Hammond chatted with Kate and her husband, Prince William, when the couple visited Birmingham on Thursday for an engagement. “I said, ‘What are you wearing for the Coronation?’” Hammond recalled on This Morning. “‘Cause I said to her, ‘I’m feeling like you’re gonna wear blue.’” (Blue has been a color theme not just for Kate as of late—look at her Easter church look for an example—but amongst the entire royal family, especially Queen Consort Camilla.) “She was like, ‘There is a hint of blue.’ So, I was like, fantastic!” Hammond said.
Hammond said Kate “made a beeline for me” at the event, and the two started talking about everything from cocktails to dinner. Kate “said she liked spicy cocktails but doesn’t like sweet ones or anything like that.”
Kate also said that she has a preference for “spicy food,” after which Hammond invited Kate over to her house for “a big Jamaican dinner.”
“I said, ‘Next time you’re in Birmingham, come over to my house, I’ll cook for you,’” Hammond said. “She was like, ‘I’ll definitely come.’ I was like, ‘Really? This is the best day ever.'"
In even more juicy takeaways, Hammond said that she overheard William and Kate “arguing” over her at one point: “She said, ‘When we went upstairs because I said I want to have a selfie, [William] was there talking to Kate, he was saying, ‘Kate, Alison supports Aston Villa, she’s my best friend and she has asked us to go to dinner.’ Then Kate goes, ‘I know, she’s already asked us to go to dinner.’”
Hammond shared her excitement to Instagram in a selfie of her alongside William and Kate that was captioned “These two are Everything !! @princeandprincessofwales Thanks for popping by in Birmingham. Next time dinner at my place ! I'll let you know full story tomorrow on @thismorning 👑.”
William and Kate’s official Instagram account then responded, “Always fun Alison, it's always fun! ❤️”
By the way, Kate wasn’t the only one opening up while in Birmingham: William spoke to a young woman who teaches at a dance center, Hello reports, and after hearing how the center offers ballet and modern dance, he said “I still wish I’d learned to breakdance. It’s one of my greatest regrets, not learning to breakdance when I was young.”
Can confidently say we were not expecting that one!
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Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
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