Kate Middleton excluded from important Royal Family tradition forever—even when she's Queen

Kate Middleton excluded from important Royal Family tradition—unchangeable factor means she'll always be on the sidelines

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Little Village Brent LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Little Village Brent on June 08, 2022 in London, England.
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Kate Middleton excluded from important Royal Family tradition, no matter how high her rank becomes. Why future Queen will never be able to take part in one of the Royal Family's most beloved traditions.

Although it's been said that Kate Middleton 'holds future of the monarchy in her hands,' and some see her as the hardest working royal, she'll never be able to take part in any horse-based activities as she's allergic to the four-legged beasts!

The revelation came when she spoke to Australian author Kathy Lette during a polo match. When the author asked the Duchess why she didn't choose to partake in the sport she admitted, "I'm allergic to horses."

It transpired that during a trip to Santa Barbara, long before Harry and Meghan moved to their Santa Barbara ‘family’ home, the royal revealed how she manages to attend polo events.

According to Clarisa Ru, wife of Santa Barbara Polo Club president Wesley Ru, who spoke to PEOPLE back in 2011—Kate has been trying to overcome her allergy.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Visits Somerset DITCHEAT, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 28: Queen Elizabeth ll feeds a carrot to a horse trained by Paul Nicholls (C) during a visit to Manor Farm Stables on March 28, 2019 in Ditcheat, England.

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“I got a chance to have a conversation with Kate,” Ru told PEOPLE. “I asked if she was into polo before she met William. She said no. But she’s been riding horses for a while and she hopes to play polo one day. She said ‘I’m actually allergic to them, but the more time one spends with them the less allergic you become.’ ”

The strange thing about these accounts is that the same year these claims were made, a rep for the Cambridges, told E! News, "The Duchess is not allergic to horses. This rumor has been around for a while but is not true."

So 'neigh'-sayers be damned—the Duchess could get involved if she wanted to.

Aoife Hanna
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