Norland Nanny’s top tips on breaking fussy eating habits in kids

A nanny who trained at the prestigious Norland College has shared her tips to deal with fussy eaters. 

Louenna Hood, 36, from Suffolk, graduated from the famous Bath school in 2005 and has worked with many high profile families since. 

The highly-reputable institution has supplied childcare services to the likes of Mick Jagger and, most famously, Prince William and Kate Middleton, who hired Maria Borrallo to help look after Prince George, seven, when he was eight months old. She now cares for Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, too.

Like other nannies coming from the academy, Louenne was trained in several disciplines, including high-speed driving to avoid paparazzi, martial arts to defend against kidnappers and classical skills such as cooking.

Louenna Hood, 36, from Suffolk, graduated from the famous Norland College nanny school in 2005 and has worked with many high profile families since She gives her tips to make meal times a piece of cake for parents of fussy eaters

The nanny and maternity nurse has just launched a new app to help parents across the globe look after their children, after years of experience taking care of the offspring of high society.

Here she gives her best tips to deal with fussy eaters, starting with weaning and tricks to use on older kids. 

START AT WEANING 

‘A good relationship with food begins during weaning,’ Louenna explained. 

‘Wean your baby using home-cooked food, and let them enjoy new tastes and textures, during the six to twelve month taste window when babies’ taste buds are more accepting of new flavours.’

MAKE MEAL TIME SPECIAL  

Louenna stressed the importance of eating at the same time as your child. 

‘f you sit there watching your child eat with nothing to do yourself, it creates massive pressure on them and increases your anxiety,’ she said. 

‘If they see the adults around them eating the same foods it will encourage them to try different things,’ she added.  

‘If possible, sit around a table so that you face each other when eating, and don’t have distractions around the room that children may want to get down and see.’

Norland Nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo with the Queen and Prince George, then two, at the Christening of Princess Charlotte in 2015

Norland Nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo with the Queen and Prince George, then two, at the Christening of Princess Charlotte in 2015

GET THEM INVOLVED 

‘Get your child to help in the kitchen. They love to eat fresh food that they have prepared,’ Louenna said. 

The Norland nanny explained that some children can feel overwhelmed by big food portions.  

‘Offer small manageable portions so your child isn’t put off or overwhelmed. Make sure your child isn’t overtired or hungry when they sit down to eat,’ she said. 

DON’T GET FRUSTRATED  

Many parents dealing with fussy children will know how frustrating meal times can be.  

‘Don’t let meal times become a battle,’ Louenna advised. If they feel you getting frustrated, it will fuel them to create more of a fuss. 

‘Keep your voice calm and controlled and tell them to try and eat what they can. Explain there won’t be any snacks until the next meal.’

DON’T MAKE DIFFERENT MEALS 

While some might be tempted to serve their children different meals to avoid tantrums, Louenna explained why it’s not advisable. 

‘Don’t make different meals for each child, they shouldn’t dictate what they fancy at each meal time,’ she said. 

‘Try to accommodate everyone’s tastes as much as possible to make mealtimes enjoyable, but don’t feel guilty if one of your children isn’t keen on every single meal you cook – that’s life! It’s important they learn to cope with not loving everything they eat,’ she explained. 

Louenna, here in the Norland College uniform, advised parents to eat at the same time as their children and to try not to get frustrated

Louenna, here in the Norland College uniform, advised parents to eat at the same time as their children and to try not to get frustrated

LET THEM HELP THEMSELVES TO VEGGIES

Preparing side bowls of vegetable is the best way to facilitate meal times, Louenna said.  

‘Have a little crudités plate or a bowl of some chopped vegetables or salad in the middle for your child to help themselves,’ she advised. 

‘Children love the independence of serving themselves,’ she explained. 

SET SOME RULES  

Setting some rules is a good way to get your child to taste more things, Louenna said.  

‘Set some simple rules. My two most important rules would be that children always have to try everything, even if it’s just one bite,’ she said.  

‘Then after tasting it, if they don’t like it we don’t make a fuss we just leave it to the side of the plate.’ 

She added: ‘My other rule is that you can’t leave the table unless others have finished. 

The nanny has worked with many high profile families since graduating from Norland in 2005. She's now released an app dispensing advice to parents

The nanny has worked with many high profile families since graduating from Norland in 2005. She’s now released an app dispensing advice to parents

‘Sometimes children get a second wind after a break, so if they say they have finished they have to sit still and join in the conversation. 

‘I often find, toddlers say they’re ‘finished’ because they’d like to get down and play, rather than because they are full. So by asking them to wait for everyone else to finish, they’ll often clear the plate,’ she explained. 

GET CREATIVE WITH CHICKEN AND POTATOES

Some ingredients are more difficult for children to eat, and getting creative during cooking is a good way to avoid dinner meltdowns.  

‘Chicken is often difficult for toddlers to chew, as it just goes round and round in their mouths,’ Louenna explained.  

‘Try poaching the chicken in water or stock so it’s nice and moist, then cutting it into little pieces and adding a sauce,’ she said. 

‘Another great way for toddlers to enjoy chicken is blending it in to meatballs or burgers,’ she added. 

Some treats like mashed potatoes can also be a challenge.   

‘This is the only food I add salt to when I cook for children,’ Louenna admitted. 

‘I add butter, salt and a little milk when the draining potatoes are steaming hot and spend time making sure there aren’t any lumps before serving it nice and hot,’ she added. 

BLEND VEGETABLES IN SAUCES 

Some fussy eaters will always resist vegetables, but Louenna shared some ways to trick them into eating those as well. 

‘If your children absolutely refuses to eat vegetables, try blending steamed vegetable and adding them to sauces,’ she said. 

‘Recipe ideas include macaroni cheese with hidden cauliflower, butternut squash and carrots / tomato pasta sauce filled with hidden vegetables / homemade burgers with grated apple, carrot, courgette, red pepper and onion,’ she added.  

‘Smoothies and ice lollies are brilliant for getting children to eat fruit and vegetables,’ she said. 

‘Football crazy’ Prince George ‘plays for a local team’ during term time


‘Football crazy’ Prince George ‘plays for a local team’ during term time and Prince William and Kate Middleton join other parents to cheer him on from the sidelines, sources tell Vanity Fair

  • Prince George, who is celebrating his seventh birthday today, is ‘football mad’
  • Family friend has revealed how the little royal will likely have a themed party 
  • They went on to explain how he plays for ‘a local team’ during term time 
  • Said: ‘Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, 38, are often there to cheer him on

‘Football crazy’ Prince George ‘plays for a local team’ during term time and will likely celebrate his birthday today with a sports-themed party, sources have claimed.

