Duchess Catherine

Duchess Catherine

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is a fan of 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

The 30-year-old royal - who is married to second in line to the throne Prince William - confessed her secret love of the ITV2 reality show while visiting Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Merseyside on Valentine's Day (14.02.12), and admitted bolshie brunette Lauren Goodger is her favourite cast member.

A hospital worker said: "Kate was really chatty and more lovely than you could ever imagine when she came in to visit the kids.

"She was so down to earth and not at all what I expected. We were told by management we were not allowed to bring our mobile phones into work while she was here.

"So naturally we were all expecting her to be quite snooty, but that couldn't be further from the truth. After a while Kate started talking about TV and told us she watches 'The Only Way Is Essex'. She has us all laughing, saying she never misses an episode and that Lauren Goodger is her favourite."

However, Lauren's former fiance Mark Wright - who she dated on and off for 10 years before the couple parted ways last summer - didn't receive the royal seal of approval, as Catherine doesn't think he is "nice enough" to Lauren.

The insider added to the Daily Star newspaper: "Kate said she really hopes that Lauren doesn't get back with Mark because he is not nice enough to her."

Catherine is not the only high-profile royal to admit a love for the show, as the likes of Russell Brand - who hails from Essex - Katy Perry and Coleen Rooney have previously admitted to being avid followers of 'TOWIE'.