You know you are well welcomed in your partner’s family when they feel comfortable enough to tease you relentlessly.
Apparently this truth also applies when your in-laws are the British royal family.
For the Duchess of Cambridge, the subject of the (soft) ripple is a behavioral custom that she imposes during royal duties.
In a rare interview in 2016, documentary Our Queen at the age of 90, Kate talked about her experiences with participation in public meetings alongside Queen Elizabeth II.
“I think there’s a real art for walkabouts,” she said, referring to the times when members of the Royal Family greet members of the public on the street.
“Everyone teases me in the family that I spend too long, so I think I have a little more to learn and I still have to get some tips, I assume.”
(Okay, yes, as far as the things that your in-laws must do, it’s tame, but still.)
We have no idea what according to royal standards ‘chat too long’, but Kate, 37, has certainly had many charming moments during walkabouts over the years.
Last week she got a laugh from well-wishing people in Northern Ireland when she joked that a fan’s baby made her “very fraternal,” adding, “I think William might be a little worried.”
She also has nice anecdotes about her own children sprinkled during her chats with fans, with a recently revealing duchess named daughter Charlotte by the nickname Lottie.
In November Kate also enchanted a group of Italian fans with her (rudimentary) language skills and greeted them with a cheerful ‘Ciao’.
“I am so bad, I have to make sure that my children are better than me, that is my goal,” she added in a somewhat apologetic way.
As for the teasing of her royal in-laws, it seems that the mother of three can give it as good as she gets.
According to various reports, Kate has the art of buying gifts, one of the most famous Christmas traditions of the royal family.
A year later she would have presented a single Prince Harry with a ‘Grow Your Own Girlfriend’ kit. (Zzzzzing.)
The Duchess is also not afraid to give Prince William a ribbing even during public occasions.
During a visit to military personnel in Cyprus in December, William gave the military the jokes to “keep the pizza from the sofas” – a comment that did not go unnoticed.
“You’re a nightmare with that,” Kate joked.
Kate has also repeatedly plagued the future king about his thinning hair.
During their visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2014, she proposed to try an alpaca hairdress and say, “You need it more than I do.”