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The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to exit the starting blocks during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 26, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to exit the starting blocks during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 26, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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On your marks: The Duchess of Cambridge exits the starting blocks during a SportsAid event
at the London Stadium in Stratford, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On your marks: The Duchess of Cambridge exits the starting blocks during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to exit the starting blocks during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in Stratford, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 26, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

I sat in the row behind Kate Middleton on a flight from London to Dublin once. Needless to mention, she was not making an official visit and it was not a private plane.

It was Aer Lingus and it was 2007, while she was temporarily broken up with then boyfriend Prince William, and she flew to Dublin to attend the art exhibition opening of a friend with her mother Carol.

Kate was very tall, much taller than I had expected, and very slim. She wore the skinny jeans and the kind of flattering but no-nonsense knee-high boots that have become her go-to for the sort of events where she needs to show she can get her hands dirty.