Carole Middleton supported by Prince William at Royal Ascot amid awkward moment Kate’s faced before

Carole Middleton has attended Ascot for the first time since 2022 and Prince William came to her rescue after a brief mishap

Composite of pictures of Carole Middleton in a blue dress and Prince William in a suit at Royal Ascot 2024
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Carole Middleton was supported by Prince William at Royal Ascot amid an awkward moment that her daughter Kate’s faced before.

The Princess of Wales’s mother was the epitome of elegance as she made her first public appearance so far this year on Day 3 of Royal Ascot. Stepping out with her husband Michael, Carole Middleton wore a beautiful powder blue floral dress with navy accessories to watch the races in what was also her first time at Ascot for two years. Whilst this particular outfit was worthy of any summer capsule wardrobe, her heels proved briefly tricky and Prince William stepped in to assist his mother-in-law during a rare awkward moment.

Walking on grass is never easy at the best of times but even your best white trainers aren’t Ascot appropriate and the delicate heel of one of Carole’s navy court shoes ended up getting stuck and coming off her foot.  

Composite of pictures of Carole Middleton holding Prince William’s hand at Ascot as he helps her after her heel got caught in the grass

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Never one to be flustered, she took it in her stride and Prince William came to her rescue, holding her hand to support her whilst she put her shoe back on. Parts of this moment were captured in photographs taken from the day and it’s clear from the shocked but amused looks on both Carole and the Prince of Wales’s faces that they found this slight wardrobe malfunction rather hilarious. Prince William was clearly more than happy to help and it’s not like a heel getting stuck is something he’s never had to assist with before.

Prince William, Prince of Wales assists Carole Middleton as she gets the heel of her shoe stuck in the grass on day two of Royal Ascot 2024

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Back in 2013 when he and Kate were visiting the Mons Barracks for the annual St Patrick’s Day parade he supported her in exactly the same way when a similar thing happened. One of the Princess of Wales’s heels got temporarily stuck in the grate of a drain. Prince William was pictured holding carefully onto his wife’s hand whilst she seamlessly sorted out her shoe.

Both Kate and Carole couldn’t have resolved their shoe mishaps more gracefully, thanks to the support of the future King. Whilst mother and daughter haven’t been spotted wearing them, shoe protectors are Zara Tindall’s shoe trick to help prevent her heels from sinking into grass. 

Prince William supports Kate Middleton as her heel is stuck in a drain grate at Mons Barracks in 2013

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They were spotted attached to her Emmy London Rebecca heels at a Buckingham Palace garden party back in May and can be picked up from as little as £6.59 on Amazon. It’s a practical choice and they can be very subtle, although over the years it’s been suggested that the royals have also simply become experts at putting the pressure on their toes when they walk across grass to avoid sinking into it.

Carole’s recent heel mishap didn’t seem to diminish her enjoyment of the races and she was seen chatting animatedly with not only Prince William, but Princess Eugenie and Duchess Sophie too. She and her son-in-law are understood to have a close relationship and royal expert Katie Nicholl previously described Carole and Michael as Prince William and Kate’s "anchor". 

Sir Francis Brooke, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton attend day two of Royal Ascot 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2024

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As per OK!, Katie claimed, "William has always loved spending time with all the Middletons as it’s his escapism. He’s close to Carole and Michael and always insisted the royal family treat them well".

She added, "William has found weekends away with them so relaxing. It’s a close-knit family and more than anything, they’re very normal. It’s the family dynamic he wished he’d had growing up and it’s how he’s trying to raise his own kids."

Carole and Prince William looked to have thoroughly enjoyed Day 3 of Ascot and many fans might well be hoping that the Princess of Wales’s mother attends Wimbledon again this year too once it starts on 1st July. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!