Kate Middleton in 'My Fair Lady' as 11-Year-Old Is Adorable (Video)

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 09:55 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, should have known she was destined for royalty back in grammar school when she starred as Eliza Doolittle in a production of "My Fair Lady."

Newly uncovered video footage shows an 11-year-old Middleton as Doolittle, a working-class Cockney girl who's trying to pass as an upscale aristocrat with help from Professor Henry Higgins.

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"The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain," Middleton says as the crowd laughs.

Middleton's love interest in the fifth-grade play was played by Andrew Alexander, who now stars as Sir John Bullock on the PBS period drama "Downton Abbey," E! Online reported.

The Daily Mail first reported on the video, but was criticized for sensationalizing the story.

"The Daily Mail, naturally, can't help but make a whole fuss about the idea of Kate having portrayed a commoner who attempts to pass herself off as a high-class member of society, writing that she got an 'early taste of stratospheric social mobility' in the role," Vanity Fair wrote.

Nevertheless, Middleton, now 32, lived out a real-life version of the grammar school production when she married Prince William in April 2011. The Duchess gave birth to Prince George — who is third in line to the throne behind grandfather Prince Charles and father William, — in July after months and months of "royal baby" media pandemonium.

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