Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton is to be given training in diplomacy by a veteran advisor.
Her mentor will be Sir David Manning, who advises Princes William and Harry and who was Tony Blair's key foreign policy adviser during the approach to the Iraq war.
He has been appointed to prepare Kate for the political side of the job of being a member of the royal family.
A Buckingham Palace insider told us: "Yes, there have been concerns about Miss Middleton's diplomatic acumen - or rather the lack of it.
"First impressions were not auspicious - when she was introduced to her future grandfather-in-law, Prince Philip, she threw an arm around him and said: 'Now then, you daft old bugger - pissed off any foreigners lately?'
"Her Majesty the Queen reportedly stifled a laugh, but later let it be known that this kind of behaviour was not really acceptable.
"Miss Middleton also has a favourite greeting, for example, which would be inappropriate... it would certainly be frowned upon if she were to approach some foreign dignitary, as she is wont to do, tickle their stomach and demand, 'Hey up, moosh, how's yer belly off for spots?
"It is hoped that Sir David can iron out some of these ruffles."