She added: “It wasn’t until a year later, when I was combing through the Portuguese police files that I discovered that the note requesting our block booking was written in a staff message book, which sat on a desk at the pool reception for most of the day.
“This book was by definition accessible to all staff and, albeit unintentionally, probably to guests and visitors, too.
“To my horror, I saw that, no doubt in all innocence and simply to explain why she was bending the rules a bit, the receptionist had added the reason for our request.
“[It was because] we wanted to eat close to our apartment as we were leaving our young children alone there and checking on them intermittently.”
Kate also went on to detail why their holiday apartment’s location was significant.
She wrote: “Our apartments were in a five-storey block accessed from the front by a road – Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva.
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