Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton can count two literary names among her distant relatives.
As well as being a cousin of children's author Beatrix Potter, the royal sweetheart is also related to Swallows And Amazons writer Arthur Ransome.
A new biography on Kate by Claudia Joseph, entitled Princess In Waiting, reveals that Hugo Lipton, the brother-in-law of the author of the classic adventure story set in the Lake District, was cousin to Kate’s great-grandmother Olive. Hugo was married to the country chronicler's sister Joyce.
Despite her literary lineage Kate has always inclined more towards art. She studied History of Art at St Andrew's University, which is where she first met William, and has since set her sights on a career in photography
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