Kate Middleton is wolf-whistled on royal visit

Kate Middleton is wolf-whistled on royal visit: Lone crowd member fails to overshadow Princess of Wales’ early years project launch as she appears to ignore unwanted attention with catcalling set to be made illegal

  • Cat-caller wolf-whistled at the Princess of Wales as she walked in Leeds market
  • It appeared to register with Kate, but she continued to smile and wave at crowds 

The Princess of Wales brushed off being wolf-whistled as she visited Yorkshire today.

Kate appeared to hear the distinctive two-note greeting as she waved and smiled to crowds who gathered at Leeds Kirkgate Market to see her.

The wolf-whistle appeared to register with the future queen but she politely ignored it and kept walking past the stalls to the launch of her new early years campaign. 

The royal did not seem offended, but the incident came just weeks after it emerged that wolf-whistling could be made illegal under a new offence of harassing people in the street – with sentences of up to two years in prison.

This is the moment the Princess of Wales heard a wolf whistle aimed at her today in Leeds

The Princess of Wales in Kirkgate Market in Leeds, West Yorkshire, for the launch of the Shaping Us campaign

The Princess of Wales pictured touring the iconic market in Leeds this morning. She wore a longline green coat, dark brown suede boots and a cream dress

Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced the move as she insisted perpetrators who stop women feeling ‘safe’ will face the ‘consequences they deserve’.

She then spoke to market vendors to mark the launch of her Shaping Us project aimed at highlighting the significance of the formative years of a child’s life.

The long-term initiative, launched on Tuesday by the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, is said to be Kate’s ‘life’s work’, which she hopes will influence attitudes towards children in the early years period of their lives.

Later the princess will join a discussion with market sellers and local people to hear about their experiences of early childhood.

The Princess chose to visit Leeds today as part of the city’s ongoing ambition to become the best place in the UK for young people and children to grow up in.

The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she spoke with staff at Kirkgate Market. She paired her cream dress with an emerald green Alexander McQueen coat and gold hoop earrings

The Princess of Wales laughed as she waved to royal fans during her tour of the Leeds Kirkgate Market 

Kate pictured waving to the crowds after her tour of Kirkgate Market in Leeds, West Yorkshire this morning

The Princess of Wales styled her hair in a bouncy blow-dry and opted for a brown smokey eye for this afternoon’s engagement

The Princess of Wales speak with vendors who have worked at the market for over 30 years and members of the public about their reflections on the film

The Princess of Wales pictured waving to a young royal fan ahead of the launch of her new campaign, which focuses on the early childhood years

As she toured around the iconic market, the Princess politely ignored a wolf whistle from a royal fan

The royal mother-of-three spoke with a young royal fan and their mother as they toured the market in Leeds

The mother-of-three opted for minimal jewellery and styled her hair in a bouncy blow-dry for today’s engagements marking the launch of her new campaign

The Princess of Wales matched her emerald tailored coat with an old favourite suede handbag by Manu Atelier

The Princess of Wales pictured arriving at Kirkgate Market in Leeds this morning. She politely ignored a wolf whistle from an adoring royal fan

The Princess of Wales teamed her emerald coat with a pair of dark brown suede boots as she arrived at Kirkgate Market in Leeds this morning

In 2012, the city launched Child Friendly Leeds with the belief that by investing in and supporting children, young people and their families, the whole city will see immediate and longer-term social and economic benefits. 

Leeds City Council, working with partners to deliver enrichment programmes to improve outcomes, has seen a safe reduction in the number of youngsters being taken into care, more teenagers going into education, employment and training, and better school attendance.

Leeds Kirkgate Market opened in 1857 and is home to hundreds of local independent businesses covering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, butchers, and fishmongers, to a Community Library, cookery school and Volunteer Centre. 

During the BAFTA screening last night, the Princess of Wales described the Shaping  Us programme as her ‘life’s work’. 

The Princess of Wales was elegant in an emerald blazer today as she appeared in a new video to launch her new campaign to shine a spotlight on the crucial ‘early years’ of childhood

The project, which is launching today, is a long-term project of the Princess’s, beginning with how a child develops and the importance of the formative years

It will ‘explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world’ and the significance of relationships, ‘surroundings and experiences’. 

Earlier today, the Princess appeared in a  new video which was shared on her official social media pages, donning a smart green blazer with a black scoop neck top underneath. 

She said: ‘Our early childhood, the time from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally shapes the rest of our lives. 

Last night, Kate made a stylish splash in a red trouser suit as she launched the campaign in London, where she called it her ‘life’s work’ 

Kate, who was accompanied by her husband, Prince William , looked effortlessly elegant in her Studio 54-inspired suit with flared trousers, vertiginous heels and chandelier -style earrings

‘But as a society we currently focus much more of our time and energy on later life.’

Kate explained she is now launching the Shaping Us campaign, adding: ‘To raise awareness of the life changing impact we can have, when we build a supportive, nurturing world around children and those who care for them.

‘By focusing our collective time, energy and resources on these most preventative years, we can make a huge difference to the physical and mental health and happiness of generations to come.

In the clip, the royal swept her hair into a bouncy blow dry style, tucking part of it behind her shoulder. 

Introducing the film last night at a BAFTA screening, the Princess said: ‘The campaign is fundamentally about shining a spotlight on the critical importance of early childhood and how it shapes the adults we become. 

‘During this time we lay the foundations and building blocks for life. And it is when we learn to understand ourselves, understand others and understand the world in which we live. 

‘This is why it is essential, to not only understand the unique importance of our earliest years, but to know what we can all do to help raise future generations of happy, healthy adults.’ 

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