Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have delighted royal fans today with their first appearance after their royal summer break. The Duke and Duchess returned from their Caribbean family holiday with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in time for the King’s Cup Regatta on the Isle of Wight. The royal pair were even seen to race against each other in the charity regatta yesterday afternoon.
However, Kate was prevented from taking part in another charity boat race when she had to follow Palace orders.
In 2007, she began the gruelling training for the dragon-boat race when she had split up from Prince William that year – but when the romance was back on, Kate was forced to pull out.
Biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, writes how Kate had to “give up” her independence when she got back together with the prince.
He writes: “She pulled out of the dragon-boat race in August with just a week to go.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton trains for the race in 2007
Race organiser Emma Sayle told the author that she pleaded with Kate in an emotional phone call: “Remember, this is not just for charity, it is for yourself.
“Please don’t drop out.
“For the first time in your life you are actually doing something for yourself.”
However, Mr Morton adds, the plea was “in vain”.
Kate and William timeline
He writes: “At a pivotal moment in her life, Kate chose to play by the [Palace’s] rules.”
Ms Sayle told Mr Morton: “It was one of the worst experiences of my life.
“I rue the day I ever met Kate Middleton.
“She is a lovely girl, but everything that comes with her – the paparazzi, the egos, and Clarence House – made it a nightmare.”
Kate Middleton and Emma Sayle pictured during training
Ms Sayle said she begged Kate not to pull out of the race
The rowing team were set to race a Chinese dragon boat 21 miles across the English Channel to raise money for charity.
Mr Morton continues: “[Kate’s] friend Alicia Fox-Pitt also had to drop out after breaking her collar bone in a riding accident.
“Alicia, however, travelled to Dover to wave the team off on what proved to be a world-record-breaking endeavour.
“As for Kate, it was as if the last three months of relative independence had become another country, the Sisterhood never heard from her again; not so much as a word of congratulation or a donation to the children’s charities for which the women raised more than £100,000.”
Kate with Meghan Markle and sister Pippa at Wimbledon
William saw the error of his ways and whisked Kate off on a romantic Seychelles getaway that summer, where they made a secret pact of commitment to each other.
Mr Morton adds: “While Emma Sayle was helming the dragon coat across the choppy Channel, Kate and William, under the assumed names of Martin and Rose Middleton, were bidding farewell to the paradise island of Desroches in the Outer Seychelles, where they had spent a sublime week renewing their love affair.”
By 2010, William was ready to propose and secretly tucked his mother’s world-famous engagement ring into his backpack to surprise Kate with when he proposed to her in the remote Kenyan mountains.
They wed in front of billions of viewers around the globe in their spectacular royal wedding in 2011, ten years after they first met at university.
The Duke and Duchess welcomed Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.