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 gears up to watch the Wimbledon final today, the Duchess of Cambridge has 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."

Last week, Prince William had his own awkward moment during the tennis championship, with fans flocking to social media to point out that the future King appeared to swear on live TV. ICYMI, Prince William and Kate settled into their royal box to watch a dramatic five-set quarter-finals match. As the game intensified the Duke and Duchess cheered on Britain's Cameron Norrie, but as Norrie had a slip up, Prince William seemingly let his disappointment get the better of him.

"Oh no, no, not…F…" the 40-year-old royal is seen mouthing just as the camera pans away before he's finished the sentence. "Haha Prince William saying 'No, no, no f**k it lol'" one person tweeted alongside a clip of the infamous moment, suggesting that Prince William had broken royal etiquette by swearing.

A bit of an oops, eh Will!?

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