As with most of the country, the Duchess and Prince William have been forced to isolate with their family for much of the year. It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe, with lockdowns imposed in nearly every country. While many in Britain were furloughed, Kate and William continued with their royal duties and responsibilities – vital to their preparing for their future roles of King and Queen consort.
Kate has been particularly busy and in the summer, she teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to launch her ‘Hold Still’ project.
A community endeavour, Kate has called on the people of Britain to capture the moments in-between, to reflect the pain, joy, sadness and struggles of everyday life during lockdown.
While promoting the project on ITV’s This Morning, Kate opened up about how hard life had been for her family during the lockdown.
It came as presenter, Phillip Schofield, asked Kate how her children had been dealing with the harsh realities of not being able to go anywhere or do anything.
He asked how they had reacted to not being able to see family members, and Kate admitted: “It’s really hard and actually, we hadn’t done a huge amount of facetime and video calls, and things like that.
“We’re doing that a lot more now.
“And that’s actually been great, we try to check in with family daily now, and speak to them about news.
“But it is really difficult – it’s hard to explain to a five and nearly seven-year-old what’s going on.
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“But actually, these moments of connection can take place, and that really resonated with me, that photograph.”
Despite the hard times, Kate offered some amusing stories which emerged during her lockdown.
One came as presenter Holly Willoughby asked about the “challenge” of homeschooling children of varying ages.
Kate revealed that George had become slightly jealous of Charlotte’s fun projects.
She explained: “Yeah, it’s so true that it’s a challenge.
“Actually, George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects.
“Like making sort of spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work.”