How Kate Middleton’s ‘naughty’ sense of humor helped Prince William romance to blossom

Kate Middleton’s ‘naughty’ sense of humor was greatly appreciated by Prince William who once revealed the ‘good fun’ they had together…

Kate Middleton’s ‘naughty’ sense of humor once revealed by Prince William; here the couple are seen hosting a drive-in cinema screening of Disney's 'Cruella'
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Kate Middleton’s “naughty” sense of humor “helped” her romance with Prince William to blossom in the early days after meeting at St Andrews University.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be senior members of the extended Royal Family, but they’re not afraid to take a more personal approach as they undertake their busy schedule of engagements. Earlier this year Prince William and Kate Middleton’s reaction to breaking protocol during their Caribbean tour by participating in a selfie suggested they were totally comfortable with doing so. Reports have also alleged in recent months that the Cambridges are considering being addressed by their first names, instead of their titles at engagements.

The couple have also not shied away from getting candid about their personal lives and their relationship in the past. And it was during their engagement interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby in 2010, that the Duke reflected on how Kate Middleton’s “naughty” sense of humor “helped [him] out” as their romance blossomed…

“We met at university - at St Andrews - and we were friends for over a year first,” Prince William explained. “And it just sort of blossomed from then on. We just spent more time with each other and had a good giggle. Had lots of fun and realized we shared the same interests and just, you know, had a really good time.”

It was then that the Queen’s grandchild got candid about another very important factor that helped their incredible bond to grow from those early days - a rather cheeky sense of humor!

He admitted, “She’s got a really naughty sense of humor which kind of helps me because I’ve got a very dirty sense of humor. So it was good fun, we had a really good laugh. And then things happened.”

Prince William and Catherine Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace

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It might seem like just yesterday that the future King and Queen Consort gave this enlightening interview, but they’ve now been happily married for 11 years and are proud parents to three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Whilst the couple remain ever-professional at engagements, fans have loved seeing some of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s flirty banter emerge.

And they’re not the only royals who've showcased their sense of humor. Speaking in the Prince Philip BBC documentary in 2021, Prince William fondly described Prince Philip’s hilarious response to a rude remark from youths during a past vacation. 

This perhaps equaled the Queen’s response to Balmoral tourists after not being recognized, but Prince William perhaps inherited his cheeky sense of humor from his late mother, Princess Diana. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge laughs as he attends the launch of the Centrepoint Awards at the HSBC private bank

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When he was 13, Princess Diana embarrassed Prince William on his birthday after reportedly ordering him a cake shaped like breasts. 

Former Royal Chef, Darren McGrady, previously claimed, “The Princess loved embarrassing people in the nicest way, in a fun way, whether it was telling a dirty, risqué joke—which usually got me.”

Whoever Prince William’s cheekiness might’ve been inspired by, it’s lovely to think that he and Duchess Kate bonded over humor as their romance blossomed over a decade ago. 

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!