As Wimbledon 2024 reaches its final stages, royal watchers and tennis fans alike are speculating whether Princess Kate will make a public appearance, despite her ongoing cancer battle. Royal expert Lady Victoria Hervey recently suggested that there is a "50/50 chance" that the Princess of Wales could surprise the public by attending the finals if her health permits.

In an interview on GBN America, Lady Victoria Hervey discussed the likelihood of Middleton appearing at the Wimbledon finals on Sunday. Known for her love of tennis, Middleton has been a regular attendee at Wimbledon since joining the royal family in 2011, missing only the 2013 matches due to her pregnancy with Prince George. However, this year, her attendance remains uncertain as she continues her cancer treatment.

Hervey highlighted the last-minute nature of Middleton's recent public appearances, such as her attendance at Trooping the Colour, which was confirmed just a day prior. "Trooping the Colour was very last minute, that she would appear," Hervey noted. "I think it's just how she feels that day or the night before. She quite possibly could surprise us by giving out the awards."

The Princess of Wales, who serves as the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, traditionally presents the trophies to Wimbledon champions. Last year, she handed out awards to Carlos Alcaraz and Markéta Vondroušová. The club has yet to announce who will present the prizes at this year's finals, leaving the door open for Middleton’s potential appearance.

Late last month, Wimbledon organizers expressed hope that the Princess of Wales would be able to continue the tradition this year. Debbie Jevans, the chair of the All England Club, stated that they are prioritizing Middleton's health and recovery, offering her flexibility regarding her attendance. "We're hopeful that the Princess of Wales will be able to present the trophies as the Club's patron, but her health and recovery is the priority," Jevans said in a statement to Telegraph Sport. "We don't know what we don't know. All we've said is that we'll work with her and give her as much flexibility as possible."

However, contingency plans are in place should Middleton be unable to attend. The Telegraph reported on Monday that Birgitte, the Duchess of Gloucester, may distribute the trophies if Middleton's health prevents her from attending. The Duchess of Gloucester, wife of Queen Elizabeth's first cousin Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has a long history with the Lawn Tennis Association as its honorary president.

Despite the uncertainty, there is palpable excitement and hope among royal fans and tennis enthusiasts for Middleton's potential appearance. "Tennis was her thing, and I am sure she has been watching it at home. It would be great to see her there," Hervey added, echoing the sentiments of many who admire Middleton's dedication to the sport.

Middleton's role as a royal and her personal passion for tennis have made her a beloved figure at Wimbledon. Her possible appearance at the finals would not only continue a cherished tradition but also provide a moment of joy and inspiration during her challenging health journey.

As the finals approach, all eyes will be on the announcements from the All England Club and the Royal Family, eagerly awaiting news of whether the Princess of Wales will grace the courts of Wimbledon once more. Her presence would undoubtedly be a highlight of the tournament, symbolizing resilience and the enduring spirit of the game.