Prince George is celebrating his seventh birthday today at the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, with his parents Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 38, as well as his siblings, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis.

Now sources have revealed how the little royal may be spending the day, telling Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if his birthday has a football theme. George is football crazy and actually a very good player. 

They added: ‘During term time he plays for a local team and Will and Kate are often there to cheer him on.’

Prince George, who is celebrating his seventh birthday, is ‘football crazy’ and will likely have a themed party today, a source told Vanity Fair 

Meanwhile sources also revealed how the family would likely be joined by grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton to celebrate the big day, adding that the couple are ‘always a fixture’ at the Cambridge children’s parties.

While Prince George and the family spent his birthday last year in Mustique, sources have revealed how they’re happy to stay more location this year.

A family friend explained that little George ‘loves being outdoors’, adding: ‘They all love being in Norfolk and William and Kate would love to live there full time if they could.’

The source went on to say that the family were spending ‘all day every day’ outside during the lockdown.

Sources revealed how the little royal 'plays for a local team' during term time and said that Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, 38, often cheer him on from the sidelines (pictured, last summer enjoying a kickabout at the polo in July)

Sources revealed how the little royal ‘plays for a local team’ during term time and said that Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, 38, often cheer him on from the sidelines (pictured, last summer enjoying a kickabout at the polo in July) 

They explained that a ‘perfect day’ for the royals involves going to the beach, with Prince George playing hide and seek in the sand dunes and sailing his toy boat on the sea.      

Prince William is also an avid football fan and is a regular in the stands at Villa Park. He cheered the club to victory at Wembley last season.

George’s love of football has been no secret, with the royal also celebrating his sixth birthday with a  sports-themed party at Kensington Palace.

The popular prince was said to have invited his whole class at Thomas Battersea to the football- themed occasion last July ahead of the end of term.

Meanwhile friends say the outdoorsy youngster has enjoyed spending time at his family's Norfolk home during lockdown (pictured, in a portrait taken by Kate released today for his birthday)

Meanwhile friends say the outdoorsy youngster has enjoyed spending time at his family’s Norfolk home during lockdown (pictured, in a portrait taken by Kate released today for his birthday) 

The youngster has previously posed for his official birthday photographs in an England shirt, and was pictured chasing after a ball with his younger sister Princess Charlotte at a polo match earlier this year in July.

It is believed the royal celebrated his birthday early so that he could enjoy an ‘action-packed bash’ with his friends from school before the end of term.

Prince William is an avid football fan, follower of Aston Villa and president of the Football Association (FA).

He took over the role of from his uncle, the Duke of York, in 2006 and has taken a keen interest in all aspects of the game, including his support of the men’s and women’s national teams. 

Meanwhile the Cambridges 'all love being in Norfolk', with sources explaining how Prince William and Kate would 'love to live there full time' (pictured, Prince George with Prince William, Kate, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two)

Meanwhile the Cambridges ‘all love being in Norfolk’, with sources explaining how Prince William and Kate would ‘love to live there full time’ (pictured, Prince George with Prince William, Kate, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two) 

Happy Birthday Prince George! Stunning new images taken by Kate Middleton are released


With his cheeky smile and toothy grin, he’s the spitting image of his uncle, James Middleton, don’t you think?

Two new photographs of the future king, Prince George, released by Kensington Palace today to mark his seventh birthday, show that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son is growing up all too fast.

The new commemorative portraits were, as usual, taken by keen amateur snapper Kate Middleton, 38, earlier this month in between home schooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.  

Meanwhile Prince William and Kate planned a 7th birthday party for him at home earlier today with family and friends within their ‘family bubble.’ 

Prince George, who is celebrating his seventh birthday tomorrow, showcases a toothy grin and windswept blonde locks in his new birthday photographs, which were snapped by Kate Middleton, 38, at Anmer Hall earlier this month  

Gone are his chubby cheeks and the frilled Peter Pan-collar shirts that Kate so loved to dress him in as a toddler and beyond.

Instead we see a proper little boy, tousled blonde hair swept to one side and a toothy grin on his face, wearing a cool camouflage green t-shirt.

In another he wearing a favourite £8 olive green polo shirt from Mango and shorts, his arms and cheeks tanned by the summer sun.

Young George looks eerily like his uncle James, whom he adores, although hasn’t been able to see much this year due to lockdown.

And like James, 33, he is a sporty, outdoors type (his grandfather, Prince Charles, is particularly proud that his eldest grandson has inherited his love of the countryside). 

The lockdown period has been bliss for George and his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis, as they have been able to spent so much time outside in the fresh air at the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

That’s where the pictures were taken earlier this month by his doting mother, Kate, a keen amateur photographer who always seems to get the best out of her children.

She and her husband, Prince William, have been doing their best to home school the three youngsters, although they admit its been tough at times.

In another image, the heir-to-the-throne can be seen beaming at his mother the Duchess of Cambridge behind the camera as she snaps a shot

In another image, the heir-to-the-throne can be seen beaming at his mother the Duchess of Cambridge behind the camera as she snaps a shot 

George, apparently has been very jealous of Charlotte’s homework from their school, Thomas’s Battersea, which is much more fun and less challenging than his.

‘George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects,’ Kate recently disclosed. ‘Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!’ 

Kate and William have done their best to shelter George from the future that awaits him, gently introducing him to the idea that his might be slightly more mapped out than his classmates.

‘It’s a delicate balance but they want to protect him as much as they can,’ said a friend. ‘As a result he’s turning out to be a really happy, well-adjusted little boy.’  

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share two new photographs of Prince George ahead of his seventh birthday tomorrow.

Prince George bears remarkably resemblance to Kate's brother James Middleton, 33, who also sported short fair locks and large brown eyes as a youngster (pictured, as a child)

Prince George bears remarkably resemblance to Kate’s brother James Middleton, 33, who also sported short fair locks and large brown eyes as a youngster (pictured, as a child) 

‘The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess.’

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.

He made his public debut in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his proud parents’ arms.

A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, he follows the reigns of his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and then his father, William.

In public George can sometimes come across as a serious little boy, who has already developed a clear wariness of the cameras that are part and parcel of his royal life.

But friends say that while he is definitely more cautious and sensitive in nature than his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, five, the little prince is actually a bundle of fun.

