Duchess Kate misses Wimbledon, so she found a way to chat with Andy Murray

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is accompanied by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, as she walks onto Centre Court to present the Wimbledon Men's Singles trophy. London, United Kingdom - Sunday July 14th, 2019.

As an avid tennis-watcher, some of the hardest moments for me during the lockdown have been during those weeks when a major tournament was supposed to be happening. Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Roland Garros… all cancelled or postponed, and all of those weeks were hard! But damn, today would have been the men’s semifinal day at Wimbledon. Wear a mask and hug your local tennis fans, because this would-have-been Wimbledon fortnight was rough!

The Duchess of Cambridge is a Wimbledon regular and patron to the All-England Club. Her favorite player is Roger Federer, without a doubt. But she’s also keen on Andy Murray, arguably the greatest British tennis player in, like, three generations? Andy is the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years (and he won it twice). Andy’s mum Judy Murray has done various events with Kate in the past, but Andy has avoided being sucked into the Performative Keenness for years now. But maybe Sir Andy and Duchess Kate were both commiserating about how much they missed Wimbledon this year or something, because Andy joined Kate on a Zoom call to talk to schoolkids (he joins around the 2:20-mark):

First thing: Kate is such a cheeseball for wearing her Wimbledon pin, that purple and blue pin that signifies that she’s a patron of the All-England. I mean, I get it. She REALLY misses tennis. I feel her. I’m there too. As for Andy… after his hip surgery last year, he’s been a bit up-and-down and you can tell that he’s afraid of re-injuring himself. He played a local “battle of the Brits” lockdown tournament a few weeks ago (he ended up pulling out because his hip wasn’t great) and he was rocking a beard, but I think the other guys made fun of him, so he shaved it. Too bad, because he looked HOT with that beard. He looks good here too, but anyway. So, I’m not yelling at Kate about this! She wanted to talk to a cute tennis player and she lured Sir Andy in with a “talking to kids” scheme.

Kate wants to get on the court with Andy too:

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Where were the Daily Mail comments for Wiglet’s Performative Crotch Grabbing? Does this count as ‘work’? How did she get her Botox freshened in lockdown? Why isn’t she quivering at the knowledge she and Carole Bennett will soon be outed as Daily Wail sources? So many questions, so little… no, actually: Wiglet has all the spare time in the world.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      It’s amazing how much Kate and other royals love to rub elbows with celebrities — and yet only Meghan gets criticized for actually being a celebrity through her own accomplishments.

      • Nic919 says:

        I’m surprised she did this with Andy and didn’t bring in Federer. She’s been obvious in supporting him instead of British players but Meghan get attacked for supporting her friend Serena, both being American.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I mean, Wimbledon really is the perfect event for her. She loves going anyway AND it counts as work! Its the ultimate keen kate event!

    snarkiness aside, I do feel bad for people who love a certain sport and are missing it. I love football (although my feelings for it are now a lot more complicated) so I haven’t missed anything yet, but the fall will be interesting. My husband loves baseball – both the sport and the pastime (like he loves just having a game on in the background, or going to the stadium and getting fries and a beer and doing all the cheers, even if the game is bad….and we cheer for the Orioles, so it is usually bad, ha.) So he’s been bummed the past few months (he gets it, but he’s still bummed.)

    • MaryContrary says:

      My 16 year old has had a tough time with all of this-especially missing watching sports. It’s a huge part of his life-he’s a massive baseball fan. His teams are the Os (he was born in Bmore) and the Dodgers-my husband’s team too.

  3. Shane says:

    I miss tennis, I’ve just moved to the UK, and I was going to try head to Wimbledon this year (early riser tickets)

    This seems like the type of thing the royal family actually enjoy doing too… must be something to do with the all white 😝😝

    JK… I know the actual origins

  4. LouBear says:

    Why is she doing this with her back to the window? FIND YOUR LIGHT, KATE.
    Tyra would be shook

    • Kaiser says:

      I was going to call her the Duchess of Backlighting but I thought it would be too mean

    • Becks1 says:

      She started doing that about a month or so ago. They were always in front of that door for a while and then I guess someone told her to switch it up because she moved in front of the window. I think its kind of weird because Charles and Camilla and Sophie are doing zoom calls where we can see their offices and such, and the Cambridges seem to go out of their way to show as little of their home as possible.

