Kate Middleton has revealed Prince William tried to woo her with his cooking skills while they were at university together.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met while both studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
And according to Kate, 37, Wills used to cook up ‘all sorts of meals’ in the kitchen in an attempt to win over her affections.
Speaking to Mary Berry on A Berry Royal Christmas, which airs tonight at 8:30pm on BBC One, the mother-of-three confessed that Bolognese sauce was one of his speciality dishes.
Kate Middleton has revealed Prince William tried to woo her with his cooking skills while they were at university together. Pictured: the couple with Mary Berry on the set of A Berry Royal Christmas, which airs tonight
‘In university days he used to cook all sorts of meals,’ she told the baking legend.
‘I think that’s when he was trying to impress me, Mary! Things like Bolognese sauce, and things like that.’
Asked if he cooks for her now, Kate replied: ‘He sometimes does actually – he’s very good at breakfast.’
These days it’s Kate who does most of the cooking at home, with William having previously admitted in the programme: ‘I can do tea, Mary, but not cooking. Catherine is definitely the one who cooks, not me.’
According to Kate, 37, Wills used to cook up ‘all sorts of meals’ in the kitchen at the University of St Andrews in an attempt to win over her affections
The duchess also revealed in the one-off show that she once worked as a waitress while at university – but confessed she was ‘terrible’ when Mary asked if she was any good.
Kate hinted she may be a little clumsy while she and Mary prepared non-alcoholic Christmas cocktails at The Brink, the UK’s first dry bar, in Liverpool, as part of the duchess’ work for the charity Action on Addiction.
While preparing to shake up a cranberry and lime concoction, Kate joked: ‘This is where you’ve got to make sure you’ve put the lid on it before you shake it.
‘I did this with a spinach soup once, and forgot to put the lid on it. I ended up with spinach soup on the ceiling.’
A Berry Royal Christmas offers a revealing insight into the charities supported by the duke and duchess, as well as the volunteers and regulars who pass through their doors – many of whom have become close to the couple.
A Berry Royal Christmas offers a revealing insight into the charities supported by the duke and duchess, as well as the volunteers and regulars who pass through their doors – many of whom have become close to the couple. Pictured: Sarah Daly, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of Cambridge, Elizabeth Crowley, Laura Flaxman and other party guests sat talking in Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London Hotel
Mary, 84, takes to the kitchen with Kate and William, 37, in order to prepare a series of festive treats for 150 charity staff who are working over Christmas.
During the programme, which was ‘entirely William’s idea’, according to Mary, both spend time individually with the baker as they talk her through their work with individual charities and causes close to their heart.
Mary joined Kate at her Back to Nature Festival at RHS Wisley, which is where her Chelsea Flower Show garden relocated to.
Kate revealed the family grow their our own vegeatables, including carrots, beans and beetroot – Prince Louis’ favourite.
During the programme, which was ‘entirely William’s idea’, according to Mary, both spend time individually with the baker as they talk her through their work with individual charities and causes close to their heart. Pictured: the couple decorate roulades with Mary and former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain
Asked who bakes the birthday cakes in their household, the duchess revealed it’s her – and it’s become quite a passionate endeavour.
‘I love making the cake,’ she told Mary. ‘It’s become a bit of a traditional that I sort of stay up until midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing, I make far too much, but I love it.’
‘We had a lot of fun, Mary told Mail on Sunday You magazine. ‘When we made chocolate cupcakes for the children, I gave Catherine some icing sugar and she whipped it up and made lovely swirls on top of the cakes. You could see she is a confident cook.’
Kate admitted one of her youngest son’s first words was ‘Mary’ because the royal household is stocked with Mary Berry’s cook books.
‘One of Louis’ first words was ”Mary”, because right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf,’ Kate exclaimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge revealed she stays up until midnight baking her children’s birthday cakes. Pictured: Kate and Mary decorating cakes at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
The Duchess of Cambridge talking at The Brink, Liverpool, with George Riley, Natalie Riley and Lisa Corless as part of her work with Action on Addiction
‘And 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 recognise you if he saw you today.’
Following the unique one-hour special, Mary shared her admiration for the royal couple’s love for one another and compared it to the bond shared by pigeons who mate for life.
Speaking to You magazine, she said: ‘They really are a pigeon couple.
‘When they are together, he’s constantly touching her arm and looking over at her smiling and she’s the same with him. So natural.’
Sharing her thoughts on the royal couple, Mary added: ‘It was easy to see that William is very proud of Catherine.’
A Berry Royal Christmas airs tonight at 8:30pm on BBC One.