Kate Middleton was forced to sit through a rather confronting scene from a tennis player when she attended Wimbledon on Friday.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, made her stylish return to the event after it was cancelled in 2020.
Posting on her and Prince William’s Instagram, Kate said it was “amazing to see fans and players back inside these iconic grounds”.
She also added that her predictions to win were UK players Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu, jokingly saying her opinion was “unbiased”.
While sitting in the Royal Box, Kate unfortunately had to witness a gross act from 26-year-old player Ons Jabeur.
The sportswoman, who became the first Tunisian tennis player to reach the third round at Wimbledon, vomited right in front of where Kate was seated.
The mishap came just before match point, and she later admitted that she hadn’t been feeling well for a while.
“I’m actually having a problem with my stomach,” Jabeur said after the match. “I have inflammation.”
“It has been going on for a while. It bothers me probably with the stress.”
Royal family photo sparks Wimbledon outrage
A photo of Kate at Wimbledon caused controversy online when she was seated next to British tennis legend Tim Henman and AELTC Chief Executive Sally Bolton.
While the royal was applauded for her fashion choices on the day, wearing a blue polka-dotted skirt, white top and navy blazer, she was also called out for a ‘double standard’.
talkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer shared her frustration with the fact that members of the Royal Box weren’t wearing masks, while the ball girls and boys in front of them were forced to cover their faces.
“Once again, it's one rule for them, another rule for the rest of us,” the radio presenter shared online.
However, the trio wasn’t actually breaking any rules as Wimbledon’s guidelines state that patrons can remove their masks while seated in the stadium.
Attendees were also required to have shown proof of vaccination before entering the grounds.
Despite the mild uproar, Kate was commended on the day for her help in the Wimbledon kitchen preparing food before viewing the tennis.
Posting on Instagram, the Duchess of Cambridge praised the “incredible work” the AELTC has been doing in preparing 200 hot meals a day for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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