How Kate Is Getting Over Her Horse Allergy

The Duchess of Cambridge has slowly become acclimated to being near the animals

Perhaps love really does conquer all.

While her polo-loving husband spends a significant amount of time near horses, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is allergic to them. Kate has watched many of Prince William’s polo matches from a distance over the years, but on Saturday at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, she was in the middle of the action.

“I got a chance to have a conversation with Kate,” Ru told PEOPLE. “I asked if she was into polo before she met William. She said no. But she’s been riding horses for awhile and she hopes to play polo one day. She said ‘I’m actually allergic to them, but the more time one spends with them the less allergic you become.’ ”

And on that sunny, victorious California day, Kate’s allergies didn’t appear to act up, allowing her to hand out awards and kiss her winning husband in style.

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