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Royal author Andrew Morton has revealed to OK! that The Queen continues to be impressed by Kate Middleton as the Duchess loves her grandson Prince William for "himself" and "not for this title".
Going into detail about the royal couple's wedding from 11 years ago, he told us whether The Queen sees them as a "safe pair of hands" for the monarchy.
"The thing about Kate is the Queen was impressed she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title," he said.
"She spends a lot more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than she did with Charles and Diana."
He continued: "It’s pretty clear she wasn’t going to make that mistake again. Everything that happened in [Kate and William’s] relationship was quite strategic, quite thought through, after a period of time.
"In the beginning, nobody in the Royal Household expected for a second that the university romance with Catherine and William would continue for any time after they graduated, like most college romances which [disintegrate] under the intense scrutiny of jobs and geography."
Andrew added: "Immediately he left college, William doing all kinds of jobs, to get a sense of the Britain he will take over.
"Catherine was left to go her own way but she survived."
Andrew Morton is the author of new biography The Queen after writing Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words, which was first released back in 1992.
He shook the monarchy to the core with his book, which was written in collaboration with the Princess of Wales herself.
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Diana recorded secret tapes detailing her life in the House of Windsor, and these were then smuggled out of Kensington Palace to Morton, a royal reporter.
The publisher of Andrew's new book says it "takes you behind the scenes to uncover the woman behind the Crown".
It's known that Andrew will examine the relationship between the Queen and Diana, as well as how the Princess of Wales's death was dealt with in the Royal family.
He says that the separation of Charles and the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry affected the monarch so deeply that "she allowed herself to stray from the ingrained habits of a lifetime".
Andrew writes: "No longer did she have just one dry martini in the evenings; her staff noticed that Her Majesty's modest consumption of alcohol had noticeably increased. "
The Queen by Andrew Morton is out this week, published by Michael O’Mara Books (hardback, £20)
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