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Will on Kate

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with someone who didn’t take themselves too seriously and a good story to share with my friends.

First impressions?
Kate seemed far more relaxed and put me at ease very quickly.

What did you talk about?
Our go-to karaoke songs, swimming spots in London, , parkrun, Rowans (a bowling alley in north London), Emma Raducanu, Sex Education, sports documentaries.

Any awkward moments?

At the photoshoot beforehand I noticed that I still had the stamp on my wrist from the previous night’s gig but I think I got away with it.

Good table manners?
Exemplary. She even corrected me on my pronunciation of romesco.

Best thing about Kate?
Kate was really easy to chat with, and we had a lot in common.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yeah, I think they would all get along.

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Describe Kate in three words
Intelligent, open, easy-going.

What do you think she made of you?
She might have thought that I was someone very keen on getting as much free food out of the evening as possible.

Did you go on somewhere?

No, the evening had reached its natural end.

If it weren’t for physical distancing, would you have kissed?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I felt for Kate, a vegetarian, going on a date in a chicken shop.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
As friends, yes.

Kate and Will Blind date selfie‘Taking a selfie on a date was a new experience,’ says Kate.

Kate on Will

Kate

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening, and some vegetarian options.

First impressions?

He was tall, friendly, and not nervous.

What did you talk about?
Medicine, dating, running, how we both like being tall, the wonders of the Finsbury Park area of London.

Any awkward moments?
Taking a selfie on a date was a new experience. We decided to take it opposite the restaurant, and Will kindly let me hold the phone. I was anticipating multiple tries but we were happy with the first one.

Good table manners?
Yes, no food was wasted.

Best thing about Will?
He was relaxed and easy to chat to.

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Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yes, they like anyone who has been to Rowans bowling alley.

Describe Will in three words
Tall, confident, chatty.

What do you think he made of you?
Maybe that I was a bit fussy about the lack of veggie options. When I told him that I had asked if we could meet at a different restaurant, he joked that I was a diva.

Did you go on somewhere?
No.

If it weren’t for physical distancing, would you have kissed?

No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
A less chickeny restaurant.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
I’m sure he will overtake me at the next parkrun.

William and Kate ate at Sidechick, London W1U. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]



https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/nov/06/blind-date-i-asked-if-we-could-meet-at-a-different-restaurant-he-joked-that-i-was-a-diva