Kate Middleton says this embarrassing Wimbledon moment left her "mortified"

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
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Kate Middleton is known for her elegance and composure – but that's not to say she doesn't suffer the odd embarrassing moment just like the rest of us. In fact, as the world geared up to watch the Wimbledon final yesterday (10 July), the Duchess of Cambridge had been reminiscing about an awkward moment at a previous game that left her "mortified".

As the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Kate often watches Wimbledon games from the royal box on the Centre Court. Sometimes she's joined by her husband, Prince William, as well as high-profile celebrities. Her parents have made their own appearance in the royal box too, with dad Michael Middleton perhaps getting too comfortable, according to the Duchess.

Recalling the embarrassing moment in question – whilst appearing on the BBC documentary, Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon – Kate said: "My father is not going to appreciate this but we were walking past Tim Henman and we had just seen [Pete] Sampras play. My dad said very coolly, 'Hi Pete'. I was mortified!"

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Thankfully, the cringe encounter didn't put her off the sport altogether, as the Duchess went on to talk about her fondness for tennis, describing Wimbledon as being "very much" part of her life growing up. "It's such a quintessential part of the English summer," she said, adding: "I think it really inspires youngsters, myself, it inspired me when I was younger to get involved in the game. It hasn't changed either, I think that's what's so wonderful."

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