Kate was ‘mortified’ by her father Michael Middleton after embarrassing Wimbledon gaffe | royal | New

The Duchess was also accompanied by her close family; his parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and his sister Pippa Matthews were all pictured playing tennis alongside the royal family.

However, one year Kate revealed that putting her family in the spotlight didn’t always go to plan.

Speaking to the BBC, the future queen said her father made an effort to play it cool in front of former UK number one Tim Henman but ended up leaving her “mortified”.

She told 2017 documentary ‘Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon’: “My dad isn’t going to appreciate this, but we were walking past Tim Henman and we had just seen Sampras play.

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“My dad said very coldly, ‘Hi Pete’.

“I was mortified!”

However, Michael’s embarrassing moment didn’t stop the Duchess from inviting her father to future tennis tournaments.

In 2021, Kate and Michael stepped out together to watch the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, which saw Djokovic emerge victorious.

But first they settled for the men’s wheelchair final between Britain’s Gordon Reid and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.

In a rare royal event, the Tindalls amped up the PDA on their outing to Wimbledon, kissing and holding hands as they watched the action unfold on the court. The couple were the first members of the royal family to attend this year’s event.

On Friday, Princess Michael of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Earl of St Andrews and Lady Marina Windsor added royal glamor in numbers.

Kate is expected to be in attendance for the next few days and as royal patroness she usually presents the winners’ trophies.

The Duchess is not only a sports fan, but also an avid gamer.

Speaking to Sue Barker, Kate revealed Wimbledon helped inspire her to take up the sport.

She said: “It’s such an essential part of the English summer, and I think it really inspires young people, myself, it inspired me, when I was younger to get involved in the Game.”

It has also been reported that the royal is passing on her passion to her three children, with the family spotted at the Hurlingham Club, an exclusive sports club in London, earlier this year.

Prince George even got a private lesson from tennis great Roger Federer, who described the heir to the throne as a “lovely lad” and praised his skills in the sport.

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