Jessica Ennis-Hill is part of a star-studded BBC punditry team for Tokyo 2020’s Olympic Games. She is a former track and field athlete who competed in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she won the 2012 Olympic gold medal. During her illustrious career, she was also a three-time world champion and the 2010 European champion.
Ennis-Hill was part of an historic day at London 2012, winning gold on ‘Super Saturday’ alongside Mo Farah and long jumper Greg Rutherford.
Following the historic games, Ennis-Hill spoke about meeting royals Prince Harry and Prince William, and admitted she was a little starstruck.
She told the Mail: “I literally couldn’t believe Prince William knew my name. He came up to me and said ‘hello Jess’ and I was just like ‘wow’, I couldn’t believe it. He was so lovely, as were Harry and Kate.
“They were all really down to earth and wandered through the Olympic Village chatting to everyone. Both William and Harry are both really good looking! I have also met Jamie Oliver and David Beckham who were both just so lovely too.”
This wouldn’t be her last encounter with the royals, as Kate got her running shoes on when she met Ennis-Hill in February last year.
Kate joined a SportsAid event dedicated to celebrating the role that parents and guardians play in their child’s sporting success.
The event was also attended by a number of sports stars including heptathlete Ennis-Hill, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad.
Ennis-Hill said of Kate’s sporting abilities: “I think she did really, really well. I felt really nervous. I hadn’t been in a pair of blocks for years.”
The Olympic star, who retired in 2016, added that coming to the event had made her realise how big a sacrifice her parents made for her.
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Kate can hardly lay claim to being the most gifted athlete in the Royal Family however.
Zara Tindall won silver with the GB equestrian team at London 2012.
She became the first immediate member of the royal family to win an Olympic medal, and said being presented with the prize by her mother, the Princess Royal, was “amazing”.
She added: “We wanted the gold but to get an Olympic medal is incredible anyway.
“We’ve had an amazing week, it’s been a great, an unreal competition and when you get one of these put round your neck it brings it back to you and you realise everything was worth it.”