      • Desert Lizard says:

        Maybe they are afraid we will giggle at their scented candles and lack of dog hair.
        jk. I’m sure they are protecting their privacy, you know, the same privacy they deprived the Sussexes (sp? sorry) of.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I think she thinks that natural light is more flattering – amateur move for someone the press likes to tell us is a professional photographer.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @LouBear Too much Botox/fillers to smize.

    • Tiffany says:

      Lack of access to cosmetic work. This woman is vain as all hell and that is the only thing she has going for her.

    • Vava says:

      Oh god, Kate is a mess. She just cannot seem to speak normally, she always has to have a wide huge open mouth, it’s as if her teeth are too big and her lips can’t cover them. Between every word it seems she has to have the Cheshire Cat grin. That with her fake accent just drives me crazy. I can’t stand to watch her speak, just like I can’t stand to listen to Trump! UGH

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        oh, thank you for saying that! I don’t listen/watch her videos because 3/4 of the time I don’t understand what she’s saying. It’s like she has a bag of marbles in her mouth (now thinking of Colin Firth movie about king w/stutter). Same w/trump. They move their lips oddly, so lip reading is not an option, instead I have to read what they’ve said. They are both so very difficult to listen to.

      • kelleybelle says:

        Her lips don’t meet properly due to the botox around her mouth. You can tell it’s been done just by the way she moves her mouth. Same reason her forehead doesn’t move.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @vava i think they tell her to always grin and look happy. people like their royals always smiling and pleasant. never let them see you upset or disappointed or resting bitch faced. too bad she forgot that at the commonwealth day service.

      • Vava says:

        @RoyalBlue….very true indeed. Her bitch face was in full view that day.

      • Nic919 says:

        She has veneers that are too big for her mouth. That along with her fake posh accent is why she is hard to understand. Normal teeth aren’t perfectly even like that on the bottom, even if you have naturally straight teeth.

  5. TIFFANY says:

    I am going to wager that Andy did this because kids were involved and Unable knew that as well.

    That seems to fall within his character.

  6. The Duchess says:

    Looks like she’s found her new ‘happy place’ by the window. You have to laugh at the mediocracy being played out for us all to see.

  7. Sofia says:

    I think it would be quite nice if she did something with tennis and kids. Or more with sports in general. Perhaps getting kids into sports more? Maybe she does do something like that and I just don’t pay attention to her enough. I know about Coach Core but that’s more so training. I’m talking about actually getting kids to do more sports

    Just to clarify: I’m not hating on her, but just saying it would be nice if she could do more. Key phrase: would be nice.

  8. aquarius64 says:

    Another Kate puff piece, not tackling a serious issue outside NHS. Again serious press outside the UK doesn’t pay attention. The FFQC needs to bring more to the table.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @Aquarius64 Wiglet has to bring something – ANYTHING – to the table. I mean, look at the timeline. Chased a Penis with Teeth for eight years. Worked for three months out of the eight years. Got the PWT (yay Kate!). Worked about three months in total out of the however many years they’ve been married. Spent eight years copying five questions out of an APA101 textbook, claiming she was going to ‘fix’ a whole country. ‘Fix’ vanished (was not fixed). Had a baby every time a seriously keen project was announced. Has been promising the Rota/nation that she’s ‘gaining in confidence’ and ‘getting better at public speaking’ and is going to ‘hit the ground running’ FOR NEARLY A DECADE. The bar is set so low for her there’s no room to crawl under it. Her life goals were to Marry Up. Now she exhausts herself by Zooming around once a week, ignoring Penis with Teeth’s topiary obsession, and cosplaying her dead mother-in-law in yet another new and hideous outfit. That. That, right there, is her life.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Andrews Nemesis,

        Can I make a minor adjustment to your timeline please, re PWT?

