Before the Duchess of Sussex said “I do” to Prince William and became a member of the Royal Family, she was quite the worldly young woman. Having studied art history at St. Andrew’s University, lived in Jordan with her family and worked as a deckhand in the Solent, Kate has an endless number of skills she’ll be passing on to her children. And there’s one that she picked up in Italy that the mother-of-three hopes will stick, she shared during a Nov. 28 visit to Leicester.
During Kate’s university gap year, she spent time studying for her degree in Florence, as well as learning Italian on the side. Much to the delight of some royal well-wishers in Leicester on Nov. 28, Kate showed off some of her skill, saying “ciao” to one before adding that her Italian wasn’t exactly top notch. “I have to make sure my children are better than me, that’s my aim,” she vowed.
While the 36-year-old has let her language skills fall to the wayside – given her many royal duties and her most cherished job as mom to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – she’s making sure her kids pick other languages up while they’re still young. Last year, Duchess Kate shared that her five-year-old boy has been picking up Spanish from the kids’ nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
During a visit to Gloucestershire for an engagement, the royal shared her dreams for Charlotte, too, according to nine-year-old Sayanna: “She said she is trying to teach Charlotte Spanish and said that her son George can count up to ten in Spanish already.” And little Charlotte isn’t too far behind her big brother – in fact, a source revealed that the three-year-old is catching on rather quickly, saying she’s “very sweet and confident – she’s always chatting away.”