Pictured, Prince William when he was George's age, with brother Harry and mother Diana

Pictured, Kate Middleton when she was George's age

Pictured, left, Prince William when he was George’s age, with brother Harry and mother Diana. Right, Kate Middleton when she was a child

Prince George’s godmother Julia Samuels recently revealed that she buys the ‘feisty and cheeky’ royal ‘impossible’ noisy toys which take Prince William ‘days to put together’ in a running joke inspired by Princess Diana.

The psychotherapist, 60, London, became close to Lady Diana after meeting her at a dinner party in 1987, and is godmother to Prince George, who turns seven this month.

Speaking on the How to Fail with Elizabeth Day podcast, she revealed: ‘He is amazing. He’s funny and feisty and cheeky and God she [Diana] would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them.’

She added that she follows in the footsteps of the Princess, who was godmother to her own son, revealing: ‘So I do to George what she did to us which is give impossible toys which are really noisy, take a lot of making.’ 

Apparently he has settled down well at Thomas’s Battersea, where he was joined by Charlotte in September last year.

However for the last few months during the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke, 38, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, have been home-schooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall. 

William and Kate were familiar figures at the school gate before the pandemic and threw themselves into school life, helping out at coffee mornings and cheering their son on from the sidelines at sports day.

The couple were deeply touched by the sensitive way in which the school staff have handled his arrival, particularly with the other children and parents.

In April, the entire family helped out with a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff, who have been preparing and delivering meals for pensioners and the vulnerable in the area during the lockdown.

This time the Cambridges, all keen cooks, rustled up some home-made pasta which they separated into 12 large bags and tied up with raffia to add to the food parcels. Sources said all the children – even little Louis, two – were involved.

The following day, the family then helped to load bags of fresh produce into a van from the Sandringham Visitors’ Centre ready for delivery.

Sources say William, Kate, Charlotte and George spent two and a half hours driving around the area delivering food to those in need. 

Happy birthday, George! Celebrating the prince’s first seven years with glorious photos

When George was born, Kate Middleton followed in Princess Diana's footsteps and stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary hospital for the first time - which she has continued to do for the birth of all her children. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George on 23 July 2013

When George was born, Kate Middleton followed in Princess Diana’s footsteps and stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary hospital for the first time – which she has continued to do for the birth of all her children. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George on 23 July 2013

Donning striped dungarees, was pictured walking across stones in a photograph released for his first birthday in 2014

His royal cuteness! One-year-old Prince George was all smiles as he played with a toy at Wellington House, in New Zealand during a play group at Government House on April 9, 2014

Striped delight! Prince George photographed walking about in official pictures released back in 2014 to mark the young royal’s first birthday (left). He is pictured a few months earlier at a play group at Government House, New Zealand

Prince George - the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - donned a baby blue ensemble as he was pictured in his father Prince William's arms during his second Trooping the Colour, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on 13 June 2015

Prince George – the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – donned a baby blue ensemble as he was pictured in his father Prince William’s arms during his second Trooping the Colour, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on 13 June 2015

King of the hill! Prince George, aged two, photographed taking a tumble at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015

King of the hill! Prince George, aged two, photographed taking a tumble at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015

Cautious mother Kate would make sure to cover her son's ears with noise canceling headphones to protect his hearing when out in a particularly loud environment. Pictured, Price George on his first birthday

Cautious mother Kate would make sure to cover her son’s ears with noise canceling headphones to protect his hearing when out in a particularly loud environment. Pictured, Price George on his first birthday

During the Canada Tour of 2016, George, then three, enjoyed some downtime and was pictured smiling as he played with some bubbles at a children's tea party at Government House in Victoria on September 29, 2016

During the Canada Tour of 2016, George, then three, enjoyed some downtime and was pictured smiling as he played with some bubbles at a children’s tea party at Government House in Victoria on September 29, 2016

A royal wave! George has grown to be more serious in front of the press but in 2016, aged three, he graced the media with a cute wave. Pictured, leaving from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016

A royal wave! George has grown to be more serious in front of the press but in 2016, aged three, he graced the media with a cute wave. Pictured, leaving from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016

Merry Christmas! George held onto his father's hand on Christmas morning 2016, while his sister Charlotte, then one and half, was carried in her mother's arms. Pictured at Englefield on December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! George held onto his father’s hand on Christmas morning 2016, while his sister Charlotte, then one and half, was carried in her mother’s arms. Pictured at Englefield on December 25, 2016

Run, George, run! As an active young boy, the prince is often photographed playing around and running just like he did at  the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 (pictured)

Run, George, run! As an active young boy, the prince is often photographed playing around and running just like he did at  the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 (pictured) 

Prince George and Charlotte could be seen holding their father's hand at Prince Louis' christening on July 9, 2018

All smiles! Prince George also showed off his gap-toothed grin in his official portrait for his fifth birthday

The Cambridge’s oldest children George and Charlotte were on their best behaviour when attending the christening of their younger brother Prince Louis, at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on 9 July 2018 (left)

George put on a serious display when he attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

George put on a serious display when he attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

George the joker! The young Prince was pictured playing tricks behind Mia Grace Tindall at St George Chapel, in Windsor, on the day of Princess Eugenie's wedding on October 12 2018

George the joker! The young Prince was pictured playing tricks behind Mia Grace Tindall at St George Chapel, in Windsor, on the day of Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12 2018 

Cheeky page boy! The birthday boy couldn't contain his excitement during Princess Eugenie's wedding in Windsor on 12 October 2018 - and was pictured with his hand over his mouth in shock

Cheeky page boy! The birthday boy couldn’t contain his excitement during Princess Eugenie’s wedding in Windsor on 12 October 2018 – and was pictured with his hand over his mouth in shock

In the official Christmas card from the Cambridge family for Christmas 2018, George showed off his playful side next to a more demure Charlotte and a happy baby Louis

In the official Christmas card from the Cambridge family for Christmas 2018, George showed off his playful side next to a more demure Charlotte and a happy baby Louis 

Prince George helped his father William with the fire at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May 2019

Six year old George dips his toes in the water with sister Charlotte, four, ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, while Prince William plays with youngest son Louis in the background

Fire hazard! Prince George helped his father mind a fire in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May 2019 (left), before being joined by his sister, Princess Charlotte, four (right)

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, four, playing together as they attended the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, four, playing together as they attended the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham

Hanging out in the boot of the car: George and Charlotte were spotted playing together all day

Later on, the siblings engaged in a game of football, while Prince Louis run around in the background

Prince George was captured playing with his two siblings Princess Charlotte and brother Louis during the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham on July 10 2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly before they left for Thomas's Battersea for her first day at the school in September 2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly before they left for Thomas’s Battersea for her first day at the school in September 2019 

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in March 2020)

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured, with his siblings and Prince William, Kate Middleton in April 2020

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured left, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in March 2020, and right, with his siblings and Prince William, Kate Middleton in April 2020)

Happy Birthday Prince George! Stunning new images taken by Kate Middleton are released


With his cheeky smile and toothy grin, he’s the spitting image of his uncle, James Middleton, don’t you think?

