Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton will not be working with world-famous photographer Mario Testino.

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Testino – whose intimate portraits of William’s late mother Princess Diana brought him wide acclaim – denied reports he has agreed to train the 26-year-old brunette in the art of photography at his New York studio.

Speaking at the opening of the Burberry and Vanity Fair exhibition at London’s Portrait Gallery on Monday (11.02.08), he said: “She’s not working with me, she’s not! I don’t know where that came from. I promise you, she’s not!”

When asked if he would ever consider training Kate, he told People magazine: “Maybe one day!”

Kate quit her job as an accessories buyer for British high street store Jigsaw last year to pursue her photography career. Last month, it was reported William had arranged for Kate to have private lessons with the fashion photographer and she was set to begin her training in March.

A source said at the time: “Kate is very excited. She is itching to get her teeth into a new career and says William has been fantastically supportive.”