Pilates, planks and special pumps – how Kate Middleton really gets those jaw dropping legs

KATE Middleton is known for elegant style and perfect blow dries – but perhaps her legs are her real crown jewels.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, recently hit the tennis court with US Open champion Emma Raducanu and showed off her slender pins in a rare outfit that finished above her knees.

But how does the royal mum-of-three achieve her "killer legs" – as Prince Harry once called them?


While the Middleton genetics clearly play a significant role in her legs, Kate is known to love staying fit and active.

She’s an avid skier, some even say better than Prince William, and the duchess likes to workout doing yoga and Pilates.

The active duchess has also enjoyed rowing, cross-country running and hockey in the past too.

Palace workouts

A royal insider told the Daily Mail: “Kate is an exercise junkie. Pippa and Kate take their toned physiques extremely seriously. And mother Carole, in her 60s, is in extremely good shape.”

In the past, the two sisters are said to have spent time working out at Kate’s home, Kensington Palace.

The royal source said: “They worked hard in the gym at Kensington Palace, starting with cardio warm-ups, hip raises, diagonal and reverse lunges, stomach crunches, squats, calf raises, bridges and push-ups.”


According to a royal source, the mum-of-three maintains her size 6 figure by working out daily.

Kate reportedly does a mixture of weight-based exercises and cardio sessions – the latter of which often involves runs around her Norfolk country estate Anmer Hall.

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However, the one move credited with sculpting her toned tummy is 'The Plank'.

This builds your core and improves posture, but also targets the back, shoulders, arms, glutes and hamstrings for a full-body burn.

A basic version of this move sees you rest on your forearms and toes while keeping your body in a straight line.

Style secrets

Kate and Meghan Markle are said to have a secret when it comes to making their legs elongated and slim, and it’s extremely simple to copy.

Both Duchesses are regularly seen out in public wearing their secret footwear weapon; nude heels.


Celebrity stylist Donny Galella told Femail: “Every woman needs a pair of nude pumps in her life.

“They always elongate your legs and make you look taller and thinner.”

Dukan diet

It has been reported that Kate likes to stick to a pretty strict diet that focuses on raw food and dishes high in protein and low on carbs.

When she does fancy a treat, she often gets stuck in preparing dishes in the kitchen with Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly went on the Dukan diet to prepare for her wedding and after she gave birth to Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

A favourite with models and celebs, this diet is high in protein and low in carbs, and includes lean proteins, whole wheat bread, vegetables and fruit.

Staying active with the kids

Kate loves to run around with her kids – they even go spider-hunting in their Kensington garden.

Speaking on the podcast Happy Baby Happy Mum, Kate said: “As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about. 

“I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying those foundations.”


Kate’s legs also nearly made Prince Harry’s best man speech, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot in 2011.

According to royal author Katie Nicholl, Harry was keen to mention Kate Middleton's "killer legs" in his speech, but his girlfriend at the time Chelsy Davy advised him against it – to avoid embarrassing his new sister-in-law.

And of courseIn Ms Nicholl's royal biography Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, the younger Windsor's raucous best man speech was altered after allegedly consulting Chelsy, according to the Express.

Ms Nicholls writes: "[Chelsy] had helped Harry edit the best man’s speech, sensitively advising him to take out a line about Kate’s 'killer legs' that might have embarrassed the bride."

From code words and head taps to tantrum breaks, how Kate Middleton keeps the Cambridge kids in check.

We shared how Kate Middleton spotted shopping in Sainsbury’s with her kids.

And Kate was seen shopping for children’s books in Kensington high Street, dressed in jeans, a blue polo jumper and blue coat. 

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