03/15/2011 10:18 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carole & Michael Middleton To Pay Six-Figure Amount For Royal Wedding

Although the royal family usually covers the entire cost when someone gets hitched, the Middletons will be supplying a six-figure amount for Prince William & Kate's impending wedding, Vanity Fair reports.

"At first Carole rather enjoyed the attention," a family friend tells Nicholl of Kate Middleton's mother. "She seemed to find the whole thing quite dizzying, but the constant nit-picking in the press did get to her." But, says neighbor and friend Lynda Tillotson, "in the village we are very protective. There's a lot of camaraderie towards the Middletons. I think they have coped amazingly well, given the attention."

And apparently Kate's father Michael has kept the princess-to-be's feet on the ground -- "He doesn't get too swept up in the grandeur of her new life, and Kate loves him for that."

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