Proving she’s a Duchess for the people, Kate Middleton took a train to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham when she got talking to a young boy outside the toilets, thinking he was lost.
It turns out the eight-year-old’s dad, journalist Matthew Syed, was on the train with him – but had just popped to the loo.
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When he got out, he was shocked and delighted to discover his son in conversation with royalty, noticing the two were “chatting merrily” as he approached.
The incident unfolded on Tuesday in a first-class carriage heading to the Games.
His son was having “a whale of a time,” Syed said.
“As I am doing my thing, I hear him talking to a woman in the vestibule,” Syed wrote for The Times.
“’Are you here alone?’ she asks.
“’No, my dad is in there,’ he says, pointing to the lavatory.”
Syed and his son, named Ted, were on their way to watch a table tennis event, the journalist explained, saying he “stopped in his tracks” when he realized Ted was talking to the Duchess of Cambridge.
“’Kate?’ I blurted out,” he revealed.
“There are no security guards in the vestibule; not armed guards.
“But here is the Duchess of Cambridge, chatting with my son.”
Later, Ted told him he thought she was “really nice.”
“She had no idea she was chatting to the son of a journalist,” Syed wrote.
“The monarchy is in consummate hands.”
Sharing his story on social media, the dad revealed he “almost fell over” when he came out of the toilet to find the royal.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and daughter Charlotte, seven, spent the day in Birmingham attending official engagements.
An animated Princess Charlotte was seen sitting in the audience of the swimming and later hockey with her parents.
They also made an appearance at the gymnastics, watching the ends of the men’s horizontal bar and women’s floor exercise.
Similar to younger brother Prince Louis’ memorable appearance during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, Charlotte was seen pulling animated faces as she watched the competition.
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