Kate had a hilarious reaction after her husband Prince William expressed his intention to run a marathon during an engagement, according to Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher. Mr Fletcher attended an event at the London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in early 2017, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of their Heads Together initiative.
Mr Fletcher, who a few months later went on to participate in the London Marathon in support of his son’s diagnosis with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, recalled the conversations he had with the Cambridges at the event.
He said: “I chatted to Prince William, and he has promised that he will run a marathon in Kenya some time.”
But Kate, joking, shrugged off the Duke’s statement after Mr Fletcher reported it to her.
He recalled the Duchess joking: “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
On a more serious note, Mr Fletcher also recalled how “understanding” the Duke of Cambridge had been when hearing about his son’s mental health.
He said: “This is all very new to me — I’m learning very fast because of my son’s situation.
“William’s understanding was incredible, but also his sympathy and empathy with me. He asked me lots of questions.
“I’ve never met him before, but he’s such a warm man. Like two dads talking together.”
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Prince Harry, William and Kate launched Heads Together in 2016 to shine a light on mental health issues and eliminate the stigma surrounding them.
Despite Kate’s stark remark, neither the Duke nor the Duchess of Cambridge are believed to be allowed to run a marathon due to security issues.
Journalist Bryony Gordon recalled asking Kate in 2017 whether she would be running the London Marathon, which that year featured Heads Together as Charity of the Year.
Kate replied: “Oh no, security and all that.”
To which Bryony said to have teasingly replied: “If I can do the marathon, you can.”
While it would spark security concerns to have senior royals running a marathon, Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton was free to take part in her first race in Kenya in 2015.
Much like Pippa, Kate is known to love sports and has recently demonstrated her love for physical activities.
Earlier this month, during a visit to the Lake District, she joined a group of RAF Air Cadets to see the various activities they undertake.
The sporty Duchess had a go at abseiling, as reported by 13-year-old air cadet Itelouwa Odipe.
Recalling the conversation he had with Kate before she tried abseiling, he said: “She was about to abseil and I was next in line so she asked me if I wanted to go before her.
“I was a bit scared so I said no.
“She said if I did she would meet me down there.”
Following her successful attempt, the teen met again the Duchess, who told him abseiling was “really good” and he “should try it”.
He continued: “I think she was very kind. Even though she is a royal highness she still does things normal humans do.”
During the same visit, Kate was also photographed mountain biking with the teenagers.
Earlier this week, Kate joined British tennis stars who triumphed at the US Open, including Emma Raducanu, at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and played a game of doubles with them.
And yesterday, as she and William visited the City of Derry Rugby Club, the couple joined a rugby match.