        The Duchess chased a Handsome British Prince for eight years. Worked for three months out of the eight years. Got the British Prince (yay Kate!). British Prince suddenly and traumatically transforms into a Penis With Teeth. The world is baffled as the Penis gets shinier and the teeth get yellower and sharper over time.

        As his wife toils for 8 years over 5 monumentally relevant questions, her PWT remains very busy as well, burying his impressively sized, razor-sharp yellow teeth into his unsuspecting brothers back. In truth, the Penis has very few achievements to count on, however, it is generally agreed that his life’s main accomplishment has been the ousting of his overly achieving brother and sister in-law.

        In fact, the PWT dug his impressively sized mouth daggers so deep in his brothers back, efforts are still being made to extricate them, even as we speak.

      • C-Shell says:

        I love both of these versions more than I can say 🥰😂

  9. Mumbles says:

    While it’s true that Murray is the best *British* player, I think the Scots would like people to be more specific.

    Agree that this would be a great entree into some good work Kate could do. Maybe get underprivileged kids access to tennis lessons and rackets, or other sports that often have barriers to entry. She could show up with tennis players all the time then. But I really think she’s THAT work-shy.

    • Chrissy says:

      Her goal is to work from home, don’t you know. The lockdown was, and is, her perfect “work” situation. She gets new outfits for every zoom stint (shopping!), gets to meet her heroes (Andy!) and yet only invest i15 minutes max in seeing the Public (doing her job!). Then she continues on with her day of scheming with Carole, throwing darts at her poster of Rose and more shopping while avoiding thinking about her husband’s cheating. What a hollow existence, and all on the taxpayer’s dime. SMH

      • Noodle says:

        Did you catch at the end how she said “Enjoy your holidays!”? I wonder how much of a Freudian slip this was on her part. I imagine for her, some of this distancing is a bit of a holiday, considering she has ample help with kids, cooking, and housework. It’s pretty tone deaf to say that, though, since so many are struggling to stay alive right now. I know the lockdowns have been lifted a BIT in the UK, but to whom is this time a “holiday”? Not the other 98%, that’s for sure.

      • Yamayo says:

        I assume she was talking to the children?
        Schools are just breaking up for summer holidays in the UK.

  10. Mariane says:

    I once found a signed photographer of Andy with a fan on a couch back home! I like Andy, sad about his hip. I agree @kaiser I too liked the beard!
    I think he didnt know KeenKueen kate was doing this when he signed on! The keenbridges love to jump in on finished projects,events..etc ,I mean her PR keeps saying she loves tennis but she only attends the finals (only started attending women’s finals 2016 after the hype for serena). This was another stunt to raise her numbers on the CC

    • Grumpier than thou says:

      She’s a lazy bum of the highest order but I think the reference to ‘holidays’ are likely to be as the schools are starting to break for the summer holidays. So prob not a slip.

  11. Mary says:

    Sorry, never got the point of tennis. Even during lessons as a kid I thought it was just so stupid, hitting a ball back and forth. Back. And. Forth. Zzzzzzzz….

    • Lady D says:

      Ditto me and golf. Gotta be the most useless, boring sport out there.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Oh God, Mary, did you ever read the book “We need to talk about Kevin”?! Your comment just reminded me of Kevin, floppily hitting balls with his mum, where he suddenly stops and says: “what’s the point?”

      PS: Obviously not suggesting you have anything in common with *that* Kevin! 😁

      • Mary says:

        Haha, no but maybe I should. Ditto on the Golf, btw! Same with skiing. It always seemed so stupid to me to go up a mountain just to come back down again! But then, I did not like being cold!

