Competitive Kate and William go head-to-head in spin class as she beats him in heels

Kate Middleton andPrince William went head-to-head in a race on spin bikes – and the Princess won despite wearing heels while William suffered a wardrobe mishap.

The Royal couple visited the Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre in Port Talbot, Wales, on Tuesday to hear how sport can improve people’s mental health.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, known for their competitive nature, took part in a 45-second race on spin bikes, with the winner being whoever travelled the furthest distance.

Kate, who was wearing a skirt and heels for the challenge, was heard asking: “Can I make it harder?”

When the race finished, William was asked how he found it.

Out of breath, he replied: “I'll talk to you in a minute.”

He added: “I think I tore my pants.”

Kate appeared to be in shock as she was then declared winner of the ‘Tour de Aberavon’ and handed a small trophy.

The Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre opened in 2016 and offers a range of physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle for local people. Its facilities include a large indoor sports hall and 25m swimming pool with a moveable floor.

During the tour, the royal couple spoke to young people and Welsh athletes including discus thrower Harrison Walsh and sprinter Hannah Brier.

The visit was part of a wider royal engagement the Prince and Princess embarked upon on Tuesday to support a variety of mental health and wellbeing initiatives across south Wales.

As part of the visit, ahead of St David's Day on Wednesday, William and Kate alsovisited Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre near Pontyclun to mark their charitable foundation’s new collaboration to help create allotments to support mental health.

The Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales has announced it is working with Life at No.27 – a horticultural therapy and mental health counselling provider – to scale up its gardening mission, with six gardens eventually being created across south Wales.

William and Kate were shown plans for the Brynawel garden which includes a collection of allotments where individuals can have their own space to learn and grow produce, a communal sensory and herbal garden, a mud kitchen and an interactive learning space.

The Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre – a leading residential site for the treatment of alcohol and drug dependencies – will offer free and low-cost gardening therapy and mental health support sessions for its service users and their families.

The Royal Foundation has brought together national and local organisations to support the design and build, and provide funding, tools, plants, seeds and materials for landscaping.

It said the initiative was part of a series of projects designed to leave a “lasting impact” in the communities William and Kate visit on royal engagements.

During the visit to the Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre, Kate left her husband chuckling by planting Sweet William flower seeds.

Later, she was presented with a bunch of daffodils by two-year-old Cora Phillips.

Cora’s mother Michelle Phillips, from Llanharan, said: “Oh my goodness, I did not expect that in a million years.”

Turning to her daughter, she said: “We just met a princess. We’re never going to forget that.”


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