Kate’s mum Carole Middleton helped Duchess win over Prince William with £1 Viennetta


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother Carole Middleton helped her daughter win over Prince William with a special dessert she laid out every time the Prince came to visit them, according to expert Luisa Ciuni.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William became a couple after a year of having met each other while attending the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The first signs the pair’s lasting relationship appeared after the royal joined his then-girlfriend to have tea with her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, at their home in Berkshire. Royal commentator Luisa Ciuni suggested William was ultimately won over not only by the normalcy shown to him but also by the very common dessert he was offered during his visits.

Speaking to Tv2000, Ms Ciuni said: “At first, after overcoming a certain degree of embarrassment – Kate and William were still young, at university – they said, ‘come and have tea at our house.’

“They brought a Viennetta and he had never eaten something so good.

“From then on, Mrs Middleton, a mother who has since been accused of having groomed her daughters to become princesses, was in charge of making the prince have a Viennetta every time he visited because he didn’t normally have it.”

Viennetta is an ice cream cake found in most British supermarkets since it was first launched in 1982, the same year Prince William was born.

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge won over William thanks to her family (Image: GETTY)

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Carole Middleton offered Prince William a Viennetta when he first visited the Middletons (Image: GETTY)

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Kate’s mum Carole Middleton used to give Prince William the tasty desert (Image: GETTY)

The special role the everyday Viennetta seemed to play in the relationship between Kate and William comes as no surprise as the royal is known to have a soft spot for dessert.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady told royal fans earlier this month the Duke of Cambridge and his younger brother Prince Harry always “went back for” a sweet treat at the end of their meals while growing up.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr McGrady said: “At Kensington Palace, the food was always served on the sideboard buffet-style, so the boys could go back for more and more and more.

“But it was always the desserts that they went back for!”

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Prince William is known to be particularly partial to chocolate (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and William also had a chocolate biscuit cake during their wedding (Image: GETTY)

And while at Eaton, Prince William would often visit his grandmother the Queen at Windsor Castle and share with Her Majesty one of their favourite desserts – chocolate biscuit cake.

Mr McGrady said: “It’s like any mum with a son or grandson coming home.

“If Prince William was coming for tea it would be a chocolate biscuit cake. He loved those.”

The love for the special chocolate cake has remained so strong over the years that the Duke of Cambridge requested it as his wedding cake when he married Kate Middleton in 2011.

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Prince William developed a passion for chocolate cake during his tea sessions with the Queen (Image: GETTY)

Mr McGrady previously had said: “This chocolate biscuit cake was Prince William’s groom’s cake at his wedding.

“The reason he chose it is that he used to go to tea with the Queen and he got a taste for it. That is when he started liking it.”

And the Queen has also remained loyal to the cake, with the former chef revealing Her Majesty eats a small piece of the dessert every day.

He added: “If there is anything left when she has it at Buckingham Palace, it then goes to Windsor Castle so she can finish it there.

“I use to travel on the train from London to Windsor Castle with the biscuit cake in a tin on my knee. It was half-eaten.”


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