The Princess of Wales joked that her husband, the Prince of Wales, will not be participating in a particular Valentine’s Day tradition this year.
Kate Middleton was on a tour of Leeds’ Kirkgate Market to promote her early year’s campaign when she claimed she didn’t anticipate Prince William would give her flowers for Valentine’s Day, as per Independent News reports.
She stopped by florist Neil Ashcroft’s company to appreciate his floral arrangement while meeting stallholders at the market.
With the romantic day approaching in a fortnight, the seller inquired, “William will be buying you some roses?” and gave her a discount.
After presenting her with a bouquet of hyacinths, which the florist claimed were her favorite flowers, Ashcroft said: “I suggested William will be buying her roses and she said, ‘I don’t think he will do’.”
The heir to the throne has been out and about supporting Kate as she starts her landmark initiative, Shaping Up, which aims to emphasize the importance of a child’s formative years.
In a video message to mark the launch this week, Kate said: “Our early childhood, the time from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally shapes the rest of our lives.
“But as a society, we currently spend much more of our time and energy on later life.
“Today, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood is launching a new campaign, Shaping Us, to raise awareness of the life-changing impact we can have when we build a supportive, nurturing world around children and those who care for them.”
During her tour to Leeds, the princess received some unwanted attention in the form of a wolf whistle while walking through the market. She did not respond, and it was unclear whether she had heard the sounds.
Kate took part in a talk with a group of people associated with Child-Friendly Leeds, a 2012 project that aims to urge the city to make Leeds the best location for children to grow up.
She also went to the University of Leeds to speak with students on the childhood studies degree, and she spoke with one of them about his dissertation research on the impact of the pandemic on schools and families.
Kate said Covid has led to “massive challenges” for children in relation to speech and language development and social skills, adding: “They haven’t had the opportunities that the film shows are needed.”
She told another student: “Creative play is so fundamental for the foundations for life. To be able to form relationships through play is really vital to break down some of the barriers. But, also, it’s a way of self-expression too.”