Kate is understood to be isolating at Anmer Hall, her home in Norfolk during lockdown. There, the Duchess of Cambridge would be in the company of Prince William and their three children.
While, like most other parents across the country, Kate and William need to dedicate their time to homeschooling their children during the third national lockdown, they also continue to work on their royal projects.
Kate, as revealed by the Court Circular, is still working on her leading Early Years project.
The Court Circular, which records all the engagements carried out by senior royals, noted under January 20: “The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon held an Early Years Meeting via video link.”
Kate has worked behind the scenes for years to better understand the needs and wellbeing of children under the age of five before launching her Early Years initiative.
In 2018, the Duchess launched a steering group focused on the better understanding the links between the experiences lived by young children and their development and life as adults.
By then, she had already been appointed patron of several charities focused on children or mental health.
In January last year, Kate launched the ambitious Five Big Questions on the Under-Fives survey.
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Attracting more than half a million responses, the survey gave a better insight into what the country thinks the under-fives need, how crucial these first years of life are for development and which resources are available for parents.
The findings of this survey were combined with experts’ opinions, observational research and in-depth interviews with parents to provide a more rigorous study.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, Ipsos MORI and the Royal Foundation also surveyed parents about the impact COVID-19 has had on their support network and mental health.
The outcome of the study was unveiled in late November, when the Royal Foundation held a virtual forum on the Early Years.
During this special event, Kate opened up on the real reason behind her interest in the early years and the wellbeing of children.
In her keynote speech, the Duchess stated being mother to George, Charlotte and Louis isn’t why she has launched this research.
The Duchess said: “People often ask why I care so passionately about the early years.
“Many mistakenly believe that my interest stems from having children of my own.
“While of course I care hugely about their start in life, this ultimately sells the issue short.
“Parenthood isn’t a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years.
“If we only expect people to take an interest when they have children, we are not only too late for them, we are underestimating the huge role others can play in shaping our most formative years too.”
Kate believes understanding how to improve the development of children is an issue that should interest everyone, not just parents.
In the long-term, she noted during her speech, how children of today develop will have an impact on the society of tomorrow.
She added: “Early years are not about how we raise our children but how we raise generations of adults, which is why I wanted to start a conversation.”
Following the successful forum, Kate said the early years’ study was just the stepping stone of a work set to continue for years with charities and organisations dedicated to childhood.