Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021

Kate caught off guard by A-lister in rare exchange – ‘Gave me a look!’

Kate Middleton at University College London

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‘No Time To Die’ actor Rami Malek recently opened up on the very personal questions he asked Kate at the BAFTAs in February 2019 – and the royal reaction he sparked. The actor expressed his admiration for the royals who, he said, strive to “get to know everybody” during their engagements on the red carpet.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, he recalled being mindful of the fact the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to Prince Louis less than one year prior to their meeting in 2019.

He said: “I just looked at Princess Kate at one point, and I said, ‘This must be exhausting.’

“And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘You just had a baby, right?”

After claiming Kate was “taken aback” by his question, Mr Malek recalled being asked by the Duchess how he was doing.

He recalled: “I said ‘No, how are you?’ And in the most regal, elegant way, she just, you know, gave me a look, but you could tell.

“Imagine dressed to the nines, have to talk to all these actors.”

While admitting the royals are “so careful” when it comes to opening up, he added: “It was so cool, because I think I caught her off guard for a second, and had that look of, in the most elegant, professional, royal way, ‘Yes, it’s a lot having a kid.'”

Two years after speaking about the difficulties coming with motherhood, the Duchess opened up on being a mum during the pandemic.

In late January, the Duchess joined a group of parents to discuss how they were coping with homeschooling their young sons and daughters.

Asked to describe the experience with one word, she chose “exhausting”.

She then said: “I think as parents you have got the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.”

The Duchess added with a laugh: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair.

“We’ve had to become a teacher – and I think, personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.”

Following the encounter at the BAFTA, of which Prince William is the president, Kate and Mr Malek met once again on September 28.

Kate was joined by her husband, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the world premiere of the 25th James Bond film.

The Duchess took the world by storm in a gold-sequined Jenny Packham cape gown, paired with nude pumps by Aquazzurra and gold statement earrings she previously wore during her tour of Pakistan in 2019.

Mr Malek didn’t mention any exchange happening with the royal during his latest film premiere.

On the other hand, actor Daniel Craig is known to have expressed appreciation for the future Queen Consort’s outfit.

Greeting Kate at the Royal Albert Hall, the Bond actor said: “You look jolly lovely”.

The day after the premiere, Kate and Prince William travelled to Northern Ireland for their first visit to Derry-Londonderry.

There, they visited the City of Derry Rugby Club and the Ulster University Magee Campus.

At the latter, they met some of the nursing students they spoke with via video call in February and had the chance to catch up on their work experience during the pandemic as well as their studies.

Earlier this week, Kate stepped out of Kensington Palace again to back a major new study focused on the early years.

The research project, launched by UCL’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies, track the development of children born in 2021 over the next five years and fits in perfectly with the Duchess’ commitment to early childhood.

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