Kate Middleton and Prince William have spoken about their “very competitive” nature.
The Prince and Princess of Wales joined Princess Anne and her son-in-law, Mike Tindall, for a special appearance on the former rugby player’s podcast, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Rugby’, which was broadcast live on Saturday.
In a comment directed at Kate, Tyndall drew attention and jokingly said, “I wouldn’t say you’re very competitive, but…”
“I’m not competitive at all,” said the Princess, smiling, though Tyndall didn’t have it.
“I saw her playing beer pong!” The announcer joked, while the princess let out a laugh.
Kate then notes that her competitive side extends far beyond just beer poop, and that he’s carried over into playing sports with William.
“I don’t think we’ve ever really been able to finish a tennis match, just the two of us,” said the royal, who is royal sponsor of the All England Tennis and Croquet Club (which hosts Wimbledon). The game “becomes a mental challenge between us”.
It becomes “who can mentally outdo each other,” William added.
Tyndall asked if any of the couple’s three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, had started to show that mental competition.
“Just a little, I would suggest,” said Princess Anne, smiling.
“What I think is really interesting, is that they all obviously have very different temperaments, and as they grow up and try out different sports – obviously they’re still really young – it will be interesting to see how this grows and develops.”
While the podcast centered around rugby, the Prince and Princess of Wales spoke about their love of other sports. For William, it’s football, while Kate confesses her sudden love for “cold swimming”.
“I really like all sports in general,” Kate said, especially as she personally loves tennis, paddle tennis and swimming.
“A cold swim—the colder the better. I absolutely love it,” she said. “Slightly to the point where William says, “Catherine, you’re crazy!” The weather is dark and rainy. I’ll go and find cold water.
While appearing on the rugby podcast might seem a bit random at first glance – aside from the royal connection – Anne, William and Kate all have ties to the sport.
Princess Anne is the patron of the Scottish rugby union, while the Prince is the patron of the Welsh rugby union.
The Princess of Wales was recently appointed Patron of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League in England in 2022, after taking over the role from Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex’s patronage has returned to the Queen after he steps down from the royal family.
The appearance of the podcast was also timed to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup in France. Both the Prince and Princess of Wales have attended matches at the sporting event so far.
Prince Harry is also in Europe at the moment, not far from the royal family. The Duke of Sussex attended the WellChild Awards on Thursday and is currently in Dusseldorf, Germany, to support the 2023 Invictus Games. Harry, William and Charles are not expected to reunite at any time during the trips.
William will head to New York next week, to support his environmental award, the Earthshot Prize. The Prince of Wales was supposed to attend the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit – hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies – in person last year. Due to Queen Elizabeth’s death – and the subsequent period of royal mourning before her funeral – the Prince was unable to attend in person.
This year, he is expected to appear alongside Michael R. Bloomberg in person to announce the 15 finalists for the 2023 Earthshot Prize.
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