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"William & Catherine: Their Story," by Andrew Morton, is on shelves now.
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updated 5/20/2011 3:49:44 PM ET 2011-05-20T19:49:44

It can be hard to compete with a sister whose backside now has its own Facebook following.

But even all the hype surrounding Pippa Middleton, and her derriere, was not enough to steal the spotlight from her older sister Catherine at her wedding to Prince William of Wales, according to a new book by British author Andrew Morton of “Diana: Her True Story’’ fame. At the end of what he describes as a perfect wedding, Pippa’s rear end was merely a subplot.

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“Pippa…was but the hors d’oeuvre for the fashion banquet to come,’’ Morton writes in his newly released book on the royal couple, “William and Catherine: Their Story.’’

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Morton noted in a recent interview with Pop Eater that the sisters are “very competitive,’’ just like Prince William and his brother Harry, but that “the day was Catherine’s day and Pippa played a significant walk-on part, that was it. I don't think she stole the show.’’

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Morton’s new 224-page book details the lives of Prince William and Catherine from childhood through their courtship and then the big day. Morton watched William grow up after having been close to his mother, the late Princess Diana. “Diana: Her True Story’’ was a tell-all account of Diana’s disastrous marriage to Prince Charles that was written with Diana’s secret cooperation. It became a best-seller, detailing a life inside the royal palace filled with jealousy, adultery, bulimia, suicidal thoughts and plenty of other things that Catherine will want to avoid.

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He believes this marriage will be (gasp!)….stable. But there’s always Pippa to liven things up.

"Their marriage is going to be (steady and staid) like the queen's and Prince Philip's," Morton told USA Today. “The world is ready for a bit of calm in the House of Windsor. The fun and games will be around Pippa and James, and Prince Harry."

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Author Andrew Morton also explored the royal family's secrets in his 1992 "Diana: Her True Story."

Filled with lush color photographs of the royal couple from their childhood right up through the wedding viewed around the world, the book is the latest in a slew of releases related to the famous nuptials. It also stands in contrast to Morton’s salacious tome about Diana, considering that Catherine-don’t-call-me-Kate comes off as squeaky clean in the book despite being the first commoner to marry a future monarch since 1660.

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Morton calls her “a princess of the people’’ and details how a schoolmate once got down on bended knee for a marriage proposal in a preparatory school production of the play “Murder in the Red Barn.’’ Catherine’s prophetic reply? “Yes, oh yes, dear William.”

While classmates were sneaking vodka and smoking cigarettes at her boarding school, she was “an observer rather than a participant, the girl who watched for the arrival of the house tutor’’ to alert her friends, Morton writes. It was almost as if she knew that something big was coming ahead and refrained from any potentially embarrassing incidents that could be brought to light down the road.

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The book also details the complex relationship of William and Harry to their nanny, Alexandra “Tiggy’’ Legge-Bourke, whom Diana despised. Legge-Bourke had been hired by her husband, and Morton writes that she wrongly concluded that Charles had gotten Tiggy pregnant and then she had an abortion. Diana even dropped a fake-sympathetic “So sorry to hear about the baby” on Tiggy at a staff Christmas lunch, nearly causing Legge-Bourke to faint, according to the book.

However, the boys have remained friends with her and even had her son, Tom Pettifer, serve as a page boy at the wedding.

That streak of compassion regarding William and Harry runs through the book, including Diana’s divorce and their relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who had an affair with Charles and eventually married him in 2005. Diana often confided in a young William about her divorce negotiations and her boyfriends, according to the book.

“William was effectively used as a human shield by the courtiers in order to make Camilla acceptable to the British public and William could have made it very difficult for his father and he chose not to do so,’’ Morton told Pop Eater.

However, there was another specific occasion when William and his brother were used as “human shields,’’ and this time he did not speak to his mother for a period afterward, according to the book. His anger spiked after her televised confession in 1995 of an adulterous affair with James Hewitt. She had told her sons that Hewitt had been around to help her overcome her fear of horses and improve their riding skill, but the truth that their mother had used them as camouflage for an affair deeply hurt him.

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Diana is a continuous figure throughout the book, even after her death in a car accident in 1997. William even gave Catherine his mother’s engagement ring, with some viewing it as a romantic gesture, and others seeing it as an ominous omen given Diana’s failed marriage.

“For the foreseeable future, as much as she may wish to avoid the comparison, the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales will haunt Catherine Middleton,’’ Morton writes.

However, that doesn’t mean that Diana would not have approved of Middleton had she still been alive.

“She would have been perfect for Diana to groom into a sophisticated princess,’’ Morton told Pop Eater.

Slideshow: Princess Diana's life (on this page)

If anything, maybe Catherine is a substitute for Diana in William’s life.

“Kate is a mother figure,’’ Morton told CTV.ca. “William has been looking for a mother and found one. Simple as that.’’

Now all Catherine needs to do is get her own fawning Facebook page dedicated to her backside and the fairy tale will be complete.

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  1. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding to a waiting helicopter. (John Stillwell / PA / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The wedding bouquet of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lies on the grave of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey on April 30, 2011 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo with (left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton.

