Princess Kate reveals being royal isn’t all fun and games

Kate joins school pupils for Chelsea Flower Show’s first children’s picnic

The Princess of Wales shared some rare insight into what being a senior member of the Royal Family. Kate made a surprise visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week where she spent time with children from 10 primary schools in the first-ever Children’s Picnic. Some inquisitive youngsters asked the royal what it was like being a member of the Royal Family to which Kate admitted you “have to work hard”.

The Princess admitted to the children: “You have to work hard, but you know the best thing about it is meeting kiddies like you.”

Asked what the Royal Family does, the mum-of-three said: “They help support all the different people in the country, showcase all the amazing work being done and look after everyone.” During the visit, Kate had to decline one of the children’s requests for an autograph due to royal protocol.

One young fan asked the Princess to sign a drawing but Kate was overheard saying: “I can’t write my name, but I can draw.”

Later on, Kate was asked why she couldn’t sign her name to which she explained: “My name’s Catherine. I’m not allowed to write my signature, it’s just one of those rules.”

Reports suggest it is a long-standing rule within the Royal Family that members are forbidden from signing autographs in a bid to prevent signatures from being forged.

Another child asked if Kate made the laws to which she answered: “The Prime Minister makes the laws.”

The visit came after a busy few weeks for the Princess following the King’s Coronation. 

The Princess made an honest confession during an appearance to mark mental health awareness week when she joined a group of students at a Dame Kelly Holmes Trust event in Bath. 

One student asked Kate if she wanted to be royal as the Princess admitted she never expected it but “fell in love” with Prince William.

The Prince and Princess dated for almost a decade after meeting at St Andrews University. In 2010 the couple announced their engagement before tieing the knot at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Two years later they welcomed their first child Prince George, who is now eight followed by Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018.

Elsewhere at the flower show, Kate revealed Prince Louis is taking part in a gardening project at school.

She said: “Louis is growing broad beans at school. You put them in a cup and you can see the roots growing. They get big quickly like sunflowers.”

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Kate’s visit aimed to bring gardening and nature into children’s lives after the Princess launched RHS Back to Nature Gardens at Chelsea and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2019.

She joined pupils from ten difference schools across London including, Cameron Vale School, Alec Reed Academy, St George’s CofE Primary School, St Augustine’s CofE Primary, Falconbrook Primary School, Christ Church CofE Primary School, Glenbrook Primary School, St Mary’s CofE Primary School, St George’s Church of England Primary School and Laycock Primary School.

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