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Kate Middleton Unveils Heartfelt Reason for Stepping Back from Tennis

Kate Middleton is known for her love of sports, especially tennis, but the Princess of Wales has had to scale back her participation in recent years.

As a busy mother of three and a dedicated royal, her time for personal hobbies has become limited.

While the Princess, who is a patron of the All England Club, is a regular at Wimbledon, both in the Royal Box and presenting trophies, she has admitted to young tennis fans that she can’t play as much as she’d like.

During a visit to Bond Primary School in Mitcham, South London, in 2018, Kate engaged with young players during a training session funded by the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.

She shared, “I love tennis, I think it’s a great sport. I was really sporty when I was little, less so now that I’ve got lots of babies! But keep it up, it’s great to be active, as everyone’s been saying here today. It’s been a real pleasure to meet all of you.”

The 42-year-old princess, despite being an avid sports enthusiast, now finds herself dedicating more time to her family and royal responsibilities.

Last year, she was accompanied by her two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the Wimbledon final.

She shared with club officials, “Louis was very upset he wasn’t coming today,” adding about her kids, “They’ve been eagerly watching. Charlotte, you’ve been getting to grips with the scoring.”

Following their chat, 16-year-old Wimbledon ball boy Joel disclosed that Louis “tries to practise the standing and staying serious like us.”

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He elaborated, “He tries to practise the stands and how we stand at the back of the court and next to the players.”

This season of Wimbledon, taking place from July 1 to 14, may see the absence of Princess Kate, as she is currently undergoing cancer treatment and has taken a break from her royal duties.

Earlier this month, the family made a rare public appearance to celebrate King Charles’ official birthday at Trooping the Colour, marking Kate’s first significant official outing since revealing her health condition in March.

Kate’s heartfelt commitment to her family and her duties, even in the face of personal challenges, continues to endear her to fans worldwide.