Kate Middleton sat down for an interview about Wimbledon for the BBC documentary Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon. Kate spoke about growing up loving Wimbledon and how she missed Andy Murray’s 2013 win because she was pregnant.
Kate sat down with Sue Barker at Kensington Palace for the interview. The beige on beige room is decorated with an official photo of William and Kate from 2011.
Before the interview with Kate began, Roger Federer spoke about Kate attending Wimbledon, saying: “It adds even more prestige to the tournament seeing Princess Catherine there, Prince William, who knows maybe in the future we’ll see some of those people given* Wimbledon trophy as well, that would be beautiful I think.”
* I can’t tell for sure if he said “given” or “giving”.
Then the documentary showed Kate’s interview:
Kate on Roger Federer: “Absolutely, he’s my mother’s heartthrob, I don’t think she’s going to mind me saying that. I think he probably knows that, too, but um… Absolutely.”
On Wimbledon: “Growing up I, sort of, watched, obviously watched Wimbledon, it’s been very much part of my, sort of, family growing up. It’s such, sort of, quintessential part of the English summer, and I think it really inspires youngsters, myself, it inspired me, when I was younger, to get involved in the game. It hasn’t changed either, I think that’s what’s so wonderful. You know everyone’s still there in their whites, Wimbledon still looks as amazing as it did as I remember it as a youngster, you’ve got the strawberries and cream. And, you know, every time Wimbledon is on I’m there thinking, ‘Yes, I can do, I can do the same’. Get that racket. Sadly never, never the same results.”
Who did Kate enjoy watching growing up: “I was really, sort of, taken by the legacy** of Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and things when they would play and things like that, so that for me was I suppose my first memory of the players.”
** I kept hearing “Alexis”, but I think she’s saying “legacy”.
Did Kate go to Wimbledon as a kid: “I did. My first chance at, sort of, going was queuing up on, I think it was a People’s Sunday or a People’s Monday I think, and being able to go into Wimbledon and, sort of, be part of what is so amazing there, the atmosphere there is incredible, whether you’re sitting on Henman Hill or being fortunate enough to be in, just wonder around the ground court it’s really, it’s hugely special and I was very fortunate that I did get through, it was quite late in the day, I’m not going to lie, but luckily play went on quite late in the evening so I managed to get to see some.”
Kate’s favorite center court games: “The Ivanisevic game where he got the wild card draw because it was such a passionate game. That for me just shows you know the sportsmanship behind tennis, you know, and actually anyone has got a chance.”
Does Kate get to meet players when she’s in the royal box: “Every now and again, that’s what’s so wonderful, you sort of bump into somebody as they’re walking courtside or to an interview or something, and then after games, um, I try and say hello to players. I can remember actually walking past, my father’s not going to enjoy this, but I can remember walking past Tim Henman actually from under one of the show courts and I was there with Dad and we got in and very excited, keeping a beady eye out on, sort of, who we could see, and I can remember walking past Tim Henman and we’d just seen Sampras play and Dad, as he came past, said very coolly, ‘Hi Pete’, and I was like ‘Dad, you can’t do that’. Utterly, I was mortified.”
On Andy Murray winning in 2013: “It was amazing. I was very heavily pregnant with George so I wasn’t able to turn up… But even still, I, sort of, was there, sort of, saying ‘Maybe I could go, maybe I could’, and the doctor said definitely not. But no I wrote to him afterwards and said sorry for not being there, but, um, but huge congratulations. It was great seeing all sort of the flags and everything like that and how the public got behind home players. I find it hugely emotional, um, and I’m not even taking part.”
[my own transcription of the show]
I know I keep harping on Kate’s lack of enunciation when speaking, but as someone who transcribes what she says, it is very difficult to tell what she’s saying a lot of times because of lack of enunciation, run-on sentences, and not fully finishing a thought before starting a new one.
I find it odd what Kate chooses to give interviews about/speak in depth about. She’s willing to give an interview and be quite open about her love of Wimbledon, but not her other patronages? Anyway, it was nice seeing Kate give an interview. I just hope she gives more interviews about other patronages.