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. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William release unseen photo of Prince Louis to thank royal fans

Say cheese! Kate Middleton and Prince William release unseen photo of Prince Louis to thank royal fans for their well-wishes on his second birthday

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released an unseen photo of Prince Louis
  • Shared the snap to thank royal fans for their well-wishes on his second birthday 
  • Photo, taken by Kate Middleton, shows Louis grinning at the camera
  • It was taken at the same time as photos released to mark the occasion in April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an unseen photo of their youngest son, Prince Louis. 

The snap, taken by Kate Middleton at the family home of Anmer Hall, Norfolk, was sent to royal fans to thank them for their well-wishes on the prince’s second birthday in April.

The image was shared on Instagram over the weekend by royal fan account @katsroyalletters, which is based in Germany. 

The snap, taken by Kate Middleton at the family home of Anmer Hall, Norfolk, was sent to royal fans to thank them for their well-wishes on the prince’s second birthday in April

It was printed on the back of a short thank you note from Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 38, pictured. This image was shared by German-based fan account @katsroyalletters

It was printed on the back of a short thank you note from Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 38, pictured. This image was shared by German-based fan account @katsroyalletters

It was printed on the back of a short thank you note from Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 38, which reads: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appreciated your kind thought in writing to Prince Louis as you did on the occasion of his second birthday. 

‘This was greatly appreciated by Their Royal Highnesses who send you their best wishes.’ 

The photo shows Louis, dressed in a £12 blue checked shirt from Sainsbury’s, beaming for the camera as he stands against a wall at Anmer Hall, the Cambridges’ Norfolk home. 

It was taken at the same time as six other images that were released by the Cambridges to mark their youngest son’s birthday. 

The photo was taken at the same time as six other images that were released by the Cambridges to mark their youngest son's birthday. Pictured, one of the previous images

The photo was taken at the same time as six other images that were released by the Cambridges to mark their youngest son’s birthday. Pictured, one of the previous images

The young prince raised his rainbow coloured hands to his face, that were carefully painted on him by his mother Kate

The young prince raised his rainbow coloured hands to his face, that were carefully painted on him by his mother Kate

The prince, two, looked thrilled to be getting his hands dirty during the arts and crafts session

The prince, two, looked thrilled to be getting his hands dirty during the arts and crafts session 

The snaps showed Louis with his hands covered in paint as he took part in a rainbow arts and crafts session in honour of the NHS.  

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week whisked their children George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis off for a staycation on the Isles of Scilly. 

The family were spotted ‘enjoying the weather’ and stopping to greet their fellow holidaymakers as they cycled across Tresco last Thursday. 

William is no stranger to the beauty spot, having visited the same island with his brother Harry and parents Charles and Diana as a child in June 1989.

He also visited the island with Kate in 2016, with images showing the pair boarding a boat to St Martins after visiting the Tresco Abbey Garden. 

The photo released today looks similar to this one released in April to mark the birthday

The photo released today looks similar to this one released in April to mark the birthday 

Meghan Markle did NOT make Kate Middleton cry at bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte


Meghan Markle did NOT make Kate Middleton cry at ‘stressful’ bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte before Royal wedding

  •  Sources have slammed ‘ridiculous and false’ stories that Kate Middleton cried
  •  Explosive biography Finding Freedom says duchesses were ‘stressed’ at fitting
  •  But one confidante who was there confirmed ‘there were no tears from anyone’ 
  •  New book from Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is published next month

Rumours that Meghan Markle left Kate Middleton in tears following a bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte have been slammed as ‘ridiculous and false’ by those close to her, an explosive new biography claims.

Just months after the May 2018 royal wedding, stories circulated that Meghan had reduced Kate to tears with her ‘strict demands’, with the Duchess of Cambridge also said to be ‘feeling quite emotional’, having just given birth to Prince Louis. 

But Finding Freedom, the hotly-anticipated book lifting the lid on the Sussexes’ exit from The Firm, suggests that while Meghan and Kate were ‘a little stressed’, there were no tears at the fitting, according to an excerpt published in The Sunday Times.

Months after the royal wedding in May 2018, stories swirled that Meghan Markle had reduced Kate Middleton to tears during a bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte

But according to the authors of new biography, Finding Freedom, there were no tears at all

But according to the authors of new biography, Finding Freedom, there were no tears at all

A source, who was present at the fitting, said:  ‘Some of the children weren’t cooperating, and there was a lot going on. 

‘Everyone tried to help where they could, but it’s never easy with kids at fittings. There were no tears from anyone.’

The newspaper also reported that several aides confirmed there was no fitting that left the Duchess of Cambridge in tears. 

Finding Freedom, which is published next month, is said to provide an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’. 

A new book contains revelations about Meghan and Harry, including their wedding in 2018

A new book contains revelations about Meghan and Harry, including their wedding in 2018

Harry and Meghan have denied giving interviews, while palace sources fear the rift between the Sussexes and the Cambridges could worsen.

The biography is written by journalists Scobie and Durand, who are fans of the couple and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures.

A spokesman said that the couple ‘were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom’, adding: ‘The book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’

Among the revelations featured in the book are that the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ that Kate never reached out to her and that they had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’, while palace insiders reportedly referred to Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl’, who came with a ‘lot of baggage’.

Meghan Markle did NOT make Kate Middleton cry at bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte


Meghan Markle did NOT make Kate Middleton cry at ‘stressful’ bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte before Royal wedding

  •  Sources have slammed ‘ridiculous and false’ stories that Kate Middleton cried
  •  Explosive biography Finding Freedom says duchesses were ‘stressed’ at fitting
  •  But one confidante who was there confirmed ‘there were no tears from anyone’ 
  •  New book from Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is published next month

Rumours that Meghan Markle left Kate Middleton in tears following a bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte have been slammed as ‘ridiculous and false’ by those close to her, an explosive new biography claims.

Just months after the May 2018 royal wedding, stories circulated that Meghan had reduced Kate to tears with her ‘strict demands’, with the Duchess of Cambridge also said to be ‘feeling quite emotional’, having just given birth to Prince Louis. 

But Finding Freedom, the hotly-anticipated book lifting the lid on the Sussexes’ exit from The Firm, suggests that while Meghan and Kate were ‘a little stressed’, there were no tears at the fitting, according to an excerpt published in The Sunday Times.

Months after the royal wedding in May 2018, stories swirled that Meghan Markle had reduced Kate Middleton to tears during a bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte

But according to the authors of new biography, Finding Freedom, there were no tears at all

But according to the authors of new biography, Finding Freedom, there were no tears at all

A source, who was present at the fitting, said:  ‘Some of the children weren’t cooperating, and there was a lot going on. 

‘Everyone tried to help where they could, but it’s never easy with kids at fittings. There were no tears from anyone.’

The newspaper also reported that several aides confirmed there was no fitting that left the Duchess of Cambridge in tears. 

Finding Freedom, which is published next month, is said to provide an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’. 

A new book contains revelations about Meghan and Harry, including their wedding in 2018

A new book contains revelations about Meghan and Harry, including their wedding in 2018

Harry and Meghan have denied giving interviews, while palace sources fear the rift between the Sussexes and the Cambridges could worsen.

The biography is written by journalists Scobie and Durand, who are fans of the couple and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures.

A spokesman said that the couple ‘were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom’, adding: ‘The book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’

Among the revelations featured in the book are that the Duchess of Sussex was ‘disappointed’ that Kate never reached out to her and that they had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’, while palace insiders reportedly referred to Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl’, who came with a ‘lot of baggage’.

‘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) 

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.’