    Back Row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Mr. Michael Middleton, Mrs. Michael Middleton, Mr. James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a photograph with (clockwise from bottom right): Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, and William Lowther-Pinkerton in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. (Hugo Burnand / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The royal couple poses in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London. (Hugo Burnand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Prince William and Princess Catherine take a spin outside Buckingham Palace in a convertible following their marriage. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Members of the public gather along the Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial as they await Prince William and his wife Catherine's appearance. (Oli Scarff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Prince William, who has been given the title of The Duke of Cambridge, greets Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her husband Tim Mathieson at Buckingham Palace in London after his wedding. (Ian West / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Prince William and his wife Catherine exit the 1902 State Landau carriage as they arrive at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey. (Andrew Winning / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Prince Charles makes the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following his son's wedding at Westminster Abbey. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Prince William and Princess Catherine approach Buckingham Palace by carriage procession following their marriage at Westminster Abbey. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Rachel Jane Eardley and Diane Pallett put the finishing touches to the royal wedding cake, that Fiona Cairns and her team created for Prince William and Princess Catherine, in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Palace. (John Stillwell / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Thousands gathered outside the palace gates to witness the couples first public kiss as husband and wife. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Prince William and his wife Catherine, now known as the duchess of Cambridge, wave from their open-topped carriage as they leave Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony. (Alastair Grant / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Prince William, duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, ride along The Mall to Buckingham Palace following their marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Best man Prince Harry rides with two of the bridesmaids and a page boy in an Ascot Landau carriage along the processional route to Buckingham Palace after his brother's wedding ceremony. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Prince William and Catherine greet the thousands of people gathered along the processional route as they make their way in the 1902 State Landau carriage to Buckingham Palace. (Damien Meyer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Prince William and his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge emerge from Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony. (Lewis Whyld / Pa / Pool / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Prince William's father Prince Charles stands with Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, after the wedding ceremony of their children. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip travel in a closed-top carriage along the processional route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. An aerial view of Westminster Abbey as bride Kate Middleton arrives on the hand of her father Michael Middleton. She was trailed by her sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, as well as her bridesmaids and page boys. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Prince William puts the ring on the finger of his bride Catherine Middleton in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. The ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold. (Andrew Milligan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Guests at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton join the couple in singing hymns. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Catherine Middleton, holding the hand of her father Michael, gives her groom Prince William a big smile while joining him at the altar at the start of their wedding ceremony. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Kate Middleton walks to the alter with her father Michael. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Bride Kate Middleton walks down the aisle with her father Michael at Westminster Abbey, followed by her sister Philippa and other bridemaids. (Andrew Milligan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Page-boy Tom Pettifer laughs as he arrives at Westminster Abbey with William Lowther-Pinkerton, and bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Kate Middleton arrives with her sister Philippa Middleton at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Kate Middleton waves as she rides next to her father Michael in a Rolls Royce on their way to Westminster Abbey for her marriage to Britain's Prince William. (Tony Gentile / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Maid of honor Philippa Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for the wedding of her sister to Prince William. (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Britain's Prince William waves as he arrives with his brother Prince Harry at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for his wedding, in London on Friday. (Odd Anderson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with the Dean of Westminster as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for the wedding of her daughter to Britain's Prince William. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrives at Westminster Abbey. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Anne, the Princess Royal, arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Prince William marries Kate Middleton in the wedding watched by millions around the world (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. David and Victoria Beckham arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Beckham served as a soccer ambassador with Prince William in Britain's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam arrive at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding. (Alastair Grant / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are directed to their seats in Westminster Abbey. (Dominic Lipinska / PA Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Military bands play in London's Parliament Square ahead of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (John Giles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. A marching band of guardsmen parades along The Mall before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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  44. The Right Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster holds the wedding program, titled the Order of Service, before the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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    >>> a long way from where we are right now, a very different story about families coming together today. prince william and kate middleton entered into marriage with an estimated 2 billion people watching , a royal wedding truly for the digital age. kate snow is outside buckingham palace for us. good evening.

    >> reporter: it was a moment of history. they are officially now the duke and duchess of cambridge, but tonight, they're just william and kate having a late-night party right here at buckingham palace with all of their closest family and friends . it was majesty on a human scale . the embodiment of national pride and centuries of tradition. an estimated 1 million spectators in london alone. perhaps 2 billion more watching around the world. the day began at historic westminster abbey decked out like an anglish garden with nearly 2,000 guests. the prime minister, elton john , the beckhams. their closest friends and family, royal and otherwise. but this was william and kate 's day. he arrived with best man prince harry . moments later, right on time, kate took center stage . a first glimpse of the dress by british designer sarah burton for alexander mcqueen . she wore a halo of diamonds, a tiara borrowed from queen elizabeth herself. you look beautiful, the groom told his nervous bride as together they became husband and wife.

    >> i william author philip louis take thee katherine elizabeth.

    >> i take william william arthur philip louis to be my husband.

    >> i pronounce that they be man and wife together in the name of the father and the son and the holy ghost .

    >> and with that, the future king and queen of england began their life together. for the ride to buckingham palace , an open carriage. there was no rain to mar this parade, and the british showed once again, they know how to do pomp and pageantry. as william and kate reached the palace, thousands crowded the procession route. this was the moment they were waiting for. a moment with echoes of history and family ties . the kiss was expected. but then, with the crowd calling for more --

    >> kiss! kiss!

    >> reporter: -- another. the couple's public day was over. but wait, william and kate had one more surprise. and a break with tradition that delighted the crowd. a drive from the palace with the prince behind the wheel of a purple aston martin convertible on loan from his father. we saw centuries of tradition today, but with the hope of a new beginning. take a look at these newest pictures we have gotten in. brian, it shows the couple all decked out, ready to celebrate the night away. so many people i talked with today said they feel like today they witnessed a new chapter beginning in the monarchy. brian. hit

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