His mother admitted Prince Louis was “very upset” at being left home for the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.
Princess Charlotte made her first visit to the tournament yesterday, sitting alongside her big brother George in the Royal Box to watch world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz defeat seven-time world champion Novak Djokovic.
Before the game kicked off, the family welcomed Wimbledon staff, police dog Stella and British wheelchair doubles champion Gordon Reid.
Kate told Ella Ottaway, who runs the All England Club’s youth programme, that her two eldest children watched the tournament at home in the run-up to the final.
The Princess of Wales said: “It’s Charlotte’s first time, George came last year.” They watched intently. Charlotte, you dealt with the scoring.
“Louis was very upset that he couldn’t come today.”
Kate also told 16-year-old ball boy Joel that Louis had been practicing being a ball boy.
After their conversation, Joel said, “He (Louis) is trying, like us, to practice standing and staying serious.”
“He’s trying to practice the stands and how we stand at the back of the pitch and alongside the players.”
Eight-year-old Charlotte petted Stella, the Springer Spaniel, who was scouring Center Court on her final day of competition before her well-deserved retirement.
The young princess also met eight-year-old Mu’awwiz Anwar, who represented the charity WaterAid and did the coin toss in the final.
During the game, nine-year-old George, in a blue suit, was seen putting his head in his hands after a near-miss point and frequently leaning over to talk to his father about the game.
Meanwhile, Charlotte, wearing a summery blue dress, was seen biting her lower lip in frustration over a missed shot and sinking into her chair, apparently unable to bear some of the tense moments.
When Alcaraz clinched a 3-2 win in a particularly heated match, the two cheered with raised fists.
Kate, wearing a green Roland Mouret dress, was at the tournament for the third time this year.
The princess was present on Saturday, comforting a tearful Ons Jabeur after the Tunisian lost the women’s singles final to Czech player Marketa Vondrousova.
When asked at a press conference what the princess said to her, Jabeur said: “Same as last year to encourage me to be strong, to come back and win a Grand Slam, to win one.” Wimbledon.
“Obviously she was very nice. She didn’t know if she wanted to hug me or not.
“I told her hugs from me are always welcome.” “It was a very nice moment and she’s always nice to me.”
And Kate had a rainy visit on day two of the tournament, sheltering under an umbrella on Court 18 while watching British number one Katie Boulter.
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