Kate Middleton admits that sometimes gardening can be a competitive sport — at least among siblings.
Last week, the royal mom helped plant a garden at The Nook, one of the East Anglia's Children’s Hospices facilities in Norfolk. During her visit, she revealed that her kids — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 — are also taking part in the outdoor activity.
"The children are really enjoying growing their sunflowers," she said. "Louis' is winning, so George is a little grumpy about that!"
This isn't the first time that Kate has talked about Prince Louis's emerging green thumb. In September, she told families visiting her "Back to Nature" designed garden in Wisley that Louis "loves being outside" and "loves smelling flowers."
Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince Louis, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
At The Nook, Kate worked for about an hour with volunteers to plant the garden using sensory plants such as lavender, bay and rosemary. The calming scene also has strawberry plants, herbs, geraniums, and hydrangeas in a lilac color scheme. She didn't hesitate to get her hands dirty, forgoing gloves to spread around the compost — without even removing her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Kate, 38, also potted a sunflower for the Delf family, whose son Fraser, 9, had been cared for by East Anglia Children’s Hospices before his death earlier this year. Adding a personal touch, she arrived at the center with her own terra cotta pot and also brought along many of the other plants she sourced during a June 18 trip to Fakenham Garden Centre, her first public outing since lockdown.
In a message, the Duchess of Cambridge thanked “the amazing staff for all the work that you do in children’s hospices around the U.K.”
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She added, “The care and the nurture that you provide children and families in the most unimaginable circumstances is just awe-inspiring. I’d also like to pay tribute to all those families out there who are caring for and looking after a child with a life-limiting illness. You do the most extraordinary job and I know it’s particularly hard at the moment so my thoughts go out to you all.”