1. She loves a good curry
According to Carolyn Robb, chef to the royal family for over a decade, William enjoys having dinner with Kate and the Middletons because they eat together at the kitchen table like a normal family. The duchess seems to have developed a love of cooking (curries, especially) and hosting meals where she personally serves her guests, but Prince William still teases her cooking, proclaiming, "It's the reason I'm so skinny!"
2. She sticks to a strict diet
To slim down before her wedding day, Kate was rumoured to have utilised The Dukan Diet—a high-protein, low-carb program that Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are said to have used to drop baby weight. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole wheat bread are key to the regimen, and Kate's mother, another fan of the diet, curbs cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.
3. She doesn't shy away from holiday treats
When Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge bring the children to Sandringham House in Norfolk to spend Christmas with the Queen, they're greeted with all sorts of treats. Christmas morning kicks off with a hearty breakfast before church, followed by a lunch of salad with shrimp or lobster, roasted turkey, and traditional sides like parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts. Come dinnertime, the chef carves an impressive rib roast, turkey or ham, to be eaten with 15 to 20 other buffet items.
4. She worked to battle food aversion
Due to severe morning sickness during her pregnancy with Prince George, the duchess reportedly had to undergo food hypnotherapy to encourage an appetite despite her nausea. A diet of avocados, berries, oatmeal and more helped her put on the weight needed for a healthy pregnancy.
5. She's an adventurous eater
Though eating in front of the cameras is always a risk, Kate and William couldn't resist tucking in to the amazing fare served on their Canadian royal tour. At a food and wine festival in British Columbia, she gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try and noted, "It's really unusual. I've never seen it before. It's so fresh from the sea."
6. She saves room for dessert
Family gatherings often involve traditional confections like jam roly-poly or sticky toffee pudding—favourites that Prince William and Prince Harry enjoyed as boys at Buckingham or Kensington Palace. At Christmas time, the royal family can expect Christmas pudding and fruitcake with the afternoon tea, but the duchess treats her little ones to cake and sweets on other occasions, too.