Prince William and Kate Middleton are a perfect couple who have a long, happy marriage ahead of them, according to former Great British Baking Show judge Mary Berry. After spending several days with the Cambridges for a holiday cooking special, she has some insight into how the couple interact and believes they are “a pigeon couple” who mate for life.
Prince William and Middleton worked with Berry
Berry was joined by Prince William and Middleton for the one-hour BBC special, A Berry Royal Christmas, the filming of which gave the culinary expert ample time to get to know the couple.
In speaking with Mail on Sunday You magazine, she explained, “They really are a pigeon couple,” referring to the way pigeons mate for life. She added: “It was easy to see that William is very proud of Catherine. He was keen to stress to me how none of his mental health charities would be what they were without Catherine, who puts so much time, effort and care into making sure everything works well.”
Berry continued: “It was just lovely observing them for those three days. When they are together, he’s constantly touching her arm and looking over at her smiling and she’s the same with him. It was very sweet to see because it was so natural. It was easy to see that William is very proud of Catherine.”
The special is a way for the Cambridges to give thanks
During the Berry Royal Christmas show, Prince William and Middleton help Berry prepare a thank-you dinner for 150 charity staff and volunteers who work for their charities on Christmas.
From the sound of it, it was a great time, with Berry sharing that the special was “entirely Prince William’s idea,” explaining, “I saw him at an event a few months ago and he told me that Catherine follows my recipes and had just made one of my fish dishes. He said he would love her to do something with me for a special event and that he had an idea. I said, ‘Count me in!’”
It came together from there, with Berry receiving a call from Prince William who explained he wanted to do a thank-you meal. She shared, “I thought of all those who sacrifice that day to help others in need and how fitting it would be to do something to celebrate them — and I said it was a marvelous idea!”
She shared: “I was a little nervous at first but as soon as I saw their huge smiles that melted away.”
Are Prince William and Middleton good cooks?
The couple were put to the test but were in capable hands with Berry, who said she was “so impressed” by Prince William and Middleton.
She also shared: “We had a lot of fun. When we made chocolate cupcakes for the children, I gave Catherine some icing sugar and she whipped it up and made lovely swirls on top of the cakes. You could see she is a confident cook.”
Berry noted: “She’s a proper cook, for her children and for William. She’s a very hands-on mum. She told me she uses my pizza recipe and her children help her make them. Her own mum used to have my books, and Catherine grew up cooking with her. I know she has a lot of my books too.”
Things did get heated during a meringue roulade decorating competition, which she shared, “They’re both very competitive, particularly William.”
Berry added: “At one point, I had to tell William off jokingly because he kept looking to see what Catherine was doing, so I told him he was cheating. Catherine finished first — she did a lovely woodland-themed decoration. His was rather more gaudy but he was good with his piping and decorating — I was most impressed. In the end I declared a draw.”