Kate Middleton ‘took control’ after Prince William’s attempt to ‘impress’ her ended in disaster

Prince William once hoped to win Kate Middleton’s heart with ‘fancy meals’ at university though they were often accompanied by ‘angst’...

Kate Middleton ‘took control’ to rescue kitchen disasters at university, seen here with Prince William at the official opening of The Glade Of Light Memorial
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Kate Middleton “took control” after Prince William’s attempt to impress his future wife in the early days of their blossoming romance ended in disaster.  

The extended Royal Family are thought to have a number of traditions they follow when it comes to their food, from the Queen’s bizarre dinner rule to the common foods the royals can’t eat. Though whilst they might have delicious meals cooked for them, they’re not afraid to get in the kitchen themselves. It’s thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are likely successors to Prince Philip’s role as family barbecue master and who wouldn’t be tempted by Kate Middleton’s heatwave salad

Prince William has also turned his hand to cooking and once revealed how Kate Middleton was often left "taking control of the whole situation" when his attempts to win her over ended in disaster. Opening up to ITV’s Tom Bradby after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement was announced in 2010, the future King explained that elaborate meals weren’t really his forte…

Asked whether the Queen’s grandchild ever cooked, Duchess Kate shared that in the early days of them getting to know each other at the University of St Andrews, he had done so often. Though it seems things didn’t always go to plan in the kitchen as she described these meals as coming with a bit of “angst”.

“He did cook for me quite a bit at university,” the Duchess of Cambridge explained. “And it would always come with a bit of angst and a bit of anger if something had gone wrong.”

Thankfully for Prince William, the future Queen Consort used to come to the rescue as she disclosed, “I’d have to wander in and save something that was wrong.”

The Duke of Cambridge later admitted that over the years he’s got “better” but that when he was trying to “impress” Kate, he’d aim high with his culinary ambitions. 

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

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“I get quite lazy about cooking because, you know, when I come back from work and stuff it’s the last thing I want to do, really, is spend or lose time cooking,” he said, before adding, “But when I was trying to impress Kate, I was trying to cook these amazing fancy meals.”

Prince William then admitted ruefully, “All that would happen is I’d burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she’d be sitting in the background trying to help and basically taking control of the whole situation. So I was quite glad she was there at the time!”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet students during a visit to the University of St Andrews

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Now over a decade later it remains to be seen whether Kate Middleton is still “taking control” of the kitchen situation at their residences at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. The couple supposedly had their Norfolk kitchen refurbished before they moved in and it’s claimed the Queen had a priceless reaction to their finished kitchen with reported communal family spaces. 

So it seems that despite his earlier culinary disasters, Prince William and Kate Middleton do still enjoy spending time in their kitchen at home all these years later.

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!