While we've all diligently followed the epic love story of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from day one, but turns out, Kate's affections were claimed long before Prince William was in the picture. But it wasn't by someone, rather it was by something: tennis!
Speaking in a new BBC1 documentary titled Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon, Kate shared that her love of the game dates back to when she was far from being a royal.
"I have watched Wimbledon—that was very much part of my growing up," the 35-year-old shared. "It's hugely special. I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic, and Steffi Graf. Those are my first memories."
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In fact, the world-famous tournament is so close to her heart that Kate recently became a patron of Wimbledon. Touching upon her new role, she gushed: "Being able to go into Wimbledon and be part of an amazing atmosphere is special."
Apparently, a love of tennis—as well as some its star players—runs in the family. Kate wasn't shy about revealing that one notable name in particular had caught Carole Middleton's eye.
"Roger [Federer] is my mother's heartthrob," said Kate. "I don't think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too."
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Kate shared more of her parents' embarrassing moments, and even hilariously admitted that her father got starry-eyed around a former Wimbledon champion.
"My father is not going to appreciate this, but we were walking past Tim Henman and had just seen Sampras play. My dad said, ‘Hi Pete.' I was mortified."
Cringe-worthy moments and all, Kate is still a loyal fan of the game and attends Wimbledon every year.
You go, Kate! We're sure William can't be too jealous that the sport holds such a special place in your heart.
h/t Woman and Home
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