Kate Middleton reveals the skill she's 'terrible' at in hilariously honest moment

Kate Middleton admitted she's terrible at knitting after receiving a sweet woollen gift from a crafty royal fan

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Kate Middleton has confessed to being 'terrible' at knitting in a sweet moment during her latest royal outing, having first tried the skill when she was pregnant with Prince George.

The Princess of Wales revealed the shortcoming during a visit to Wigan on Saturday, where she watched England compete against Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup. The exciting match also marked the 41-year-old's first engagement as Patron of England Rugby, after replacing Prince Harry in the role in February. 

Dressed in an elegant red coat, a long-sleeved burgundy turtle neck, and a pleated skirt, the princess met with volunteers from the cup's Social Impact Programme at half-time to learn about how they contributed to their local community. She also received some unexpected gifts during the interaction, including a selection of adorable knitted hats from one of the group's talented members. 

Speaking with the woolen accessories' creator, Susan Hill, Kate said: "I tried knitting once and I was terrible at it, so I'll have to come for lessons." She was then reassured by Susan, who said, "It's easy when you know how." 

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The princess seemed delighted with her handmade present, graciously replying, "I love them, thank you very much." 

Kate first tried to learn to knit when she was pregnant with Prince George, but her new crafty pastime didn't survive the post-natal stage. 

"I've been trying to knit and I'm really bad. I should be asking for tips!" she told a crowd of royal fans during a trip to Glasgow in 2013, according to Hello!

She would go on to lament her struggles with needles and stitches again, telling a group of crocheting grandmothers in Yorkshire in 2020 that she tried to knit George "a very special jumper" only for the design to unravel mid-project. 

"I got halfway down and it splattered," she recalled, before adding, "It's such an amazing skill." 

Emma Dooney
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Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for Goodto. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.