Kate Middleton's being taught to toughen up

New royal Kate Middleton has been sent on a course to train in key survival skills.

Since her wedding to Prince William, Kate‘s rising status and increased popularity has made her a potential target for terrorists and abductors.

‘She has been well trained in what to do should the unthinkable happen,’ says a source.

Kate‘s been taught how to notice unusual goings on in her surroundings, how to react if attacked and how best to build a relationship with hostage-takers.

Husband Wills, 29, took the programme when he was 16 and was taught how to fire a submachine gun.

Other royals including the Queen have also completed the course, which is usually taught by SAS or MI5 officers and can take several months.

‘VIP kidnap protection training teaches how to cope both mentally and physically,’ the source tells The Sun.

‘The mental element involves reacting to unusual situations, such as when there was a stranger in the Queen‘s bedroom – and she just started talking to him.’

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