Kate Middleton was 'mortified' after her father made this comment at Wimbledon

Kate Middleton was 'mortified' when her father, Michael Middleton, made an awkward mistake when speaking to a famous tennis player

Kate Middleton was 'mortified'
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Kate Middleton was 'mortified' when her father Michael Middleton made an awkward mistake at Wimbledon a few years ago that the Duchess found embarrassing. 


The Duchess of Cambridge's family adores tennis and the Middletons are often pictured with members of the extended royal family at Wimbledon, the famous London tennis tournament.

On a few occasions, the Duchess has bought her father, Michael Middleton, to Wimbledon, who is an avid sports fan. However, her father's attendance at the recent hasn't always been smooth sailing. 

The Duchess of Cambridge revealed in a 2017 documentary titled, Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon, that her father once embarrassed her with his causal comment to a famous tennis player. Reportedly Michael very casually called Tim Henman 'Pete' after he confused the tennis player with Pete Sampras who he had just watched play.

"My father is not going to appreciate this, but we were walking past Tim Henman and we had just seen Sampras play," said Catherine in the documentary, "my dad said very coolly, 'Hi Pete',” she said. "I was mortified!"

Not only did the father of the future Queen accidentally mix up the tennis players but he also casually addressed him before they had even been introduced, quite a hilarious royal faux pas! 

Kate Middleton

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Wimbledon is set to continue this week and will conclude on Sunday, July 10, 2022. Although members of the Royal Family have not yet been spotted at the London sporting event, it is thought that many royals will be attending matches in the coming weeks and watching from the Wimbledon Royal Box.

Although royal fans are excited to see any royals at this event, there is specific excitement about a potential appearance from the Duchess of Cambridge. Many fans adore Kate Middleton's best Wimbledon looks and can't wait to see what Catherine will wear this year to the high-class sporting event.

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