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  • Kate Middleton hosted a reception for the England Wheelchair Rugby League team Thursday
  • Middleton said she tries to "squeeze in exercise" in the morning
  • She said her kids love playing rugby and are "competitive" with each other

Kate Middleton has shared the creative way she keeps fit, and it involves her kids.

The Princess of Wales, who is the patron of the Rugby Football League, hosted a reception for the England Wheelchair Rugby League team at Hampton Court Palace in England Thursday. The event celebrated the team's victory at the Rugby League World Cup Final in November 2022, People reported.

Middleton, 41, congratulated the team members and coaches on their win and had discussions with them about their future goals.

During their chat, she was asked if her and Prince William's children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, play the sport.

"We're always slightly competitive with each other. They all love sport and Louis is mad about rugby," Middleton was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror during the reception. "They are at an age where they just love running around."

Another player asked the future queen consort if she goes to the gym to work out, and she revealed how she makes time for fitness at home in the mornings.

"It's running around after the children — I do it all, whenever I can squeeze in exercise I do, even jumping on the trampoline with my children before school," Middleton shared.

The Wheelchair Final set a new record for the Wheelchair Rugby League after attracting 4,500 spectators. Middleton said she watched the game on TV with her family and witnessed the England team's victory over France.

The royal commended the England team for raising the profile of wheelchair rugby and noted how the finale "highlighted the power of the sport."

"You've set the bar really high now, I'm going to have to come and see a game firsthand," Middleton told the players and coaches.

One of the squad members told Middleton he wanted to see her visit and play with them in a wheelchair. Middleton didn't turn down the request but said she had to prepare for it physically.

"There's no excuse now... I'm going to have to do some upper body strength," the princess said.

In February 2022, Middleton officially took over Prince Harry's role as rugby patron, two years after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from royal duties.

Queen Elizabeth II stripped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of his military appointments and their royal patronages after they decided not to return to their roles as working royals in 2021.

The late monarch made Middleton the new royal patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League. The Princess of Wales celebrated her new patronage by sharing a clip on Instagram last year that showed her throwing around a rugby ball.

In the caption, she said she was "thrilled" to be the patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union, which she considered "fantastic organizations."

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Catherine, Princess of Wales smiles and shakes hands with well-wishers after her visit to the PIPS (Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm) charity with Prince William, Prince of Wales on October 06, 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images/IBTimes