Designers Rosie van Cutsem and sister Lucia Ruck Keene reveal lockdown in Norfolk

Designers Rosie van Cutsem has revealed how the smart Norfolk set have been enjoying G&T sundowners and online yoga with the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter during lockdown.  

Rosie, 38, is among the darlings of the royal set who lives just a stone’s throw from Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton’s, 38, lockdown pad of Anmer Hall. 

She told Tatler how she and her sister Lucia, 34, have been enjoying ‘wonderful’ evenings drinking G&T sundowners, taking part in online yoga classes with the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter Zoe Warren and running through fields. 

For the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, north Norfolk’s very remoteness is part of its appeal, along with its golden beaches, posh pubs and landed squires known as the Turnip Toffs. 

We take a look at the women who make up Kate’s very glossy lockdown posse.

Designers Rosie van Cutsem, 38, and her sister Lucia Ruck Keene, 34, have revealed how they’ve been ‘loving’ spending G&T sundowners and running in the countryside during lockdown in Norfolk 

Rosie revealed that Zoe Warren, who is the mother of Prince Harry's goddaughter, has been running online yoga sessions during the pandemic  (pictured at Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018)

Rosie revealed that Zoe Warren, who is the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter, has been running online yoga sessions during the pandemic  (pictured at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018) 

Other members of Kate's exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte's godmothers  (pictured at the royal's christening in 2015)

Other members of Kate's exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte's godmothers and Lady Laura Meade (pictured)

Other members of Kate’s exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte’s godmothers  (pictured left at the royal’s christening in 2015)  and Lady Laura Meade (pictured right)

Rosie van Cutsem

Prince George’s godfather William van Cutsem is the youngest of the four lofty, handsome sons of Prince Charles’s late Cambridge University friend, Hugh. 

William van Cutsem grew up at Anmer Hall before Hugh moved to 4,000-acre Hilborough nearby and built a neo-Palladian house. It has a magnificent wild game shoot.

Prince William and William remain close to one another and have acknowledged their friendship by making each other godparents to their children. 

William van Cutsem is godfather to Prince George; Nicholas van Cutsem is godfather to Prince Louis; Prince Harry is godfather to Nicholas van Cutsem’s daughter, Florence, who was a flower girl at the Sussexes’ wedding; and Prince William is godfather to Hugh and Rose’s daughter Grace. 

Meanwhile Rosie's husband William van Cutsem is a close childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge and is godfather to Prince George, six (pictured, at his christening)

Meanwhile Rosie’s husband William van Cutsem is a close childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge and is godfather to Prince George, six (pictured, at his christening)  

The Duchess of Cambridge is amoung the well-heeled clients who have been spotted in the sister's designers (pictured, wearing a coat from Troy London in 2019)

The Duchess of Cambridge is amoung the well-heeled clients who have been spotted in the sister’s designers (pictured, wearing a coat from Troy London in 2019) 

He married Rosie in 2013 after meeting at a shoot in Hilborough, and the couple now live just up the road from Anmer Hall.

The same year, Rosie launched an outdoorwear label Troy London with her sister Lucia, with the Duchess of Cambridge regularly wearing items from the brand.

 At the start of lockdown, the sisters decided to isolate together at Rosie’s home in Norfolk, which she shares with her husband William and their two sons.

Lucia left her flat in Ladbroke Grove and moved into the country, with the sisters admitting they were ‘loving’ spending the family time together.

The sisters, who set up their fashion label Troy in 2013, have revealed how they struggled to get the business of the ground because they remained dedicated to making their products in the UK

The sisters, who set up their fashion label Troy in 2013, have revealed how they struggled to get the business of the ground because they remained dedicated to making their products in the UK 

Lucia said it had been ‘wonderful’ to enjoy G&T sundowners around the firepit, and running through the fields close to their house.

Meanwhile Rosie admitted she’d been enjoying growing vegetables in the kitchen garden, with the duo revealing they’d found simple pleasure in weeding.         

Polly Coke 

Palladian whopper Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke of Holkham, the Earl and Countess of Leicester while to Kate and Prince William,  they’ll be known as Tom and Polly Coke — pronounced Cook. 

The couple have four children who are free to roam in Holkham’s 25,000 acres of park, farmland and nature reserve. 

Meanwhile fashionable milliner Polly Coke is a good friend of Kate's, and lives at the palatial Holkham Hall

Meanwhile fashionable milliner Polly Coke is a good friend of Kate’s, and lives at the palatial Holkham Hall 

Polly is a fashionable friend for Kate; she is a milliner by trade and her mother is a fashion designer who’s dressed royals — her cousin is retro designer Cath Kidston, who helped her set up shop. 

The Queen spends New Year’s Eve at Holkham, but the New Year’s Day picnic — bullshots (consomme laced with vodka) and roast pheasant — is the most sought after invitation.

The jewel of Holkham is its four-mile long beach, often voted the finest in the UK.

This sweep of golden sand — as seen at the end of the film Shakespeare In Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow staring forlornly out to sea — is perfect bucket-and-spade territory for Prince George. Though not the bit where the nudists like to sunbathe… 

What a whopper: Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke... and a four mile long beach

What a whopper: Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke… and a four mile long beach

Laura Fellowes  

The daughter of Diana’s sister Jane Fellowes, Laura is married to equity analyst Nick Pettman and they have two sons around the same age as Prince George, six. 

Her family live in west Norfolk, where her father Lord Fellowes is said to be the most charming dinner guest in the county. Laura was bridesmaid to Andrew and Fergie.

