Kate says having 'lots of babies' has made her less sporty

By Hanna Fillingham

The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted that becoming a mom has resulted in her being less involved in sports. Sporty Kate's love of tennis is well documented, so schoolchildren at Bond Primary School in Mitcham were surely delighted to hear the royal speak about her love of the game on Wednesday (Jan. 17) when she paid a visit to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative. Before leaving, she told the children: "A big thank you from me as well because I've loved playing with you all - it's so energetic and exciting to be part of it, so well done for all the hard work.

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"And 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,” she added, patting her belly. Kate's baby is due in April, and she appeared to be sporting only a small bump beneath her tracksuit top.

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Kate Middleton displays ball control with tennis raquet in Mitcham school
The Duchess of Cambridge played tennis with schoolchildren in Mitcham on Wednesday

The Duchess also showed her maternal side when some of the children – who had lined up to say goodbye to her with a polite handshake – couldn’t resist hugging her instead. Kate responded by hugging them back, much to the delight of the head teacher Despo Stevens. “How delightful that it didn’t feel like royalty at a distance but royalty amongst the people. I’m in awe of how down to earth and engaged she was with everyone. The children didn’t hesitate in showing her affection - that is how they are here - and she didn’t seem to mind at all. I’m sure her mothering instinct came out," she said.

Kate Middleton hugs a child in Mitcham school
Kate's maternal side came out as she hugged the schoolchildren

During her visit, Kate revealed that her and William were "very competitive" when it came to playing tennis against each other. Mrs Stevens said: "She said she plays tennis with William and that they’re very competitive, but she didn’t say who wins." The head teacher added that Kate had said that she was trying to play tennis with her son: "She said she is trying to play tennis with Prince George and said that he is enjoying some of the extra curricular clubs at school. She also said that Charlotte is enjoying nursery."

Sporty Kate paid a visit to Bond Primary School in Mitcham

Kate, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) - home of the Wimbledon championships - was at the 480-pupil school to see the work of the community programme that works with around 65 schools in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth to offer free coaching sessions and promote the benefits of physical activity. She took part in practice sessions in the school hall with children as young as four, as well as 11-year-olds, covering agility, mentoring and racquet skills.

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