'For Once I'm in Control!' Princess Kate Jokes with William During Royal Wall Climbing Visit
Princess Kate and Prince William visited an outdoor center in Wales on Friday
The Duke of Cambridge, 33, was the first to descend the educational center’s climbing wall, nervously asking Kate, “Are you holding me?”
“I’ve got you,” she laughed as she held onto his rope.
“I’m quite enjoying this actually,” she joked. “For once I’m in control.”
Once William was safely on the ground it was the Duchess of Cambridge’s turn.
“This is the ‘aggghhhhh’ moment,” she giggled as she went over the edge.
Once the royal couple was at the bottom of the wall, the couple’s famously competitive spirit took over.
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As William tried climbing back up the wall, Kate said, “Not that we’re competitive but if he does that, then I’m having to do it too!” The prince fell off nearly half up the more difficult section of the wall but he was able to scale the top of the easy section. Kate, dressed in black skinny jeans, hiking boots and a hard hat, nimbly followed him.
Instructor Phil Blain, who helped the couple with the rappelling (also called abseiling), commended Kate’s skills on the wall – particularly with holding onto William.
“If that was Kate’s first abseil she did fantastic,” Blain, 64, said. “And that was probably the first time she’s held the life of the heir to the throne – and her husband – in her hands.”
“It’s been a really fun day and the couple had a great time,” Mountain Rescue Chairman Mike France told reporters. William asked us if we could help some of their vulnerable children from WellChild, Child Bereavement, Place2Be and Centrepoint, which we were delighted to do.”
Maybe the couple’s young son – 2-year-old Prince George – will soon be following in the athletic couple’s footsteps as he’s already taking after his father.
Kate told Pauline Hallett, a volunteer at Ogwen Mountain Rescue that George was developing a love of helicopters, just like his pilot dad.
“Catherine then said how much George loved them [helicopters],” Hallett said. “He knows all the different colors and asks her about all the parts. She laughed and said she tells George to ask Daddy as she has no idea.”
The royal couple is spending the day back in Wales visiting various charitable causes. Will and Kate used to live in a farmhouse 20 miles away from Caernarfon, Wales, back when William was a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force.