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Duchess Kate becomes a rugby fan

Duchess Kate, who is often hailed as an English rose, seems to have been converted into a keen Wales rugby fan.

entertainment Updated: Jan 02, 2012 19:12 IST

Duchess Kate, who is often hailed as an English rose, seems to have been converted into a keen Wales rugby fan.

The 29-year-old Royal’s sporting allegiance is said to have been influenced by Prince William who serves as the vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, a post previously occupied by his late mother Diana.

The pair is also currently based on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where the third in line of succession is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the RAF.

“Kate’s gone to England matches in the past but now she’s really got the bug as far as Welsh rugby goes,” the Daily Express quoted a royal insider as saying.

“William takes a very active interest in Welsh rugby and Kate ended up closely following their fortunes with him during the recent World Cup. She has pretty much been converted into a Wales fan when it comes to rugby,” the insider said.

William regularly attends the team’s matches at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and the Duchess is now expected to join him there for the first time next month when the Six Nations championship kicks off.

“The understanding is she’ll be attending one of Wales’s home matches.

“Diana used to love coming to matches in Cardiff too, so it would be case of history repeating itself,” the insider added.

The Duchess has also reportedly been learning Welsh during her time in Anglesey where she has been regularly spotted heading for the supermarket. Rugby loyalties among the royals are well and truly divided.