Two new photographs of the future king, Prince George, released by Kensington Palace today to mark his seventh birthday, show that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son is growing up all too fast.

The new commemorative portraits were, as usual, taken by keen amateur snapper Kate Middleton, 38, earlier this month in between home schooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.  

Meanwhile Prince William and Kate planned a 7th birthday party for him at home earlier today with family and friends within their ‘family bubble.’ 

Prince George, who is celebrating his seventh birthday tomorrow, showcases a toothy grin and windswept blonde locks in his new birthday photographs, which were snapped by Kate Middleton, 38, at Anmer Hall earlier this month  

Gone are his chubby cheeks and the frilled Peter Pan-collar shirts that Kate so loved to dress him in as a toddler and beyond.

Instead we see a proper little boy, tousled blonde hair swept to one side and a toothy grin on his face, wearing a cool camouflage green t-shirt.

In another he wearing a favourite £8 olive green polo shirt from Mango and shorts, his arms and cheeks tanned by the summer sun.

Young George looks eerily like his uncle James, whom he adores, although hasn’t been able to see much this year due to lockdown.

And like James, 33, he is a sporty, outdoors type (his grandfather, Prince Charles, is particularly proud that his eldest grandson has inherited his love of the countryside). 

The lockdown period has been bliss for George and his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis, as they have been able to spent so much time outside in the fresh air at the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

That’s where the pictures were taken earlier this month by his doting mother, Kate, a keen amateur photographer who always seems to get the best out of her children.

She and her husband, Prince William, have been doing their best to home school the three youngsters, although they admit its been tough at times.

In another image, the heir-to-the-throne can be seen beaming at his mother the Duchess of Cambridge behind the camera as she snaps a shot

In another image, the heir-to-the-throne can be seen beaming at his mother the Duchess of Cambridge behind the camera as she snaps a shot 

George, apparently has been very jealous of Charlotte’s homework from their school, Thomas’s Battersea, which is much more fun and less challenging than his.

‘George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects,’ Kate recently disclosed. ‘Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!’ 

Kate and William have done their best to shelter George from the future that awaits him, gently introducing him to the idea that his might be slightly more mapped out than his classmates.

‘It’s a delicate balance but they want to protect him as much as they can,’ said a friend. ‘As a result he’s turning out to be a really happy, well-adjusted little boy.’  

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share two new photographs of Prince George ahead of his seventh birthday tomorrow.

Prince George bears remarkably resemblance to Kate's brother James Middleton, 33, who also sported short fair locks and large brown eyes as a youngster (pictured, as a child)

Prince George bears remarkably resemblance to Kate’s brother James Middleton, 33, who also sported short fair locks and large brown eyes as a youngster (pictured, as a child) 

‘The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess.’

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.

He made his public debut in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his proud parents’ arms.

A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, he follows the reigns of his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and then his father, William.

In public George can sometimes come across as a serious little boy, who has already developed a clear wariness of the cameras that are part and parcel of his royal life.

But friends say that while he is definitely more cautious and sensitive in nature than his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, five, the little prince is actually a bundle of fun.

Pictured, Prince William when he was George's age, with brother Harry and mother Diana

Pictured, Kate Middleton when she was George's age

Pictured, left, Prince William when he was George’s age, with brother Harry and mother Diana. Right, Kate Middleton when she was a child

Prince George’s godmother Julia Samuels recently revealed that she buys the ‘feisty and cheeky’ royal ‘impossible’ noisy toys which take Prince William ‘days to put together’ in a running joke inspired by Princess Diana.

The psychotherapist, 60, London, became close to Lady Diana after meeting her at a dinner party in 1987, and is godmother to Prince George, who turns seven this month.

Speaking on the How to Fail with Elizabeth Day podcast, she revealed: ‘He is amazing. He’s funny and feisty and cheeky and God she [Diana] would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them.’

She added that she follows in the footsteps of the Princess, who was godmother to her own son, revealing: ‘So I do to George what she did to us which is give impossible toys which are really noisy, take a lot of making.’ 

Apparently he has settled down well at Thomas’s Battersea, where he was joined by Charlotte in September last year.

However for the last few months during the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke, 38, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, have been home-schooling Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall. 

William and Kate were familiar figures at the school gate before the pandemic and threw themselves into school life, helping out at coffee mornings and cheering their son on from the sidelines at sports day.

The couple were deeply touched by the sensitive way in which the school staff have handled his arrival, particularly with the other children and parents.

In April, the entire family helped out with a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff, who have been preparing and delivering meals for pensioners and the vulnerable in the area during the lockdown.

This time the Cambridges, all keen cooks, rustled up some home-made pasta which they separated into 12 large bags and tied up with raffia to add to the food parcels. Sources said all the children – even little Louis, two – were involved.

The following day, the family then helped to load bags of fresh produce into a van from the Sandringham Visitors’ Centre ready for delivery.

Sources say William, Kate, Charlotte and George spent two and a half hours driving around the area delivering food to those in need. 

Happy birthday, George! Celebrating the prince’s first seven years with glorious photos

When George was born, Kate Middleton followed in Princess Diana's footsteps and stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary hospital for the first time - which she has continued to do for the birth of all her children. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George on 23 July 2013

When George was born, Kate Middleton followed in Princess Diana’s footsteps and stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary hospital for the first time – which she has continued to do for the birth of all her children. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George on 23 July 2013

Donning striped dungarees, was pictured walking across stones in a photograph released for his first birthday in 2014

His royal cuteness! One-year-old Prince George was all smiles as he played with a toy at Wellington House, in New Zealand during a play group at Government House on April 9, 2014

Striped delight! Prince George photographed walking about in official pictures released back in 2014 to mark the young royal’s first birthday (left). He is pictured a few months earlier at a play group at Government House, New Zealand

Prince George - the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - donned a baby blue ensemble as he was pictured in his father Prince William's arms during his second Trooping the Colour, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on 13 June 2015

Prince George – the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – donned a baby blue ensemble as he was pictured in his father Prince William’s arms during his second Trooping the Colour, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on 13 June 2015

