Kate and Prince William caught up in weather hell as heavy rain sparks safety warning

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have been forced to move their charity regatta to another day due to adverse weather conditions, Kensington Palace announced.

Kate and Prince William were supposed to go head-to-head in a charity regatta taking place in Cowes on Friday. But “adverse weather conditions” have forced the royals to reschedule the much-anticipated event, Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter. 

The palace wrote on the social media platform: “Due to adverse weather conditions forecasted for Friday in Cowes, The King’s Cup hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will now take place on Thursday 8th August at 1400hrs.” 

The event, launched in May when Kate and William headed to Cutty Sark in London to unveil the historic King’s Cup, won’t see any other changes. 

Members of the public who were planning to head to Cowes to watch the regatta can still do so, Kensington Palace wrote. 

They said: “Members of the public are invited to watch the race and prize-giving ceremony from the SailGP Race Village, which will be free to access and includes a 500-seater grandstand.”  

Kate and Williams Kings Cup will take place on Thursday instead of Friday Image GETTY
Kate and Williams Kings Cup will take place on Thursday instead of Friday Image GETTY

Kate and William’s King’s Cup will take place on Thursday instead of Friday (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and Prince William unveiled the King’s Cup in May (Image: GETTY)

However, some royal fans who had planned to spend their Friday in Cowes to see live the sporty royal couple becoming skippers for charity will no longer be able to attend. 

One wrote, together with a series of crying emoji: “I’ll be back in school then”. 

But another, understanding that the royals had to change their plans to protect the safety of those taking part in the championship, said: “Ooohhh no issues! We’ll get to catch all the fun a day earlier!” 

Kate and Prince William will race to cast a light on eight charities they support Image GETTY
Kate and Prince William will race to cast a light on eight charities they support Image GETTY

Kate and Prince William will race to cast a light on eight charities they support (Image: GETTY)

The Met Office warned that on Friday the south-west of England will be hit by “heavy rain and strong winds”. 

Warning the bad weather in the region will likely continue throughout the weekend, meteorologists said: “Heavy rain and strong winds pushing northwards early on Friday, followed by scattered thundery showers.

“Saturday, very windy with gales and thundery showers. Less windy with fewer showers by Sunday.” 

On the other hand, Thursday will be sunny and dry in Cowes, according to forecasters. 

Strong winds and heavy rains are to be expected on Friday in Cowes Image WINDY
Strong winds and heavy rains are to be expected on Friday in Cowes Image WINDY

Strong winds and heavy rains are to be expected on Friday in Cowes (Image: WINDY)

Kate and William have raced against one another before Image GETTY
Kate and William have raced against one another before Image GETTY

Kate and William have raced against one another before (Image: GETTY)

The Met Office said: “A dry and bright start for many, but cloud will thicken and outbreaks of rain will arrive from the southwest through the afternoon.

“A wet and windy night will follow. Maximum temperature 23C.” 

The King’s Cup regatta will see eight crews racing against each other, each one representing one organisation backed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

With this initiative, the couple want to raise awareness and shed a light on the work these charities do. 

Royal Familys members on social media Image EXPRESS
Royal Familys members on social media Image EXPRESS

Royal Family’s members on social media (Image: EXPRESS)

Kensington Palace revealed last week that, alongside with Kate and Prince William, there will be six British celebrities playing the role of skippers on the remaining boats. 

The palace wrote on Friday: “Just one week to go until The King’s Cup charity regatta. 

“Today we’re excited to reveal the ambassadors representing each of the eight charities benefitting from the Regatta.

“These are: The Duke of Cambridge, representing @childbereavementuk

“The Duchess of Cambridge, representing The Royal Foundation’s Early Years programme 

“Bear Grylls, representing @tusk_org 

Fans of Kate and William will be able to watch the race from the SailGP race village Image GETTY
Fans of Kate and William will be able to watch the race from the SailGP race village Image GETTY

Fans of Kate and William will be able to watch the race from the SailGP race village (Image: GETTY)

“Fara Williams, representing @centrepointuk

“Dan Snow, representing @ldnairamb

“John Bishop, representing @actiononaddiction 

“Katie Thistleton, representing @_place2be

“Helen Glover, representing @afnccf

“The ambassadors will skipper each of the eight boats, with the winning team awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.”

Source: EXPRESDS CO UK