Long before Kate Middleton ever met Prince William, she had the honor of meeting Prince Philip when she received her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.
The Duchess earned this award while still studying for her A levels, getting to meet the man who would one day become the great-grandfather of her three children, as he was the one who presented her the award at St James’ Palace.
Back in 2016, now on the other side of this ceremony, the Duchess talked to a group of schoolgirls who just received their awards, with Kate reminiscing about a moment when she found herself in a tight spot during a hike in the pouring rain and had to stop to prepare a meal.
‘I can remember trying to cook bacon in the soaking wet,’ the Duchess revealed on ITV documentary When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
She laughed, ‘Everything was just sopping, and I was trying and trying to cook bacon.’
Unfortunately, things wouldn’t get much better for Kate and eventually she had to give in.
‘I remember saying, “You know what, I think we’re just going to have plain sandwiches. Basic bread and butter.”’
But even after all that, the Duchess powered through and managed to earn her Gold Award and later go to university, where she would meet the person who would turn out to be the love of her life, Prince William.
Prince Philip set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award back in 1956. Its goal is to set young people against physically enduring tasks so that they can find ‘personal discovery and self-reliance’.
The documentary featured This Morning host Phillip Schofield interviewing the Duke of Edinburgh and dive deeper in the charity’s work on its 60th anniversary.