King of the hill! Prince George, aged two, photographed taking a tumble at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015

King of the hill! Prince George, aged two, photographed taking a tumble at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015

Cautious mother Kate would make sure to cover her son's ears with noise canceling headphones to protect his hearing when out in a particularly loud environment. Pictured, Price George on his first birthday

Cautious mother Kate would make sure to cover her son’s ears with noise canceling headphones to protect his hearing when out in a particularly loud environment. Pictured, Price George on his first birthday

During the Canada Tour of 2016, George, then three, enjoyed some downtime and was pictured smiling as he played with some bubbles at a children's tea party at Government House in Victoria on September 29, 2016

During the Canada Tour of 2016, George, then three, enjoyed some downtime and was pictured smiling as he played with some bubbles at a children’s tea party at Government House in Victoria on September 29, 2016

A royal wave! George has grown to be more serious in front of the press but in 2016, aged three, he graced the media with a cute wave. Pictured, leaving from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016

A royal wave! George has grown to be more serious in front of the press but in 2016, aged three, he graced the media with a cute wave. Pictured, leaving from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016

Merry Christmas! George held onto his father's hand on Christmas morning 2016, while his sister Charlotte, then one and half, was carried in her mother's arms. Pictured at Englefield on December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! George held onto his father’s hand on Christmas morning 2016, while his sister Charlotte, then one and half, was carried in her mother’s arms. Pictured at Englefield on December 25, 2016

Run, George, run! As an active young boy, the prince is often photographed playing around and running just like he did at  the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 (pictured)

Run, George, run! As an active young boy, the prince is often photographed playing around and running just like he did at  the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 (pictured) 

Prince George and Charlotte could be seen holding their father's hand at Prince Louis' christening on July 9, 2018

All smiles! Prince George also showed off his gap-toothed grin in his official portrait for his fifth birthday

The Cambridge’s oldest children George and Charlotte were on their best behaviour when attending the christening of their younger brother Prince Louis, at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on 9 July 2018 (left)

George put on a serious display when he attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

George put on a serious display when he attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

George the joker! The young Prince was pictured playing tricks behind Mia Grace Tindall at St George Chapel, in Windsor, on the day of Princess Eugenie's wedding on October 12 2018

George the joker! The young Prince was pictured playing tricks behind Mia Grace Tindall at St George Chapel, in Windsor, on the day of Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12 2018 

Cheeky page boy! The birthday boy couldn't contain his excitement during Princess Eugenie's wedding in Windsor on 12 October 2018 - and was pictured with his hand over his mouth in shock

Cheeky page boy! The birthday boy couldn’t contain his excitement during Princess Eugenie’s wedding in Windsor on 12 October 2018 – and was pictured with his hand over his mouth in shock

In the official Christmas card from the Cambridge family for Christmas 2018, George showed off his playful side next to a more demure Charlotte and a happy baby Louis

In the official Christmas card from the Cambridge family for Christmas 2018, George showed off his playful side next to a more demure Charlotte and a happy baby Louis 

Prince George helped his father William with the fire at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May 2019

Six year old George dips his toes in the water with sister Charlotte, four, ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, while Prince William plays with youngest son Louis in the background

Fire hazard! Prince George helped his father mind a fire in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May 2019 (left), before being joined by his sister, Princess Charlotte, four (right)

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, four, playing together as they attended the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, four, playing together as they attended the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham

Hanging out in the boot of the car: George and Charlotte were spotted playing together all day

Later on, the siblings engaged in a game of football, while Prince Louis run around in the background

Prince George was captured playing with his two siblings Princess Charlotte and brother Louis during the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham on July 10 2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly before they left for Thomas's Battersea for her first day at the school in September 2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly before they left for Thomas’s Battersea for her first day at the school in September 2019 

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in March 2020)

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured, with his siblings and Prince William, Kate Middleton in April 2020

Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured left, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in March 2020, and right, with his siblings and Prince William, Kate Middleton in April 2020)

Kate Middleton was ‘shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’


Kate Middleton was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’ on Zoom calls, a royal expert has revealed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38,  and Prince William, 38, have spent lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The royals started conducting engagements online and sharing video messages in April, with royal expert Omid Scobie saying the Duchess was initially a little unsure of the virtual practice.

He told the Heirpod podcast that Kate had become ‘quite a pro at Zoom’, explaining: ‘What started out as, perhaps, a little bit of shyness on these calls, she’s really come into her own.’  

Kate Middleton, 38, was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’, royal expert Omid Scobie has revealed (pictured, the Duchess during a call with London school children on Friday)

Discussing her latest virtual visit to discuss tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London, Omid added: ‘It always helps when she is doing an engagement with children.’ 

Prince William and Kate have since been at the forefront of the Royal Family’s response to the global crisis. 

They have continued to operate behind closed doors, conducting virtual engagements via video call, while homeschooling their three children.

And with lockdown restrictions easing, the duo have slowly returned to public engagements – with Kate taking a trip to family-run Fakenham Garden Centre mid-June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown) 

She helped to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk – one of the three East Anglia Children’s Hospices – a week later. 

Most recently, the pair visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5 in Norfolk.

The comments come days after royal commentator Duncan Larcombe suggested Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior royals may give Prince William and Kate ‘space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.’ 

Speaking to True Royalty Tv, Duncan said: ‘Despite all the noise around Harry and Meghan, the reality is William and Kate have got a pretty important job to do.

‘This is giving them space, and to some extent the Prince Andrew ongoing Epstein saga, it is giving William and Kate the space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.

‘And I think at the moment, they are doing very well.’

On Friday, the Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to introduce the tennis player. 

Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained.  

The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call 

Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy. 

The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’

‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.

‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.’ 

Kate Middleton was ‘shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’


Kate Middleton was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’ on Zoom calls, a royal expert has revealed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38,  and Prince William, 38, have spent lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The royals started conducting engagements online and sharing video messages in April, with royal expert Omid Scobie saying the Duchess was initially a little unsure of the virtual practice.

He told the Heirpod podcast that Kate had become ‘quite a pro at Zoom’, explaining: ‘What started out as, perhaps, a little bit of shyness on these calls, she’s really come into her own.’  

Kate Middleton, 38, was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’, royal expert Omid Scobie has revealed (pictured, the Duchess during a call with London school children on Friday)

Discussing her latest virtual visit to discuss tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London, Omid added: ‘It always helps when she is doing an engagement with children.’ 

Prince William and Kate have since been at the forefront of the Royal Family’s response to the global crisis. 

