Kate Middleton Shares One of Prince Louis’ First Words

The prince has spoken!
ByCelia Shatzman
Contributing Writer
Dec 2019
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The Duchess of Cambridge revealed the source of inspiration behind one of Prince Louis’ first words, and it’s just too cute! During BBC’s Christmas special, A Berry Royal Christmas, Middleton revealed, “Mary” was one of the 19-month-old prince’s first words. “Right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf. Children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and he would say ‘That’s Mary Berry’ … so he would definitely recognize you if he saw you today,” the Duchess told celebrity chef Mary Berry during the hour-long special.

For the special, Berry brought on the royal couple as guests of honor, and she interviews them each during the course of the hour. While you may recognize Berry as a former judge on The Great British Bake Off, she also acts as a cook for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family. In fact, BBC reports that the Duchess revealed during the special that she often used Berry’s recipes to make pizza, all of which are loved by her three kids. When asked by Berry if Middleton cooks with her children, she replied, “Yes, I really enjoy it. Again, for them to be creative, for them to try and be as independent as possible with it.”

During the special, the Duke and Duchess enlist Berry’s help in preparing food for a royal event, being held to thank all those who have worked and volunteered this holiday season. It ends with a Christmas party hosted by the royal couple, which also includes some of Berry’s favorite Christmas recipes.

In the special, Berry also asked Prince William about his charity work with the homeless and discussed how his relationship with his mother, Princess Diana, influenced how he teaches his kids about such issues, BBC reports. “My mother knew what she was doing with it. She realised that it was very important when you grow up—especially in the life that we grew up—that you realise that life happens beyond palace walls, and that you see real people struggling with real issues,” he said. “On the school run—I know it sounds a little bit contrite—but on the school run already, bear in mind six and four [Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s age], whenever we see someone who is sleeping rough on the street I talk about it and I point it out and I explain.”

The special will air today in the UK at 8:30 GMT on BBC One. It remains unclear if the special will also air in the US.

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