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Heard on the Hill: Spotted on Capitol Hill: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton has been roaming the Congressional hallways.

Not the fiancee of Great Britain’s Prince William, mind you. We’re talking about the deputy press secretary to Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.).

While the world is obsessed with future princess Kate Middleton, HOH chatted with Hill staffer Kate Middleton about living life with the same name as the most famous bride-to-be on the planet. Adding to the comparison is the fact that, with her brown hair and green eyes, staffer Middleton bears a slight resemblance to the soon-to-be royal.

“It’s definitely been interesting,” Middleton says. “It helps people remember my name a little better.”

Middleton has been linked to her British counterpart since she was in high school, when the other Kate started dating Prince William. Then as a broadcast journalism major at Indiana University, Middleton often would post clips online, leading commenters to ask whether she was “the Kate Middleton.”

But her name really became a big deal after the royal engagement was announced in November. Since it was the holiday reception season, Middleton often had to wear a name tag at events.

“Everybody would just laugh, and they thought that I had this big sense of humor,” Middleton says. “And I’d be like, ‘Really, no. That’s my name.’”

Other Hill aides have gotten in on the joke. Staffer Kurt Bardella met Middleton around the time the New York Times ran a story about British Kate Middleton’s love of the fashion line Issa. Bardella is press secretary to Rep. Darrell Issa, leading to some funny jokes about the California Republican being staffer Middleton’s dress designer.

Another day, Bardella and Middleton ate lunch at Tortilla Coast. Bardella put it on Facebook, leading people to ask whether his companion was “the Kate Middleton.”

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