Why Kate and Will didn’t train to scuba dive in Belize

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Prince William and Kate Middleton left royal fans impressed with their sharp scuba diving skills in Belize on Sunday, but also a little confused.


Royal fans are scratching their heads after seeing Prince William and Kate Middleton’s scuba diving adventure on Sunday, and many are wondering how the couple was allowed to take part in such a dangerous activity.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently four days into their week-long royal Caribbean tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – and on the face of it they have a whale of a time.

The overseas trip aims to strengthen ties between the British monarchy and its Commonwealth countries, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer. It is also Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first joint international tour since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The couple kicked off their trip with a three-day trip to Belize, where they enjoyed a whole host of fun activities, including the Punta dance and a visit to a chocolate factory. They ended their culturally enriching tour with a marvel of South Water Caye and a (literally) deep dive into its breathtaking coral reef.

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In photos posted to Kate and William’s Instagram, the future king and queen can be seen submerged in the turquoise water wearing wetsuits, flippers and oxygen tanks.

They are also depicted surrounded by sea life, including a rather friendly shark. At one point, Kate even gives the camera an “OK” gesture, which will likely confirm that she wasn’t alarmed by the sharp-toothed fish.

Taking to Twitter to share the incredible experience, they wrote: “While the effects of climate change are evident, the Government of Belize and communities across the country deserve enormous recognition for their efforts to restore this incredible marine environment – with a commitment to protect 30% by 2030.”

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Fans were quick to praise the couple’s strong diving skills, with many taking to Twitter to share their positive reactions. The aqua-themed post also raised alarm bells, as some people wondered how Kate and Will could pursue such a risky hobby without proper training.

The short answer? They didn’t really need it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already experienced divers, having already achieved a series of qualifications in practice. In 2015, Kensington Place announced that Kate had passed an advanced scuba diving course, after proving she could safely reach depths of up to 98ft and correctly handle equipment like compasses and knives. .

Prince William also has an impressive record on the high seas, having obtained the same certificate as his wife.

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