The Crown fans want to know if Kate met Prince William handing out the Big Issue

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Crown. 

The Crown has returned for the second half of season six and has brought how Prince William met Kate Middleton into questioning.

Prior to the opening credits of episode seven, Alma Mater, a 15-year-old Kate Middleton is accompanied by her mum Carole Middleton (played by Eve Best) to look for a dress for a Christmas party.

When they go outside Prince William (Rufus Kampa) is there with his mum Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) selling copies of the Big Issue.

Diana tells Kate she is “very generous” after handing her a note for one of the magazines and asks the teen her name.

When Kate tells her, Princess Diana tells her eldest son to thank the future Princess of Wales, which he does, and the youngsters smile at one another.

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Did Kate really meet Prince William when handing out the Big Issue with Princess Diana?

While it would be rather romantic to say Prince William and Kate Middleton met as teenagers, this did not happen.

When a member of the public in Aberfan admired her engagement ring, which had belonged to Princess Diana, Kate said it was an “honour” to wear it but said “I never met her, sadly”.

She did go on to say how she is “missed everyday” and would have been a “brilliant grandmother” to their three children.

The Big Issue has also taken to its website to address the scene which has got Netflix fans talking following its release on Thursday, December 14.

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“So is bringing together a future king and queen the most dramatic coming together of The Big Issue and the Royal Family ever?

“Is our part in the romance between William and Kate our biggest royal achievement? Well, perhaps it would be. Except it didn’t happen.”

Producer of The Crown Oona O’Beirn went on to explain why the creators had decided to include this scene in the episode.

“The Big Issue was chosen because we were keen to show more of the charitable side of Princess Diana’s character – specifically in regard to her work with the homeless – and were aware that it was work she wanted her sons to be exposed to and get involved in.

“As such an iconic brand name in the UK and around the world, The Big Issue felt like the best and natural choice for these scenes.”

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Princess Diana was known to be a supporter of Big Issue and often purchased copies outside Sloane Square station.

O’Beirn added: “This part of the story was inspired by several things. Including Princess Diana bringing both of her sons to visit The Passage.

“We were looking for a forum in which Kate’s early interest in William could be brought to life on screen.

“Around the time of writing, the story about Prince William selling The Big Issue magazine ahead of his 40th birthday was published.

“This provided the inspiration for creating that moment.”

The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.

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