Kate Middleton apologised to a three-year-old fan who told her "I thought you'd look like Cinderella".
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Rhian Costello and her little daughter Annabel during a royal visit to Swansea, Wales, yesterday.
Annabel's mum said her daughter had been excited to meet a "real princess" but Kate ended up apologising "for not wearing a pretty dress".
Kate was dressed in a Hobbs coat, Zara dress and an eye-catching Beulah London scarf, while William wore a jacket, blue shirt and green jumper for the royal visit.
Rhian and Annabel had waited for the royals at Mumbles pier for an hour, excited to see them.
The mum said: "My daughter loves fairy tales and Cinderella, and she was really excited to meet a real princess.
"Kate said 'I'm really sorry I'm not wearing a pretty dress today' and Annabel said: 'I thought you'd look like Cinderella'."
But Rhian told the Daily Mail that despite not wearing a big Cinderella dress, Annabel was "so taken" with the Duchess.
She added: "Annabel was so taken with her, she went up and gave her a huge hug and I was extremely surprised that Kate embraced her in such a way."
The mum said she hoped in 10 years her daughter would look back and realise what an amazing encounter she'd had.
Kate and William were smiling and in good spirits as they walked to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) base in Mumbles, near Swansea.
They started the day by greeting volunteers at the RNLI station, one of the charity's busiest in Wales.
The pair then boarded a lifeboat and spoke to volunteers about day-to-day life as part of a team that provides 24-hour rescue services at sea.
Kate and William were greeted by well wishers upon their arrival – and showed their appreciation when they left.
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