The Middletons took Prince William to the local pub when he was dating Kate

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3 min read
Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Britain's Prince William's fiancée Kate, pose for a photograph at their home in Berkshire, southern England on November 16, 2010.  Britain's Prince William will marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, ending feverish speculation about when the second-in-line to the throne would wed, the royal family announced Tuesday.  William, the eldest son of heir to the throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and Middleton, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, got engaged in October while on holiday in Kenya, said Clarence House, Charles' official residence.              AFP PHOTO / STEFAN ROUSSEAU / POOL (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate's parents, took the future king to their local pub, according to the landlord. (Stefan Rousseau/AFP)

The Middletons took Prince William to their local pub for dinner when he was dating Kate, the landlord has revealed.

Carole and Michael Middleton chose their regular haunt of The Old Boot Inn in Bucklebury, Berkshire, for a family meal in the early days of the couple’s relationship.

The pub landlord, John Haley told a Channel 5 documentary: “Two tables were book this particular evening, the second table was for their security.

“Kate walked in, she said ‘hi John, how are you?’

“She said ‘oh this is William, William, John’, and I shook hands, said ‘nice to meet you’.

“They were just in the conservatory, having a meal, the press came in the front but they didn’t even know they were there.”

Haley was invited to the royal wedding in 2011, and revealed he met Prince George soon after he was born.

The programme, When the Middletons Met the Monarchy, also explored the lengths the Duchess of Cambridge’s family went to to make sure their daughter’s new relationship was kept quiet.

COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton and Prince George attend the King's Cup Regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Michael and Carole Middleton with Prince George during the King's Cup Regatta in 2019 in Cowes. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
Carole and Michael Middleton at Wimbledon in 2019 in London. The couple kept quiet about their daughter's royal relationship. (Karwai Tang/Getty Images)

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Claudia Joseph, who has written a biography about Kate, said Carole called members of the family to tell them to “be on their guard” should they be asked about Kate’s relationship.

Jennie Bond, royal correspondent, said: “They must have been dying to tell people, but I think they kept it to a very tight circle.”

Speaking about the role which Kate has grown into, etiquette expert William Hanson said she was the “template” for people who marry into the Royal Family.

The experts also weighed in on whether the royals or the Middletons would have more influence on the younger Cambridges - Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Author Tom Quinn said: “I suspect everyone thinks that in terms of the children the Royal Family will have the most influence.

“But that’s entirely wrong, the Middletons will have more influence.

“The Royal Family is too formal, too stuck in its ways.”

Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Eliza Lopes stand on balcony of Buckingham Palace following the wedding of TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchesss of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Michael and Carole Middleton, with Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after William and Kate's wedding in 2011. (George Pimentel/WireImage)
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.    REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett   (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS)
William and Kate after announcing their engagement in 2010. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

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Quinn also suggested Prince Charles was “shocked” and “saddened” to find the Cambridges wanted their country home to be in Norfolk, relatively far from his preferred home in Highbuy, Gloucestershire.

Their home of Anmer Hall was a gift from the Queen, and is on the Sandringham estate. It’s also some distance from Berkshire.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently living in Anmer Hall during the third English lockdown, where they are homeschooling their children and carrying out engagements via video and phone calls.

When the Middletons Met the Monarchy is on Channel 5, Saturday 30 January, 9:30pm.

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