They have continued to operate behind closed doors, conducting virtual engagements via video call, while homeschooling their three children.

And with lockdown restrictions easing, the duo have slowly returned to public engagements – with Kate taking a trip to family-run Fakenham Garden Centre mid-June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown) 

She helped to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk – one of the three East Anglia Children’s Hospices – a week later. 

Most recently, the pair visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5 in Norfolk.

The comments come days after royal commentator Duncan Larcombe suggested Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior royals may give Prince William and Kate ‘space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.’ 

Speaking to True Royalty Tv, Duncan said: ‘Despite all the noise around Harry and Meghan, the reality is William and Kate have got a pretty important job to do.

The royal expert said the Duchess had become 'quite the pro' at Zoom calls, days after she joined Sir Andy Murray, 33, to speak with children from London. Pictured, Kate on the video call

The royal expert said the Duchess had become ‘quite the pro’ at Zoom calls, days after she joined Sir Andy Murray, 33, to speak with children from London. Pictured, Kate on the video call 

‘This is giving them space, and to some extent the Prince Andrew ongoing Epstein saga, it is giving William and Kate the space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.

‘And I think at the moment, they are doing very well.’

On Friday, the Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to introduce the tennis player. 

Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained.  

The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call 

Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy. 

The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’

‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.

‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.’ 

Kate Middleton and Sir Andy Murray join forces for a video call with children to mark Wimbledon end


Duchess of Cambridge joined Sir Andy Murray for a video call with schoolchildren to mark what would have been Wimbledon finals weekend.

Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London.

Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained. 

Kate has previously spoken of how she and Prince William have spent a lot of time outside in the garden at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.  

Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London. Pictured, Kate on the video call 

Sir Andy, pictured on the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling 'difficult' and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities

Sir Andy, pictured on the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities 

The Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line.

Asking the children to guess the visitor, Kate said: ‘I’ve got a very important person here that’s going to come and join us, that would love to meet you guys and might be able to share some tennis tips as well with you.

‘I’ll give you a few clues and see if you can guess who this special guest might be.

‘So he … is a he. He plays tennis for Great Britain. He’s a two-time Olympic champion. He’s a former World Number One… Can you possibly guess who this might be?’

One boy piped up ‘Andy Murray’, followed by a round of applause as the former Wimbledon champion appeared on the screen.

Sir Andy, who would usually have been playing at Wimbledon this week, went on to answer questions from budding tennis players, disclosing he was missing big matches, friends and family, but passing the time with home schooling and a new hobby of road cycling.

The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call 

Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy.

‘We’re doing the home schooling which is difficult. It was difficult but at times I really enjoyed it as well,’ he said.

He did not play tennis for around ten weeks, he said, instead staying in shape with cycling.

‘I was going out on my road bike which was something I’ve never done before, so that’s something kind of new that I learned I enjoy during lockdown,’ he added. ‘It’s quite important in these times to stay as active as you can because it good for the mind as well.’

The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’

The youngsters and coaches asked why he picked tennis as a career, whether he remembered his first tennis match and comebacks from difficult times, with Sir Andy speaking of the importance of having good family and friends around him to help ‘moving forward and working hard through setbacks’.

‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.

‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.

‘If you’re competing or playing any matches, try really hard in them.

‘But winning and losing isn’t the most important thing. Enjoying playing a sport and being active is the most important thing.

‘If you do go on to choose it as your career obviously the winning and losing changes a bit.’

Asking the children about their other favourite sports, the Duchess and Sir Andy laughed as they animatedly shared their favourite football teams of Chelsea and Tottenham.

‘Ooo big rivalries there,’ said the tennis ace.

Before she said goodbye, the Duchess asked Sir Andy whether he had been missing matches.

He said: ‘I think missing the big competitions, because I’m getting old for a tennis player – you never know how many opportunities you’re going to have left to play the biggest competitions. So missing Wimbledon this week is obviously a shame.

‘I’ve missed the travelling…missing seeing friends like everyone else. Family, I’ve not seen my mum and dad for a few months so i’m looking forward to seeing them again hopefully very soon.

‘There’s been some challenges but I guess sometimes when you go through difficult moments like this you learn to appreciate the things you maybe took for granted sometimes?

‘I’ll definitely make sure I spend more time with my family and friends when I get the opportunity.’

‘Exactly,’ the Duchess replied. ‘And hopefully that time is relatively near as well.’

The Duchess, sitting by a picturesque window at her home in Norfolk, made the ‘royal visit’ in her role as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), speaking to students from Bond Primary School in Mitcham ahead of what would have been the final weekend of The Championships, Wimbledon.

She has previously visited the school in January 2018 to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative, the AELTC’s community tennis programme, which sees coaches deliver free tennis sessions to school children in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.

Appearing at the end of the children’s tennis lesson with AELTC Head Coach Dan Bloxham, the Duchess asked them about their time in lockdown and whether they have missed their friends, hearing about their new school regime of social bubbles.

One instructor said the children had been ‘on fire’ in training that day, with the Duchess asking ‘What sort of things have you been learning?’

Shown one of the drills, which involved young players running quickly on the spot, she said: ‘Fantastic! That’s very important for your footwork isn’t it?’

Speaking slowly so she could be heard over a short time delay, she asked: ‘Have you all missed doing lots of physical exercise and things during lockdown? What sort of things have you been able to do?’

She went on to empathise: ‘It’s really hard isn’t it, to keep that self-motivation going. It’s very impressive you’ve kept that training going.’

Hearing about the best bits of watching Wimbledon, she added: ‘They [players] show great sportsmanship as well. I think tennis is brilliant for that, especially Wimbledon.’

This year’s Wimbledon Fortnight has not gone ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AELTC has instead run ‘Wimbledon Recreated’, a campaign to promote Wimbledon, tennis, and sport through coverage of archive matches.

In addition to £1.2m in donations from the Wimbledon Foundation to local and national charities, the AELTC is also delivering hot meals to the local community, distributing strawberries to local hospitals, providing towels to the homeless through the charity Crisis, and tennis balls to clubs across the country through the LTA.

Kate Middleton and Sir Andy Murray join forces for a video call with children to mark Wimbledon end


Duchess of Cambridge joined Sir Andy Murray for a video call with schoolchildren to mark what would have been Wimbledon finals weekend.

Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London.

Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained. 

Kate has previously spoken of how she and Prince William have spent a lot of time outside in the garden at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.  

Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London. Pictured, Kate on the video call 

Sir Andy, pictured on the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling 'difficult' and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities

Sir Andy, pictured on the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities 

The Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line.

