Being polite to others is always a good place to start and you can begin your journey to good manners by holding doors open for others when possible.Good manners convey respect to those you interact with, and also commands respect from those you interact with.As Kate Middleton prepares to become Princess Catherine, there’s a lot more for her to worry about than what Pippa’s got lined up for the hen night.

Basic Etiquette Phone Etiquette Dining Manners Community Q&A Manners are an important thing to learn.

Having good manners means acting in a manner that is socially acceptable and respectful.

Excellent manners can help you to have better relationships with people you know, and those you will meet.

Some steps to take in an effort to develop good manners would be to familiarize yourself with basic etiquette such as dining and phone etiquette.

As the former principal of the famed Lucie Clayton School of Grooming and Modelling for 30 years, she has taught politicians, royalty and TV stars, and casually says: ‘I’ve trained all Prince William’s girlfriends.

Apart from Middleton.’ This, she explains, is because ‘Middleton’ was not a deb. ‘But she will have to learn to be a princess.’My own ancestry involves Russian egg-importers and Mancunian tobacconists. Prince William has grown up meeting foreign dignitaries and royalty from all over the world. Kate, however, will have to concentrate hard to avoid making a faux pas.‘Do you remember when Michelle Obama put her arm round the Queen to shepherd her? ‘One never, ever touches the Queen.’Princess Catherine will have to show subservience to other royals, and shake hands several hundred times a week, for the rest of her life.

I always thought a handshake was simple enough — it’s not.

That’s why she’s allegedly being trained up by experts in everything from how to greet foreign dignitaries to the correct method of eating a grape.

After all, Kate is posh, but she’s not aristocracy — and none of this will come naturally to her.

As a fellow commoner, I am equally un-trained when it comes to deportment, curtseying, banqueting and handling servants.

So in a bid to understand just what Kate’s up against, I booked in for Princess lessons with etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith.