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Kate Middleton Gave an Honest, Eight-Word Assessment About the First Time She Met King Charles

 King Charles and Kate Middleton.
King Charles and Kate Middleton.

King Charles and his daughter-in-law the Princess of Wales are said to enjoy a warm relationship; Marie Claire reported recently that Kate is even closer to the King than Prince William is. (William, of course, is Charles’ eldest son and Kate’s husband. But you knew that.)

Charles and Kate have another commonality as of this month (and one neither probably wanted): they are both currently patients at The London Clinic, where Kate underwent abdominal surgery on January 16, and Charles underwent a corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate on January 26. Both are said to be doing well and recovering.

King Charles and Kate Middleton
King Charles and Kate Middleton
King Charles and Kate Middleton
King Charles and Kate Middleton

William and Kate have been a couple for over two decades and, as such, Kate has been a part of the royal fold for a long time. After the couple got engaged in 2010, they sat down for a revealing post-engagement interview with Tom Bradby, and one of the topics covered was Kate’s reaction after meeting the then Prince of Wales during her courtship with William.

Kate admitted she was (naturally) anxious about meeting Charles—“I was quite nervous about meeting William’s father,” she said, per The Mirror—but added “he was very, very welcoming, very friendly. It couldn’t have gone easier, really, for me.”

Of meeting William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, Bradby asked “Meeting the grandmother, the Queen, again not your average meeting with a grandmother,” he said. “Were you nervous about that, too?”

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton

Kate responded, “I first met her at Peter [Phillips, William’s cousin and Princess Anne’s son] and Autumn’s [Kelly] wedding and, again, it was amongst a lot of other guests, and she was very friendly.” William added “She was very welcoming. She knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn. She wanted to meet Kate for a while, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello.” (That wedding took place in 2008; William and Kate met in 2001 and began dating around 2002 or 2003.)

William also opened up about meeting Kate’s family, the Middletons, comprised of Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, and her younger siblings, Pippa and James. The Middletons embraced William as a part of their close-knit family early on: “Mike and Carole have been really sort of loving and caring and really fun,” William said. “They have been really welcoming towards me, so I’ve felt really a part of the family.”

William and Kate’s wedding was five months after they announced their engagement on November 16, 2010. The two married on April 29, 2011, and will soon celebrate 13 years of marriage.