Fans of the British royal family were in for a pleasant surprise when Princess Anne, Prince William and Princess Kate appeared together on “The Good, The Bad & The Rugby”, hosted by Mike Tindall and co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne.
During the chat, which took place at Windsor Castle, William confessed the only time the sport has ever made him cry, while they shared amusing anecdotes and even brought out the Prince and Princess of Wales’s competitive spirit.
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During the 50-minute talk, William, Kate, and Anne, sponsors of the Rugby Union of Wales, the Rugby Football Union, and the Rugby Union of Scotland respectively, discussed the current state of the sport and shared some amusing anecdotes and valuable advice.
The future King of England confessed that the only time he cried while watching sport was when watching his cousin Zara, who won the equestrian championship.
“The only time I cried watching sport was when Zara won, I think that was the Europe championship. I was in Exmoor at the time camping. We were all huddled around the phone watching it. She was there, she was crying, the flag was going up. I was in pieces”.
Kate added: “I remember because you came back and said I had never been more proud of anyone”.
Princess Anne, for her part, recalled her daughter’s equestrian career, which included a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, which William said “brought a nation together”.
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While Kate added that she was “absolutely devastated” to miss Andy Murray’s 2012 match when he won his gold medal against Federer.
The conversation also touched on the friendly rivalry between the Prince and Princess of Wales, who are known to be competitive with each other.
One of the show’s presenters mentioned whether they were like Monica from the sitcom Friends, known for her relentless pursuit of being the best at everything.
“I’m really not very competitive, I don’t know where that comes from”, Kate joked to laughter, adding that she doesn’t think they could ever finish a tennis match. She said, “it becomes a mental challenge between the two of us.”
Another detail that came up in the podcast is Kate’s love of sport, including extreme sports such as swimming in cold water.
She said that the colder the water, the better. Even when it’s dark and raining, she’ll go out and find a little bit of cold water to swim in.