05/01/2013 12:46 pm ET Updated May 01, 2013

Middleton Sisters Intimidated Classmates At Marlborough College, Says Student's Mother


If you didn't already think the Middletons led a pretty flawless existence, there's now more anecdotal proof: Carole Middleton made other mothers feel "hopeless" by buffing her teenage daughters to perfection.

In a profile of the royal mum, Tatler speaks to a mother whose child was in the same house as the duchess at Marlborough College, Kate and Pippa's elite boarding school. She claims that the Duchess of Cambridge was "immaculately dressed even as a teenager" and that both girls were intimidatingly well-groomed by their mother:

"There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons. Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name tape, for instance. There were huge picnics at sports day; the smartest tennis rackets, that kind of thing. It made other families feel rather hopeless."

It's no secret that the Middleton parents know a thing or two about marketing and keeping up appearances -- they built their fortune through a party-planning business. But these latest quotes are sure to reignite those old rumors about Carole and Michael's social climbing tactics. After all, some may wonder if it's a coincidence that Kate and Pippa ended up at the same college as the likes of Princess Eugenie and SamCam.

"The thing that no one seems to get about Carole is how cosy she really is," the mother adds in Tatler. "Yes, she looks quite intimidating, but no one could be more family-minded. More of homebody".

Hey, who are we to judge Carole? Obviously, whatever she did totally worked. So what do you think of the latest gossip? Could you have already guessed that Kate was pretty perfect as an adolescent?

Behold the Middleton family's flawlessness:

The Middleton Family In All Their Glory

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