Duchess Of Kent ‘Deeply Hurt’ When Generous Offer Was Refused By Wimbledon Bosses

Wimbledon is well-known not just for its tennis, but also for its spectators.

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Duchess Of Kent 'Deeply Hurt' When Generous Offer Was Refused By Wimbledon Bosses

The highly anticipated Wimbledon tennis tournament returns today, with 128 players competing in the men’s and women’s singles for a spot in the finals.

The stakes are high: this year’s prize money totals a stunning £44.7 million.

Wimbledon is well-known not just for its tennis, but also for its spectators.

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With their antics, members of the public frequently capture the attention of TV cameras, and prominent faces populate the stands.

The Royal Family is among the latter group, with members flocking to SW19 every year – although the occasion hasn’t always gone over well with particular family members.

Duchess Of Kent 'Deeply Hurt' When Generous Offer Was Refused By Wimbledon Bosses
The Duke and Duchess of Kent alongside the Princess of Wales, Wimbledon 2021

Some members of the royal family have even taken up the sport; the Princess of Wales, for example, is a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

It has been a custom for the family to attend for decades, and while their presence is normally unnoticed, this was not the case for Katharine, the Duchess of Kent — wife of King Charles’s uncle, the Duke of Kent — who was left “deeply hurt.”

Katharine wanted to invite a grieving friend’s 12-year-old son into the Royal Box in 1999.

Her request was denied, however, because youngsters who were not royals were not allowed to sit in the exclusive enclosure.

As a result, the child was granted other seating, and the Duchess later received a note from John Curry, Wimbledon’s tennis chief at the time, reminding her of the rules.

According to reports at the time, the letter also instructed her to limit her guests to one per day.

The Guardian reported that the Duchess was “in the habit of inviting three or four guests several times throughout the tournament.”

Duchess Of Kent 'Deeply Hurt' When Generous Offer Was Refused By Wimbledon Bosses
The Duchess congratulating Venus Williams after winning Wimbledon 2000

The letter “deeply hurt” the Duchess, according to the BBC, and she pondered boycotting the Royal Box.

Mr. Curry apologized to Katharine a few months later but maintained the restriction.

In a statement, he stated, “I regret any unintentional hurt this may have caused to her Royal Highness.”

He further refuted that she was limited to one guest per day, saying, “As happens every year with all of our royal guests, I reconfirmed our guidelines concerning the invitation of additional guests and the subject of children.” No royal has been limited to one guest in the past or will be in the future.”

“Because of demand for space in the royal box, we also ask that, apart from children of the royal family, children are not invited as they exclude other worthy people from attending, many of whom contribute to tennis”. The chief said, refusing to change the ban.

Despite allegations of a boycott, the Duchess stated clearly that she “respected the rules.”

Duchess Of Kent 'Deeply Hurt' When Generous Offer Was Refused By Wimbledon Bosses
Duchess of Kent

“The Duchess has asked me to make clear that she respects the rules and regulations of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, with whom she shares a wish to encourage more children and young people to watch and participate in tennis,” a spokesman for the Duchess of Kent told the BBC at the time.

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“She has also asked me to say that, as in previous years, she is much looking forward to attending next year’s championships and the next Davis Cup matches.”

Katharine and her husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, continued to award winners’ awards until 2001, long after she had retired from public life.

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