Kate Middleton horrified by Prince William’s unusual gift ‘It didn’t go well!’


KATE MIDDLETON was once horrified by an unusual gift the Duke of Cambridge gave to her early on in their relationship, the royal has now revealed during a chat with footballer Peter Crouch on his podcast.

Prince William recalled an occasion where the Duchess of Cambridge was less than impressed with him after he had gifted her a pair of binoculars. The Duke of Cambridge made the candid admission during an appearance on BBC’s That Peter Crouch Podcast where he discussed the importance of mental health, his role as President of the Football Association and bad presents. 

The Duke of Cambridge joined Peter Crouch, Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce to mark the end of the podcast’s fourth series. 

In a discussion about bad presents, Prince William recalled an incident early on in his romance with Kate Middleton. 

He revealed: “I think I gave my wife a pair of binoculars once. That was early on in the courtship that was. 

“I wrapped them. They were really nice. I was trying to convince myself about it. 

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Kate Middleton wasn’t impressed with Prince William’s gift (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton was gifted the present early in their romance (Image: GETTY)

“I was like, ‘But these are really amazing, look how far you can see!’ She was looking at me going, ‘They’re binoculars, what’s going on?’

“It didn’t go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars.”

As President of the Football Association, Prince William has used his position to start up conversations about mental health within the sport which he also discussed with the former England and Liverpool striker.

The Prince revealed why renaming the FA Cup Final was important as he explained: “We got the FA Cup Final renamed ‘Heads Up FA Cup Final’. 

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Prince William made the admission on That Peter Crouch Podcast (Image: BBC)

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton was gifted a pair of binoculars by Prince William (Image: GETTY)

“We’re hoping the principle of renaming the FA Cup is a big enough statement that the UK will show the world, the footballing world particularly, that by coming together you can really make a statement that male men’s health really matters.

“I’m hoping that it’s setting the example and principle that mental health is important and hopefully that message emanates to the fans and everyone who cares about mental health. 

“We all have mental health and we all need to look after it.”

Also during the discussion, Prince William has often been spotted in the stands supporting his club Aston Villa and told Peter why he chose them as his team. 

The Prince said: “Only in the last few years have I really got a grip of Villa as my team. I watch them a lot. I get into stats and I watch them every week.

“It was the first FA Cup game I went to. It was a Villa versus Bolton game and I remember sitting in the stands with a beanie on.

“I must have been about 12 or 11 and I went with a load of mates. I sat there amongst all the Villa fans and I loved it. I thought the atmosphere and team ethos was great.

“At the time I desperately didn’t want to support Man United or Chelsea like everyone else at school.”

“I liked the idea that Villa had a real history, winning European cups and stuff like that,” he added. 

“I felt a real connection with the club, more than I felt watching some of the other ones. 

“Villa felt like a really proud Midlands club and it felt very special.”

That Peter Crouch Podcast is available on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live.