Mother and Baby

Mary Berry inspired 19-month-old Prince Louis' very first words

One of the highlights of this year’s Christmas TV - apart from the Gavin and Stacey reunion, of course - is going to be A Berry Royal Christmas, the Mary Berry show that features Kate and Wills as you’ve never seen them before.

On the show, which airs tonight, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge help our favourite TV cook host a party for staff and volunteers at various charities. But it turns out the baker has had a huge impact on the family - as Kate revealed that one of the first words said by Louis, who is now 19 months old, was inspired by the baker. Cute!

‘One of Louis's first words was Mary, because right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf,’ Kate tells the cook. ‘And children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and he would say “That's Mary Berry”... so he would definitely recognise you if he saw you today.’ The association makes sense, as Kate added that the family like to use Berry’s recipes when they make pizza. (Here's betting that Louis grows up to be a star baker.)

And cooking must definitely run in the family, as Kate also revealed that Wills tried to win her over with his cooking skills while they were studying at St Andrews. 'In university days he used to cook all sorts of meals,' she told the baking legend. 'I think that's when he was trying to impress me, Mary! Things like Bolognese sauce, and things like that.'

The Duke and Mary also visit The Passage, which is London’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people. The prince discussed his relationship with his mother, the late Princess Diana, who he said ‘liked to challenge the social norms about charities and about disadvantages and vulnerable people’.

‘My mother knew what she was doing with it,’ he said. ‘She realised that it was very important when you grow up - especially in the life that we grew up - that you realise that life happens beyond palace walls, and that you see real people struggling with real issues.’ William added that he talks about homelessness on the school run with George, six, and Charlotte, four, if they see somebody sleeping rough.

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