Why Kate Middleton was royally teased by Prince William's family in the early days

Kate was teased by members of the royal family after her first walkabout

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Queen Elizabeth II (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) watch a fashion show at De Montfort University on March 8, 2012 in Leicester, England. The royal visit to Leicester marks the first date of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK between March 8 and July 25, 2012. (Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
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Since Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010, the nation has taken her into their hearts. She’s always appeared with grace, poise and an enviable wardrobe, so it might be surprising to learn that during the early days of royal duties the family found a way to tease the newcomer. 

Naturally, there was some adjustment period to become accustomed to royal life, but in a candid BBC interview for the Queen’s 90th birthday, which aired eight years ago, Kate opened up about some royal ribbing she received from her first solo outing with the Queen. 

"The most memorable engagement for me I suppose was an away day to Leicester and I went without William so I was rather apprehensive about that," Kate, who resides at Adelaide Cottage with William and the Wales children, shared. 

SANDRINGHAM, NORFOLK - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Princess of Wales and Mia Tindall greet well-wishers after attending the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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Though she seemed cool, calm and collected as Kate chatted with the public, she realised there was one area that had room for improvement. Turns out there’s a real art to being married to someone in the royal line of succession

"I think there is a real art to walkabouts, everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting so I think I've still got to learn a little bit more and pick up a few more tips I suppose,” she added. 

In the tribute to the late Queen, Kate also went onto praise how "supportive" the Queen was of her, especially during the early days when she became a regular attendee at royal engagements. 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge view the exhibitions for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2011 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge's intricately decorated wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is currently on display at Buckingham Palace (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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"She was very supportive," Kate said.

"The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she's doing is a very small element, which just shows how caring she is, really."

In the past, Kate has also spoken fondly about the late Queen’s relationship with her granddaughter, Princess Charlotte. 

She said, "I think she's very fond of Charlotte, always watching what she's up to. George is only two and a half and calls her 'gan-gan.'"

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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"She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows, I think, her love for her family."

After the birth of her second child, Kate also spoke about the Queen’s reaction to Charlotte’s arrival, revealing, "She was really thrilled that it was a little girl and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington [Palace] she was one of our first visitors here."

Jess Bacon

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