Prince William and Kate Middleton Meet Animal Friends in Cumbria

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson Getty Images

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge broke with longstanding royal tradition to talk about politics when they visited a rural community in England on Tuesday.

Before the dinner - which was held at the stunning restaurant Spring, Somerset House - Kate met with Action on Addiction clients who are working as apprentices in the kitchen.

Kate and William were welcomed to the farm, where they also helped out with sheep herding and dry stone walling, by the Brown family and were handed flowers by the youngest members of the family Caitlyn, five, and Georgia, three.

During a chat with a group of farmers over tea and cake, Prince William asked how Brexit had affected them. Farmers told the royal couple that possible 40% tariffs on sheep, combined with a loss of European Union subsidies for farmers would bring about a "perfect storm".

"I was very surprised that farmers voted for Brexit, to be honest".

Adam Day, managing director of the Farming Network, said: "The worst case scenario post-Brexit is absolutely dire".

Later in the day, Kate and William joined the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and children from Patterdale School for an environmental educational session on the Ullswater Way. The royal couple had actually met Irving and his 11-year-old therapy dog Max at Buckingham Palace last month; however, it was their first time meeting his two other pups-Paddy, 2, and Prince Harry, 7 months.

"I know. I'm sorry", she said.

She recently spoke about this when showcasing her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show: 'There's an wonderful fact that I learned recently that 90 per cent of our adult brains are developed before the age of five and what a child experiences in these really early years directly affects how their brain develops, ' she said. After all, the couple owns an English cocker spaniel named Lupo, whom Kate referenced during the visit.

After sampling local cheese from market stall holders, they spent an hour talking to residents involved with organisations supporting communities and families across Cumbria.

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