The Duchess of Cambridge will take on a role held by Prince Harry and it could put her at odds with husband Prince William in just under a month’s time.
Kate, 40, looks set to be unveiled as the new patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as Eddie Jones’ side prepare for yet another Calcutta Cup clash in their opening game of the Six Nations on February 5.
The announcement, which according to sources will be made “imminently”, would make the Duchess the first member of the Royal Family to take on one of Prince Harry’s patronages since he gave up his roles.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, handed his patronages back to the Queen, 95, in 2021 after he and wife Meghan Markle, 40, confirmed they would not be returning as working royals.
However, Kate could find herself in a difficult position on February 26 when England face reigning Six Nations champions Wales at Twickenham.
Prince William, 39, has served as the patron of the Welsh Rugby Union since 2016 and even found himself wearing a scarlet jersey next to his brother when Wales beat England 28-25 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The grudge match between England and Wales could add yet another competitive element to the couple’s relationship.
A source said: “They are famously competitive with each other and this will be no different – probably even more so now that they have an invested interest in the outcome of the game.”
The Duchess’ sister, Pippa, has also revealed how important rugby is to the Middleton family.
Writing for Vanity Fair back in 2014, she said: “Rugby was a big thing for our family, we’d plan our weekends around the big matches.”
MORE TO FOLLOW…