The Prince and Princess of Wales will be in France for the Rugby World Cup
Kate Middleton and Prince William are gearing up for a rugby rivalry.
Princess Kate and Prince William, both 41, are heading to France for the Rugby World Cup this weekend — and will be supporting different teams.
Their office at Kensington Palace has confirmed that Kate will attend the group stage match between England and Argentina in Marseille on Sept. 9, while William is set to watch Wales take on Fiji in a group stage match in Bordeaux on Sept. 10.
The diverging games are not surprising: Kate is patron of the Rugby Football Union that governs the game in England, while William is a longstanding patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.
The sports-loving couple enjoy a light-hearted rivalry and will savor swapping banter about their teams' respective successes at the games.
William and Kate often play tennis at home, and line up against each other at sailing or other sports during official engagements. They memorably took part in a regatta in the Bahamas during an official tour of the Caribbean in March last year.
In the Bahams, local Lissa McCombe, told PEOPLE how "exciting" the couple's sailing competition had been. "She had a really exciting time. She thoroughly enjoyed it," McCombe told PEOPLE. "She said they nearly had a man overboard and she was at the tiller at the time — she had one hand on the tiller and one on the guy at the same time."
In the spring, Kate combined her leadership of the Shaping Us initiative for early years' development and the role sports can play in helping mental health when she took part in training at a club in Berkshire, England. Although Kate's team lost that day, Steven Bough, chairman of Maidenhead Rugby Club, was impressed with her skills. "She’s obviously been practicing. Her ball sills and passing skills are very good. She was there, blending in playing as one of the team," he told PEOPLE. "To be honest, I didn’t realize she was there half the time.”
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