By Emma Dooney
Kate Middleton’s genius trick for deflecting questions about her private life has finally been revealed—and we think we might borrow it ourselves.
- Kate Middleton's genius tactic for keeping questions about her personal life at bay has been revealed.
- Bond actor Rami Malek has recalled how the Duchess of Cambridge diverted his question on the red carpet with a subtle yet effective technique.
- In other royal news, the Queen’s great-nephew reveals grueling training and 'mental benefits' of latest epic challenge.
Kate Middleton’s clever tactic for fending off awkward questions has been revealed after she used it on an unassuming celebrity actor at an awards ceremony.
As a senior member of the Royal Family, the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to represent the British monarchy from the moment she leaves her home at Kensington Palace—and that often means repressing much of her individual identity.
It’s been said that Kate Middleton copies Princess Diana’s behavior when speaking with commoners, preferring to adopt a listening position rather than divulging information about herself. However, when this strategy doesn’t work, she often whips out a secret weapon—and it's so discreet you mightn’t even notice it.
Rami Malek experienced Kate’s genius trick for protecting her privacy when he met the Duchess at the BAFTAs in 2019, after asking her a question she didn’t seem to want to answer. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, the No Time to Die star admitted he caught her “off guard” with a sweet but undeniably personal query.
“I just looked at Princess Kate at one point and I said, ‘This must be exhausting.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ [I replied] ‘You just had a baby, right?’ I think she was taken aback,” he said. Kate had indeed just welcomed her third child, Prince Louis, with husband Prince William the previous year—but the subject of babies appeared off-limits for the glamorous royal.
Rami recalled that the Duchess quickly deflected the question, turning the focus back to him by asking about his wellbeing.
“[I’m like] “No, how are you?’ And in the most regal, elegant way, she gave me a look. But you can tell. Imagine, you’re dressed to the nines, have to talk to all these actors,” he added.
“They’re so careful. But it was so cool. I think I caught her off guard for a second.”
While the Duchess traditionally steers clear of conversations about her family life, she has shared a number of brief updates and fun facts about her children in the past. Kate revealed Princess Charlotte’s favorite snack at a royal engagement in 2021, as well as Prince George’s penchant for beetroot during a TV appearance on Mary Berry’s Christmas special in 2019. She has also joked that her children have grown tired of her constantly taking photos, another clever trick she uses to protect her family from the paparazzi.
“Everyone's like, 'Mummy, please stop taking photographs!'" she said during a recorded phone call with one of the winners of her Hold Still competition.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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