Prince William looked delighted when he met Lauren Price, Team GB’s hopeful Lauren Price, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, appeared in good spirits as he sat down with the athlete, who will become Wales’ first female boxer to compete in the Olympics.
Sitting a safe distance from each other in the garden of Kensington Palace, William and Lauren, 27, chatted about the upcoming Olympics and Lauren’s extraordinary athletic career.
The royal even presented Lauren with a boxing-themed cake to celebrate her 27th birthday, which took place on June 25, before sitting down together for an interview.
The photos were taken before William’s brother, Prince Harry, announced he’s been secretly working on the book about his life in the in for nearly a year which he has since sold to Penguin Random House.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, appeared in good spirits as he sat down with Lauren Price, the medal hope of Team GB, who will become Wales’ first female boxer to compete in the Olympics, at Kensington Palace
Boxer Lauren played over 50 matches for the Wales national football team, winning world and European senior kickboxing titles before focusing on her Olympic dream.
In an interview for BBC Sport, the Olympian spoke to the Duke about her remarkable life and hopes for Tokyo.
“The Olympics mean the world to me and if I won a gold medal it would surpass anything in my career,” said Lauren, who was raised in Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan, by her grandparents, Derek and Linda.
“I remember sitting in the living room with my grandma and grandpa watching the Olympics and watching Kelly Holmes win gold, and at the time I didn’t know what sport I wanted to do, I just wanted to go to the Olympics. ‘
William and Lauren, 27, talked about the upcoming Olympics and Lauren’s extraordinary athletic career, which has seen her become a four-time world champion and six-time European kickboxing champion.
Four-time world champion and six-time European kickboxing champion, Lauren won the inaugural Welsh Premier Women’s Football League title with Cardiff in 2013 and won 52 senior caps for Wales before retiring from football to focus on boxing in 2014.
Lauren, whose grandfather died tragically last year, revealed her sporting dreams in a story she wrote in school.
Nan Linda told the BBC: ‘Lauren said she wanted to be a world kickboxer champion, play football for Wales and go to the Olympics, and the teacher laughed. I said, ‘You should never try to destroy their dreams’.
“It’s just sad her grandfather isn’t there to see it, because he would have been the proudest man in the valley.”
The royal even presented Lauren with a boxing themed cake to celebrate her 27th birthday, which took place on June 25, before sitting down together for an interview.
GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken added: “She is a phenomenal athlete and a true role model for the women, especially at GB Boxing and on the team.
“She is now in a great position to continue and fulfill her potential, which is to win an Olympic medal.”
William has a number of patronages that reflect his sporting passions and closely followed the Euros 2020 tournament, with England losing to Italy earlier this month.
It was reported that the Duke comforted the three black English footballers who were subjected to vile racial abuse after missing penalties during the match.
Lauren brought with her some of the various awards from her distinguished career, as well as a photo of grandparents Derek and Linda
William went to the dressing room at Wembley to feel sorry for the squad after their defeat last Sunday and has since ‘contacted’ Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka who have been the target of racist online trolls.
A source said William – who said he was ‘sick’ from the ‘unacceptable and abhorrent’ abuse – has also been in touch with the Football Association about how to put pressure on social media companies to do more to tackle the problem.
The Prince is president of the FA and attended the final with the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George. In a statement after it was revealed that the three players had been racially abused, he said: “It must stop now and everyone involved must be held accountable.”
A source at Palace told The Mail on Sunday that William “concentrated on supporting the players” and that there had been “private talks”.
It’s because Prince Harry has teamed up with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer in a rare move by a senior member of the royal family.
The first draft of the manuscript, currently untitled, is said to be nearly completed and is expected to be submitted in October.
Proceeds from the deal are likely to be worth millions and while exact financial terms have not been disclosed, Prince Harry will donate the proceeds to charity, Random House said.
Experts have told DailyMail.com that Harry has received “at least” an advance of $20 million for the memoir, with millions more to sell.
But sources close to Prince Charles said Harry’s father was “surprised” at the news and that the royal family had only been warned that a book was in the pipeline when the news broke yesterday.