The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, co-designed a wilderness garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019 which she built for children including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But when the Queen visited Kate’s garden the day after it had opened, the Duchess began to panic tidy. The future Queen consort began to pick up leaves from the ground and stuff them in her handbag.
ITV’s royal expert Chris Ship said on the royal rota podcast: “The evening that the Queen went, Kate showed the Queen around.
“I distinctly remember she would go around checking how tidy it was before the Queen got there.
“She was picking leaves up off the floor and stuffing them in her handbag.”
Royal Editor at HELLO! Magazine Emily Nash added: “That is exactly what happened.
“The Queen’s first comment when she arrived was, ‘oh! it’s very tidy’.
“If you’re a member of the family, you make sure everything is just so for Her Majesty.”
Mr Ship continued: “They say the Queen thinks the whole country smells of fresh paint sometimes.
“You just wonder if Kate was there painting and picking up leaves because the Queen was coming.”
The revelation comes as Kate has reached a huge royal milestone with a post on Instagram as the mother-of-three celebrated her son’s birthday.
Kate released photos of Prince Louis playing with rainbow paints in celebration of his second birthday at Anmer Hall on their Norfolk estate.
Royal expert Omid Scobie noted Kate hit a royal first with a relatable post of Louis smearing paint across his face with the familiar social media caption: “Instagram vs reality.”
Speaking on ABC’s HeirPod, Mr Scobie said: “Across the country in the UK, children have been drawing rainbows, pictures and multi-coloured pictures and sticking them in the windows of their homes to show support for the NHS and so Louis had done his hand painting.
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“There was this great outtake that Kensington Palace shared the day after the birthday where little Louis was rubbing the paint all over his face.”
Co-host Maggi Rulli added: “Another good moment that really showed this realness, I think, right now and I think any parent with little kids can probably relate to seeing Louis with paint all over his face.
“I also love that Instagram post because they actually use the words ‘Instagram vs Reality’ which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a royal post before.”
Mr Scobie added: “Now that you point it out I would like to think that that was a royal first.”
— to www.express.co.uk