- From the Mail online
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adore their puppy Lupo, but they have yet to teach the pet that priceless Royal antiques are not for chewing.
William has confided that much of the furniture at their homes in Kensington Palace and Anglesey now bears teethmarks.
He told a fan at the Audi Polo Challenge: ‘Lupo is at that stage where he is chewing everything. If you leave him for five minutes, he’ll chew up all the furniture. We don’t know what to do about it.’
Lupo enjoys three walks a day. ‘We let him off the lead in the Palace garden and he runs up and down. He’s so full of energy,’ he added.
When it comes to the bond between a man and his dog, few women can compete – even if they are the future Queen.
Kate Middleton turned out today to watch her husband Prince William and his brother Harry in action at a charity polo event in Gloucestershire.
But she had to play second fiddle as the Duke of Cambridge shared a tender moment with his beloved Cocker Spaniel puppy Lupo.
The match took place on the final day of the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, at the Beaufort Polo Club – and was staged to raise money for children’s charities Well Child, Child Bereavement and Tusk.
Kate eagerly watched from the sidelines as the duke competed.
But when it was all over and William dismounted, she was forced to look on as he swept Lupo into his arms and showered the six-month-old with kisses.
Other royals turned out for the event including Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall as well as Peter Phillips’ wife Autumn with their daughter Savannah.
The 18 month old took a shine to Lupo and was given an early lesson in dog training from Kate, who showed her how to hold his leash, while the dog stood obediently.
William and Lupo have been inseparable since he was born in December, from a litter bred by Kate’s mother Carole Middleton.
He replaced William’s childhood pet labrador Widgeon, who died in 2010.
Royal representatives initially refused to reveal Lupo’s name, until Kate shared the big secret with schoolchildren during a visit to a primary school in Oxford.
The couple are rarely seen without their pet, and he’s caused such a stir, fans have even set up a twitter account for Lupo – @HRH_Lupo – to follow the royal puppy’s every move.
Meanwhile, it’s been a busy weekend for the duchess, who attended the trooping of the colour on Saturday, before joining a group of inner city children on a camping trip in Kent this morning.
She was visiting an ‘Expanding Horizons’ primary school scheme at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Wrotham, Kent.
The scheme is co-ordinated by ARK Schools, which gives children from inner-city backgrounds the opportunity to venture into the countryside and develop their confidence and teamwork skills.
Kate didn’t even have enough time to change out of her wellington boots before, racing across country to join her husband at the polo.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 30, brought along her cocker spaniel puppy for a volunteer session with young scouts last Wednesday near the Anglesey, North Wales, home she shares with Prince William.
Kate has been quietly working with the Scouts Association, managing games and activities with the cubs. On this occasion, wearing a brown vest over jeans and rain boots, the Duchess walked through the woods with the Scotland Porthaethwy Menai Bridge branch on the camping excursion.
Some of the lucky scouts got to walk Lupo and hold his lead, but when the puppy was alone with Kate, he was free to go off-leash, his ears flopping in the wind. The two spent time cuddling together when Kate took a break by sitting on a tree stump.
“She’s clearly getting a lot out of it,” a local scouting source told PEOPLE last month. “Everybody’s taken to her well.”