  12. Pearl Grey says:

    I wonder why CEO Kate never bothered to host a charity tennis match, where professional players, celebrities and keen amateurs compete and members of the public can buy tickets to attend, or make a donation to stream online, with money from the sales going to her various patronages and other charities, as well as funding sports programmes in deprived areas around the UK or for sports therapy for vulnerable children and adults, since she is meant to be an advocate for mental health, anti-addiction, early years development and the importance of outside time for children. She could even play a game herself against Psychic Hotline Caller William or Pippa, seeing as she is also supposed to be sporty and keen on tennis. It would be perfect for her since she would be doing something she actually enjoys, so it won’t exhaust her and take her away from the school run, and she’d be fulfilling her role as a patron by raising awareness and generating funds for her charities so they can stay open, carry on doing their work and don’t have to shade her for not seeing them in 8 years.

    The fact that in all this time she hasn’t thought to do anything like this, yet attends Wimbledon year after year…

    • Amy Too says:

      That’s exactly the type of project/event she should be doing much more of. Honestly, her staff would do most, if not all, of the prep work, and she would just have to publicize it, invite people, and show up the day of. That’s been basic Duchess charitable endeavors 101 for the past 300 years: Tea parties, garden parties, bazaars, country fairs, tennis parties, picnics. You come up with the idea, the cause you want to support, and the guest list. Your staff does all the hard work of organizing it and setting it up. You swan around for the day, allowing the peasants to see you, and everyone has a great time. The aristocrats get to be seen looking charitable, the rich but untitled people who want to mingle with the aristocrats pay tons of money for tickets and write big checks for the charity, the peasants and local people get to have a good time at someone else’s expense which creates goodwill, the charity benefits and gets to meet a bunch of new donors.

      • Pearl Grey says:

        Precisely. Her staff would do the bulk of the organisational legwork, and the Kingmaker would get all of the credit, without having to get her espadrilles dirty. The life of a wealthy but charitable lady of leisure is tailor made for her, but she won’t even rise to that, not for the money that could benefit others, nor the goodwill and public affection it would create for her as a future Queen consort.

        It took the threat of extremely stiff Duchessing competition AND a global pandemic to get her to do the little bit she is doing now, but it seems that nothing truly motivates or interests her. Her only real passion project was Normal Bill, and she has already used up all of her energy reserves on him. Her dedication and perseverance in her pursuit of him is the only time in her entire life that she has ever shown any work ethic and it’s shaping up to be the last time it will be seen again for a while.

    • Mary says:

      OMG, @Pearl, I hope Kate never sees your post! Just reading about the wonderful, constructive ideas you posted would tire the poor dear out….

    • Ginger says:

      That’s a wonderful idea but Kate isn’t ambitious nor does she seem to care about charities/ patronage’s.

    • Nyro says:

      Pearl Grey,

      That would be amazing. But you know Ofwilliam is neither that motivated nor that imaginative. She wouldn’t even be able to conjure up ideas like that let alone put in the hard work and brain power to implement them. Her platform is such a complete waste. Another Melania Trump. MH

  13. February-Pisces says:

    Imaging if kate and Andy Murray got together, they would be the dullest power couple ever.

  14. Lizzie Bathory says:

    Y’all, her dress has *actual little tennis players* on it. It’s an almost $800 dress that “thrifty Kate” will wear for 1 Zoom call. smh

    • LittlePenguin says:

      Well, she will pull it out in 5-7 years and wear it to 1 tennis match and that’s when we get the “Thrifty Kate” and “recycled” message. She’s just like us…..as I wear the same pair of shorts that I wore last week and just pulled off the top of the dryer, thus saving me time from putting them away.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        Lol–true. The future tennis match is probably why she went with the tennis player pattern as opposed to a dress featuring little pictures of Andy Murray’s face. Still literal but much more versatile!

    • Nic919 says:

      Spending $800 on a dress for a zoom call during this pandemic is wasteful as hell. She doesn’t need any new clothes at all. She should be wearing repeats for the next three years since she “works” so little anyway.

      It’s really disturbing that she does this.

  15. Chickaletta says:

    Is this…… … … I feel strange. .. …. .. .. does Kate have a definable interest that actually is sort of cute and relatable?

    Y’all, this revelation is too much for me for handle. I’m going back to bed.

