Kate Middleton's status as Internet royalty just got a boost. Two days after wrapping her royal tour to New York City with husband Prince William, a video from one of the British royal’s first appearances has gone viral. In a clip released on Vine by one of her admirers Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge can be seen giving an “eye roll” to one New Yorker during the first stop on her whirlwind tour.
The footage of her now infamous reaction was taken during her visit to the Northside Child Development Center in Harlem Monday. In the clip, titled “Royal Side Eye,” Kate, 32, can be seen smiling and wrapping gifts for underprivileged children at the center. After the pregnant Duchess takes a moment’s rest, a worker at the New York facility commands her to “keep wrapping,” prompting a royal eye roll. Despite Kate's seemingly unprincess-like reaction, it appears she was merely joking, as she goes on smiling and wrapping seconds after she gets the stern order.
Another video from Kate’s appearance, which was also attended by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, released by the Royal Family Channel YouTube page, shows her interactions with the workers of the facility. In one scene, Kate is shown joining the center’s members for a meeting and telling them how much she admires their professional artwork.
Despite the minor hiccup with the Duchess during the gift-wrapping portion of her visit, the center's director of early childhood services, Rose Anne Harris, said it was a positive experience for all. “When they heard she was coming, they thought it was Elsa,” Harris said of the kids, referring to the royal character from Disney’s hit 2013 animated film "Frozen."
“We said a Princess and they got a Princess,” Harris said, as reported by the Mirror. “The visit meant everything to the children. They were thrilled and it acknowledges all the hard work of the staff.”
One of the other gift wrappers at the event, 71-year-old Mary Dawkins of Harlem, had only good things to say about Kate’s visit. “We sat together wrapping gifts,” Dawkins said. “She’s my girl.”
While this is the first time the world has seen the normally demure Duchess react in such a manner, she's also no pushover. Kate may have taken orders from the New Yorker during her appearance earlier this week, but she has been rumored to put her foot down when it comes to her grandmother-in-law, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Not only has the Duchess allegedly gone against the queen’s wishes in the past about issues like how she raises her 1-year-old son, HRH Prince George, she is also rumored to have ignored the royal family’s traditions while planning this year’s holiday festivities. According to a report from E! News, Prince William and Kate will host Christmas at their summer home in Norfolk, England, this year, as opposed to celebrating the holiday at the Queen's Sandringham estate in Scotland.