They say the way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach, but Prince William was already head-over-heels for Kate Middleton in 2001, without her stewing up anything at all.
With the Queen’s permission, the Duke and Duchess have hired Antonella Fresolone, one of the Queen’s top housemaids famous for her Italian dishes, to help them in their new life. Prince William and Kate, who were reluctant to hire help before are now happy with Fresolone, who has been giving Kate cooking lessons in their Nottingham Cottage.
This isn’t the first time Kate has donned the commoner hat post-marriage. She was seen using her Starbucks points card, searching for Gap jeggings and grocery shopping, but this is the first time the Duchess of Cambridge is cooking.
Recently, Kate was spotted with her mother Carole Middleton, shopping at baby boutiques and décor for their new home. The Royal couple is expected to move into Apartment 1-A Kensington Palace in London later this year, and has been busy preparing for their new home as they welcome their first child in July.
The way Kate is going, she will make Prince William fall in love with her all over again!
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2013.
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William and Kate stepped into the world of the teenage wizard and excelled at the task set them – wand combat.
The royal couple were put through their paces during a visit to officially open the STG100 million ($A150.99 million) Warner Bros studios in Leavesden near Watford on Friday and were joined by Prince Harry for the trip to Hertfordshire.
The sprawling site was the production home of all eight Harry Potter films, the James Bond movie Goldeneye starring Pierce Brosnan, the first of the Star Wars prequel films and director Tim Burton’s gothic horror Sleepy Hollow.
It is also where a major attraction is based telling the story of the boy wizard and giving fans a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of the movies through props, costumes, scenery and special effects.
Author JK Rowling was at the studios for the visit and was praised by the Duke in a speech he made before officially opening the site.
When their lesson began William was handed a replica of Harry Potter’s wand while Kate, who is six months pregnant and wore a 38 polka dot dress from Topshop, wielded Hermione Granger’s weapon.
The royal trio are all fans of the teenage wizard but only the Duchess is thought to have read the books and seen the films.
William joked about having his lessons in front of a large media pack saying: “How am I going to get out of this”, and asked about his brother who had wandered ahead to another section of the tour.
Scott Heron, 20, from the studio tour, took the lesson and showed the couple three moves – a lunge forward and back with the wand, a swishing move from side to side and finally an underarm flick.
With arms raised like they were about to go into battle William and Kate performed the move in front of some of the 500 children and their parents from charities associated with the royals who had been invited to the Potter tour.
The Duke and Duchess then faced each other and battled it out with the second-in-line to the throne claiming he had won as he playfully hit his wife with his wand.
After the lesson Mr Heron declared: “I think they could possibly be in Dumbledore’s army.”
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Insiders reveal William has the birth all planned out
Prince William is said to be determined to be by his wife Kate Middleton’s side when she gives birth to their first child in July, with insiders revealing he wants to make the Duchess of Cambridge feel as “secure” as possible.
The royal couple haven’t officially revealed the hospital where Kate will give birth, but according to a new report they have put the Royal Berkshire Hospital at the top of their list. An insider tells Life Style magazine that the hospital, near the Duchess’ parents, has facilities fit for royalty. “The Royal Berkshire is a wonderful 19th-century building with a very good level of care,” the source says.
The maternity ward of the hospital recently went through a million pound plus renovation so we’re sure it will be fit for a royal birth, if the couple have indeed settled on the location.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will welcome their first child this summer (WENN)
Another strong possibility is the St. Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London where both Prince William and Prince Harry were born. Whilst it’s the traditional choice for royal mums-to-be, the insider claims that Kate will choose the Royal Berkshire in order to show she’s a modern royal: “Kate is showing she’s much more down-to-earth.”
Prince William will be there throughout, the source adds. The father-to-be understandably wants his wife to feel safe and secure during the birth, which will of course attract the world’s attention. “He’ll make sure she feels as secure as possible,” the insider adds. “He can’t wait for this new chapter in their lives.”
It’s already been suggested that Prince William will witness the birth of his first child later this summer with royal correspondent Robert Jobsen revealing to Now this month: “I’m sure he’ll be there.”
“It’s become more common recently with the Royal Family – Peter Phillips, for instance, was at the birth of his daughters Savannah and Isla.”
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Children’s House Naomi House, (Splash News)
Phillip Schofield wants the Royal couple to star on Mr And Mrs
We’re pretty sure Kate Middleton and Prince William know a lot about each other but TV presenter Phillip Schofield wants the Royal couple to prove it after he revealed that he would like to see them appear on his TV show, All Star Mr and Mrs.
With the show featuring a host of celebrity couples being put through their paces with questions about their other halves, Phillip has claimed that he would like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to feature on the show to raise money for charity.
The TV Presenter told Heat magazine: “It would be great if [Prince] William and Kate [Middleton] could come on and do it for charity.”
Phillip wants the Duke and Duchess on All Star Mr and Mrs (WENN)
However, Phillip who also presents This Morning with Holly Willoughby, also wants Christine Bleakley and her fiance and footballer Frank Lampard and Ant McPartlin and his other half Lisa on the show.
He added to Heat magazine: “Christine and Frank, so I’m working on them, and also Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa. I think Lisa wants to do it, but Ant doesn’t do that sort of stuff, so I keep on at them.”
Revealing why he likes to present the show, the presenter added: “We get to talk to people about things we never would on the ‘This Morning’ sofa. We can ask whatever we want, because we do it with a smile and there’s a glittery clock at the end of it.”
Although he may have to wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to appear on the show as Kate is due to give birth to her first child in July, and as the couple prepare for the birth of their son or daughter, the name will be left up to Kate and Wills after royal expert Robert Jobson told Now magazine: “The names will be a matter for the couple to decide and the Queen will not get involved.
“Whether it’s a boy or girl, the Royal child will be spoiled in every way. Royal babies have several names and they’ll be traditional.”