Asking the children to guess the visitor, Kate said: ‘I’ve got a very important person here that’s going to come and join us, that would love to meet you guys and might be able to share some tennis tips as well with you.

‘I’ll give you a few clues and see if you can guess who this special guest might be.

‘So he … is a he. He plays tennis for Great Britain. He’s a two-time Olympic champion. He’s a former World Number One… Can you possibly guess who this might be?’

One boy piped up ‘Andy Murray’, followed by a round of applause as the former Wimbledon champion appeared on the screen.

Sir Andy, who would usually have been playing at Wimbledon this week, went on to answer questions from budding tennis players, disclosing he was missing big matches, friends and family, but passing the time with home schooling and a new hobby of road cycling.

The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call 

Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy.

‘We’re doing the home schooling which is difficult. It was difficult but at times I really enjoyed it as well,’ he said.

He did not play tennis for around ten weeks, he said, instead staying in shape with cycling.

‘I was going out on my road bike which was something I’ve never done before, so that’s something kind of new that I learned I enjoy during lockdown,’ he added. ‘It’s quite important in these times to stay as active as you can because it good for the mind as well.’

The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’

The youngsters and coaches asked why he picked tennis as a career, whether he remembered his first tennis match and comebacks from difficult times, with Sir Andy speaking of the importance of having good family and friends around him to help ‘moving forward and working hard through setbacks’.

‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.

‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.

‘If you’re competing or playing any matches, try really hard in them.

‘But winning and losing isn’t the most important thing. Enjoying playing a sport and being active is the most important thing.

‘If you do go on to choose it as your career obviously the winning and losing changes a bit.’

Asking the children about their other favourite sports, the Duchess and Sir Andy laughed as they animatedly shared their favourite football teams of Chelsea and Tottenham.

‘Ooo big rivalries there,’ said the tennis ace.

Before she said goodbye, the Duchess asked Sir Andy whether he had been missing matches.

He said: ‘I think missing the big competitions, because I’m getting old for a tennis player – you never know how many opportunities you’re going to have left to play the biggest competitions. So missing Wimbledon this week is obviously a shame.

‘I’ve missed the travelling…missing seeing friends like everyone else. Family, I’ve not seen my mum and dad for a few months so i’m looking forward to seeing them again hopefully very soon.

‘There’s been some challenges but I guess sometimes when you go through difficult moments like this you learn to appreciate the things you maybe took for granted sometimes?

‘I’ll definitely make sure I spend more time with my family and friends when I get the opportunity.’

‘Exactly,’ the Duchess replied. ‘And hopefully that time is relatively near as well.’

The Duchess, sitting by a picturesque window at her home in Norfolk, made the ‘royal visit’ in her role as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), speaking to students from Bond Primary School in Mitcham ahead of what would have been the final weekend of The Championships, Wimbledon.

She has previously visited the school in January 2018 to see the work of the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative, the AELTC’s community tennis programme, which sees coaches deliver free tennis sessions to school children in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.

Appearing at the end of the children’s tennis lesson with AELTC Head Coach Dan Bloxham, the Duchess asked them about their time in lockdown and whether they have missed their friends, hearing about their new school regime of social bubbles.

One instructor said the children had been ‘on fire’ in training that day, with the Duchess asking ‘What sort of things have you been learning?’

Shown one of the drills, which involved young players running quickly on the spot, she said: ‘Fantastic! That’s very important for your footwork isn’t it?’

Speaking slowly so she could be heard over a short time delay, she asked: ‘Have you all missed doing lots of physical exercise and things during lockdown? What sort of things have you been able to do?’

She went on to empathise: ‘It’s really hard isn’t it, to keep that self-motivation going. It’s very impressive you’ve kept that training going.’

Hearing about the best bits of watching Wimbledon, she added: ‘They [players] show great sportsmanship as well. I think tennis is brilliant for that, especially Wimbledon.’

This year’s Wimbledon Fortnight has not gone ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AELTC has instead run ‘Wimbledon Recreated’, a campaign to promote Wimbledon, tennis, and sport through coverage of archive matches.

In addition to £1.2m in donations from the Wimbledon Foundation to local and national charities, the AELTC is also delivering hot meals to the local community, distributing strawberries to local hospitals, providing towels to the homeless through the charity Crisis, and tennis balls to clubs across the country through the LTA.

Kate Middleton has shown ‘more relaxed and accessible side’ in lockdown’


Kate Middleton has revealed a ‘more relaxed side’ during lockdown which has ‘fast-tracked’ her position in The Firm to ‘leader in her own right’, body language expert claims

  • Body language expert analysed Kate Middleton’s, 38, lockdown appearancese  
  • Judi James said royal has revealed a ‘more relaxed side’ on recent engagements 
  • Revealed she has ‘dropped more formal skills’ and ‘hidden strengths’ emerged
  • Explained her ‘active listening skills’ had ‘notched up’ and she ‘bridges gap’s with facial expressions and gesticulations
  • Added mother-of-three has become the ‘star of the royal video and roadshow’   

Kate Middleton has shown a ‘more relaxed and accessible side’ during the coronavirus lockdown by ‘connecting with people while distancing’, a body language expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has spent lockdown with Prince William, 38, at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, alongside their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

Speaking to the Express, Judi James said the royal has ‘dropped more formal skills’ and ‘hidden strengths’ have emerged, revealing Kate’s ‘active listening skills’ had ‘notched up’ and she’s been able to ‘bridge gaps with facial expressions and gesticulations.’

She added: ‘Kate’s lockdown might just have fast-tracked a very important stage in her royal role, from William’s wife to a future queen and sole operator in her own right.’  

Kate Middleton, 38, has ‘dropped more formal skills’ and is showing a ‘more relaxed and accessible side’ during the coronavirus lockdown, a body language expert has claimed (pictured, the Duchess during a visit to a children’s hospice in  Framlingham Earl, Norfolk last month) 

The body language expert explained that with touching banned Kate has managed to ‘bridge the gaps’ of social distancing and ‘managed to create a sense of intimacy’.

‘It’s given Kate the perfect motivation to drop some of her more formal skills and reveal a much more relaxed and accessible side and this has allowed some hidden strengths to emerge’ Judi explained.

She added that the Duchess appeared ‘to look at ease’ and it has allowed the royal to shine because she showing ‘more of her true self.’  

Judi said that while Kate has always had ‘impeccable’ body language, but her change in facial expressions and gesticulations have now made her ‘the star of the royal video and roadshow’.

