Awkward moment Kate Middleton told off by Wimbledon ball girl for breaking rule

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer talk before playing tennis on No.3 Court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club
-Credit: (Image: Thomas Lovelock - AELTC via Gett)

Kate Middleton, a known tennis enthusiast, has been presenting trophies to Wimbledon champions since 2016.

However, her ongoing cancer treatment has cast doubt on whether she will be able to attend this weekend's event.

This could mean missing out on the iconic moments the Princess of Wales has provided over the years. A particular moment that has recently resurfaced online shows the 42 year old inadvertently breaking protocol, only to be corrected by a quick-witted ball girl.

Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge was filming at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in south-west London with eight-time champion Roger Federer and the ball crew members. During a rally with the retired Swiss player, the Royal caught an out-of-bounds ball, which is against the rules.

Kate Middleton
The Duchess broke Wimbledon protocol -Credit:Wimbledon/ YouTube

Federer then asked SW19 ball girl Molly if catching the ball was permitted, as he knew it was prohibited in Australia. In response, she cheekily clarified: "You are not meant to catch it. You are meant to let it bounce and then get it, but good catch."

Despite the minor blunder, the Duchess, dressed in a white tennis outfit, gracefully handled the situation and later commended the ball boys and girls. "The amount of work it takes, it is incredible to see," she remarked.

TikTok users, reminiscing about the incident, praised the Princess for how she managed being corrected in the comments. One user said: "She catches our hearts."

Another fan praised: "She dealt with it very professionally! True Queen," while another remarked: "If I'm the ball girl I'm telling my grandkids the time I corrected the Queen or whatever her title is (sorry I'm American)."

Kate has only been seen in public once this year, at last month's Trooping the Colour. If she can't make it, the Duchess of Gloucester is reportedly ready to step in and present the awards, as per The Telegraph.