The Princess of Wales' healthy habits
Kate Middleton – now formally Catherine, Princess of Wales, GCVP – is a busy mum of three and a public figure…either of which would make it challenging to maintain healthy habits. And now, after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, as Prince William’s wife the new Princess of Wales is also preparing to be the next Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. No pressure, right?
With her fabulous fashion, constant travel, and priceless jewels…Princess Kate, 40, certainly makes being a real-life princess appear effortless. But when it comes to staying healthy, it turns out Kate puts in a lot of discipline behind the scenes. She’s known to regularly fit in exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep and managing stress.
In keeping with royal protocol, Princess Kate has never gone on record about her diet, workout routine, or overall approach to health. However, we’ve researched years of her behaviours to see what we can learn from this classic example of beauty, lifestyle and wellness.
1. She loves playing sports
“Kate was always very sporty and there wasn’t a sport she couldn’t excel at,” recalled a former classmate of Kate at St Andrew’s School. The now-princess was known to be an ace at field hockey and tennis, two sports she’s kept up with as an adult.
Playing sports like field hockey are a great way to activate the anaerobic system and cause the body to burn more kilojoules overall, increasing metabolism. “When you push to the point of fatigue, the body will continue to burn fat for 24 hours after the workout, through a process called Exercise Post-Oxygen Consumption (EPOC),” says trainer, Dave Kyle.
2. She enjoys cooking her own food
One of Kate’s favourite hobbies is cooking, especially cooking meals for her family, says royal chef, Carolyn Robb.
Kate’s go-to recipes include curries, soups and roast chicken (reportedly Prince William’s favourite dinner). “Kate does quite a lot of the cooking at the moment. You have to remember that she’s not royal. She comes from a normal background and a normal home where she’s always cooked for herself,” said Robb.
Eating home-cooked meals saves money and is usually a lot healthier than dining out or turning to processed foods, says dietitian, Jackie Newgent.