The body language expert said that the royal, who has always had 'impeccable' body language, has dropped formalities over the last few months. (Kate is pictured with Prince William, Harry, and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day at Westminister Abbey in March 2019)

The body language expert said that the royal, who has always had ‘impeccable’ body language, has dropped formalities over the last few months. (Kate is pictured with Prince William, Harry, and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day at Westminister Abbey in March 2019)

Judi also commended Kate’s ‘active listening skills’, explaining how her eye contact and facial responses have made her and empathetic listener.     

These skills seem to have promoted Kate to the role of ‘leader’ without making her ‘remote of inaccessible’, she added.

She also praised Kate’s husband Prince William, revealing that his recent documentary on mental health in football has displayed ‘previously unseen skills as a camera performer’.

It comes as Kate was branded ‘incredibly open’ by the chief executive of one of her patronages.   

The Duchess visited East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (Each) The Nook last month for her second socially distanced royal appearance since lockdown restrictions eased in the UK. 

Judi explained how the Duchess' facial expressions and gesticulations are bridging the gap created by social distancing guidelines during royal engagements

Judi explained how the Duchess’ facial expressions and gesticulations are bridging the gap created by social distancing guidelines during royal engagements  

The organisation’s CEO, Tracey Rennie, has revealed how the Duchess was ‘quite keen to come and visit the hospice for some time’ and explained how staff were ‘blown away’ by the plants and flowers she brought to create a new garden at the hospice.

Tracey told the Heirpod podcast the royal’s visit had a real impact on families at the hospice, saying: ‘She has always been the same, she’s been incredibly friendly, incredibly open, caring.   

‘She is just at ease talking to a family with a child who has a really profound disability to a child with a brother and sister that might be running around, or even a newly bereaved family that is still coming to terms with a child dying.

‘She always has a really positive impact on the conversation that she has with families, and they will never forget that for the rest of their lives.

‘Without her realising, she creates really precious memories for families.’

Prince William and Kate Middleton face difficult school decisions


Prince William and Kate Middleton face difficult decision over sending ‘shy’ Prince George to boarding school and will not make a choice until their children’s personalities develop further, a royal expert has claimed. 

The Duke, 38, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, have been home-schooling Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. 

But Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, has revealed how Prince William and Kate are ‘very carefully’ weighing up decisions about the future of their children’s education.

She told Ok! magazine that the duo are ‘modern parents’, adding: ‘I think they’ll wait to see how the children’s personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home. Having experienced terrible trauma in his own childhood, William is very tuned in to his children’s mental health.’ 

Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, 38, may take Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte’s, five, different personalities into account when considering whether to send them to boarding school, Ingrid Seward told Ok! magazine 

She pointed out that the parents might be particularly aware of the children’s different personalities.

While Princess Charlotte ‘appears very confident’ and ‘would suit the boarding environment’, Ingrid commented that Prince George is ‘a shy little boy’, and compared him to his grandfather, Prince Charles, 71. 

But Ingrid also revealed that Kate may ‘feel more secure’ if Prince George goes to a boarding school where he can be ‘tucked away’ and ‘have more freedom’.

The expert said that the schooling may allow the heir to the throne to be ‘very protected from outside dangers.’ 

The expert said Prince William would be particularly conscious of his children's mental health, having suffered 'terrible trauma' during his own childhood (pictured, arriving for his first day at Ludgrove Prep school, where he boarded, in 1990)

The expert said Prince William would be particularly conscious of his children’s mental health, having suffered ‘terrible trauma’ during his own childhood (pictured, arriving for his first day at Ludgrove Prep school, where he boarded, in 1990) 

The royal expert went on to say that the public has become ‘used to’ royals break away from tradition, so it wouldn’t be a big shock if the Duke and Duchess did decide to keep their children in day school. 

Prince William was just eight years old when he became a full-time boarder at Ludgrove School in Berkshire, where he appeared to thrive.

Kate also attended boarding schools, including Downe House, a girls’ boarding school in Berkshire, which she left after two terms for Marlborough College.

But while both of Prince George’s parents thrived at school, Prince Charles attended Cheam School in Hampshire and then Gordonstoun in Scotland, later calling the  experience ‘disastrous’.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been home-schooling their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, two, during the coronavirus pandemic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been home-schooling their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, two, during the coronavirus pandemic 

Prince George is currently a pupil at Thomas’s Battersea, a £6,158-a-term co-educational school in south-west London, where he can stay for another seven years. Both Marlborough and £13,556-a-term Eton take full-time boarders from the age of 13. 

Friends previously said the couple are deliberating a ‘less traditional’ educational route for the future king than previous heirs. 

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte also attends Thomas’s Battersea, But while Thomas’ Battersea has resumed its classes for five-year-old Princess Charlotte’s reception year group, it is unlikely she will attend without her older brother, according to royal biographer Katie Nicholl. 

Six-year-old Prince George’s Year 2 class remains closed in the phased reopening of the primary school.

Both Kate and Prince William attended boarding schools during their youth (pictured, bottom left, the Duchess in an undated photograph by St Andrew's School)

Both Kate and Prince William attended boarding schools during their youth (pictured, bottom left, the Duchess in an undated photograph by St Andrew’s School) 

Speaking to 9Honey, Katie said: ‘If they’re based at Anmer Hall, it would be very logistically challenging to send Charlotte back and keep George and Louis at home.

‘It would mean moving back to London for the sake of sending one child back to school and possibly, logistically with everything else they’re juggling in terms of official duties, it might just be too challenging and that may be why they decided not to do it.’

Katie added, however, that she believes the children could resume their studies at school in the near future.

‘I think it’s likely if George’s year does go back, even if it’s just for a short while before the end of term, then I think it’s probably likely they will want him and Charlotte to go back,’ she explained, pointing out that both children will be moving into a new year group in September.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George currently attend Thomas's Battersea in London (pictured, arriving for Charlotte's first day in September)

Princess Charlotte and Prince George currently attend Thomas’s Battersea in London (pictured, arriving for Charlotte’s first day in September) 

‘If nothing else it will be an opportunity to say hello and goodbye to their friends,’ she added.

Thomas’s concludes its summer term on Friday July 3, with its summer extension coming to an end on July 17. Michaelmas term begins on September 7.

Katie said she doesn’t believe Prince William, 37, and Kate, 38, will make a ‘big deal’ of taking their children back to school as doing so would be ‘too disruptive’ amid the pandemic.

She said if they do return, she imagines it will be kept ‘pretty low key’ and done ‘quietly and below the radar’.