  16. Amelie says:

    So I definitely read this headline first as “Duchess Kate misses Wimbledon, so she found a way to CHEAT with Andy Murray.” And my heart sped up for a second because I thought for a nanosecond Kate was going to have a Rose Hanbury moment! But no, she’s just chatting with him with school kids, nothing untowards haha.

    Though if Kate were to have an affair (we know it wouldn’t happen in a million years), I think it would be with an athlete?

    • Florence says:

      She would definitely try and climb Ben Ainslie like a tree, except no adult man with free will wants to sleep with a boring clingy idiot who bares her teeth in laughter at *absolutely nothing*. I expect her conversation is about as interesting as a dead leaf. Perhaps a used teabag.

    • Harper says:

      Kate is a member of some swanky London tennis club. If she wanted to cheat, I bet she could find some young tennis pro there or an on the prowl married man or divorcee. But Carole would squash that if news reached her. She wouldn’t want to give Willileaks any reason to jettison Kate and prevent Carole from getting that title she’s been waiting for.

  17. Catherine says:

    $100 says that Kim is Pregnant, and Andy’s hip is injured again!!! You know it’s true!! 🤣😂🤣🤣🤣 I’ve rewatched every tennis documentary possible. Rewatched all of French Open 2019. It’s been tough without tennis. I hope US Open will still happen 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 They seem to have a good plan in place. Kate also did a nice promo for Wimbledon. Ugh, missing tennis has been rough. Serena and Venus documentaries are the best, obvi.

    Btw. My surrogate lives in Vegas, so Baby was born here. And we are still here, happy and healthy……guess who lives down the street??? You know it! Andre and Steffi 🤩😳😳😳😳 – every day I try to figure out a casual, COVID SAFE way to meet them 🤣😂🤣🤣 *watch this space*

  18. Marjorie says:

    Gawd she’s awful. She clenches her jaw while talking, and her forehead does not move.

    I’m betting that the reason we don’t see them in a study with books and mementos and family photos is that a room like that doesn’t exist at Anmer Hall.

    • Becks1 says:

      It makes them look like blank canvases, like they live in this house that was professionally decorated and there is no personality to it, and there’s no personality to them. I’m not saying they need to do the zoom calls from their bedrooms, lol, but I mean…..there’s NOTHING in these shots to indicate that they actually live there full time, and its such a marked contrast to even the Queen’s video messages!

    • Vava says:

      Totally agree. Her mouth movements drive me insane on this video. I detest this woman, she is so phony and lazy.

  19. Nic919 says:

    If only this was one of 20 calls she did this week, but instead she can only bear to do one or two per week. So little is expected of this adult woman.

  20. yinyang says:

    Oh, go away!

    • yinyang says:

      With her newer dental work, longer thinner face shes begining to look like Ghilane Maxwell.

      • Lady D says:

        Why does her face look elongated these days?

      • yinyang says:

        Idk…Probbly a combo of losing a ton of weight, dental work, aligning herjaws or something, and pulling faces. Her face never looks like that when she’s not on.

  21. Adream says:

    This makes me see Kate in a new light. Cooped up with kids for months, dealing with hubby and his rose garden…I’d find a way to hang out and chat with someone fun and good looking too. No harm there, I say Zoom it up!

  22. Kathryn says:

    Kate’s a blank, but Andy Murray is fab. A proponent of women’s tennis and he has a very sharp wit. It was fun to watch him play and mutter obscenities to himself and his box. I so miss tennis, but my son agrees with some of you. “What do you watch that dumb sport?? It’s the same thing over and over and over again”

    • Nic919 says:

      Andy doesn’t have a problem openly stating he’s a feminist, which Kate has never done. He’s a far better better proponent for women’s tennis than the patron, who took years to actually attend a women’s final and only because Meghan was there to watch Serena as well. And she’s not done anything for tennis other than sit her ass in the royal box.

  23. Samantha says:

    Stunning! I just love her.

  24. lili says:

    I love tennis and it was probably the last chance to see Federer at Wimbledon having a shot! :(