Lord Fellowes was the Queen’s Private Secretary; his father was the Queen’s land agent at Sandringham.

Laura’s nickname is Mavis and she writes award- winning fiction under the name Mave Fellowes. 

Meanwhile author Laura Fellowes, whose mother is Princess Diana¿s sister Jane is another member of the Norfolk set

Meanwhile author Laura Fellowes, whose mother is Princess Diana’s sister Jane is another member of the Norfolk set 

Davina Duckworth-Chad  

Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King’s Lynn. 

Davina’s mother was Diana’s cousin, her father’s a friend of Charles and her brother was a royal equerry.

She is married to Tom Barber, an Old Etonian son of a baronet, and they have twins, India and Sienna, eight.

A photograph of Davina was used to launch Country Life’s website and she became known as ‘the deb on the web.’

The stylish and elegant Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King¿s Lynn

 The stylish and elegant Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King’s Lynn 

Lady Laura Meade 

Lady Laura Meade is the wife of James Meade, one of Prince William’s closest friends from Eton, who was his best man and gave a speech at the royal wedding. 

She is daughter to Julian Marsham, 8th Earl of Romney, and married James in 2013, a wedding attended by William. 

Laura is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte.

The couple were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen. 

Lady Laura Meade (seen to the left of Kate with a hairband) is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte. The couple, who also live near the Cambridges' country retreat Amner Hall, were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen

Lady Laura Meade (seen to the left of Kate with a hairband) is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte. The couple, who also live near the Cambridges’ country retreat Amner Hall, were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen

Zoe Warren 

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana’s godchildren, and whose father is the Queen’s racing manager John Warren.

Their daughter Zalia was a bridesmaid at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and is one of Harry’s goddaughters. 

With their mutual interest of racing, the royal family and the Warrens are frequently spotted together at Ascot. 

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana's godchildren, and whose father is the Queen's racing manager John Warren (pictured, with Prince Philip)

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana’s godchildren, and whose father is the Queen’s racing manager John Warren (pictured, with Prince Philip) 

Hannah Carter 

Hannah and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams.

Kate’s sister Pippa was a couple of years below Kate at the same school and also played sports.

She is married to Robert Carter, whose family are wealthy Norfolk landowners.

Both William and Kate attended their wedding in 2012.

Hannah (seen with husband Robert at the wedding of William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene) and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams

Hannah (seen with husband Robert at the wedding of William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene) and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams

Her sister-in-law, Sophie Carter, is one of Charlotte’s godparents.

Sophie Carter 

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess’s side at various parties and events.

While in their younger days the girls used to party the nights away, they now mainly watch tennis (they play together and hang out at Wimbledon), though they were pictured cheering exuberantly at Cirque du Soleil for Kate’s 31st birthday.

The daughter of Norfolk construction tycoon Robert Carter, Sophie is also, helpfully, an expert in early years’ learning, having been a nursery and prep school teacher.

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess¿s side at various parties and events

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess’s side at various parties and events

The Durham University graduate has developed a phonics educational app, ‘Hip Hop Hen’, and also lives near the Cambridges’ Amner Hall retreat.

Sophie used to date Prince William’s pal, Thomas van Straubenzee, who is now engaged to marry Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, a teacher at Prince George’s school.

Sophie is one of Charlotte’s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015.

Sophie is another member of the set to be one of Princess Charlotte¿s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015

Sophie is another member of the set to be one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015

 

Designers Rosie van Cutsem and sister Lucia Ruck Keene reveal lockdown in Norfolk

Designers Rosie van Cutsem has revealed how the smart Norfolk set have been enjoying G&T sundowners and online yoga with the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter during lockdown.  

Rosie, 38, is among the darlings of the royal set who lives just a stone’s throw from Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton’s, 38, lockdown pad of Anmer Hall. 

She told Tatler how she and her sister Lucia, 34, have been enjoying ‘wonderful’ evenings drinking G&T sundowners, taking part in online yoga classes with the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter Zoe Warren and running through fields. 

For the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, north Norfolk’s very remoteness is part of its appeal, along with its golden beaches, posh pubs and landed squires known as the Turnip Toffs. 

We take a look at the women who make up Kate’s very glossy lockdown posse.

Designers Rosie van Cutsem, 38, and her sister Lucia Ruck Keene, 34, have revealed how they’ve been ‘loving’ spending G&T sundowners and running in the countryside during lockdown in Norfolk 

Rosie revealed that Zoe Warren, who is the mother of Prince Harry's goddaughter, has been running online yoga sessions during the pandemic  (pictured at Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018)

Rosie revealed that Zoe Warren, who is the mother of Prince Harry’s goddaughter, has been running online yoga sessions during the pandemic  (pictured at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018) 

Other members of Kate's exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte's godmothers  (pictured at the royal's christening in 2015)

Other members of Kate's exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte's godmothers and Lady Laura Meade (pictured)

Other members of Kate’s exclusive Norfolk set include Laura Fellowes, who is one of Princess Charlotte’s godmothers  (pictured left at the royal’s christening in 2015)  and Lady Laura Meade (pictured right)

Rosie van Cutsem

Prince George’s godfather William van Cutsem is the youngest of the four lofty, handsome sons of Prince Charles’s late Cambridge University friend, Hugh. 

William van Cutsem grew up at Anmer Hall before Hugh moved to 4,000-acre Hilborough nearby and built a neo-Palladian house. It has a magnificent wild game shoot.

Prince William and William remain close to one another and have acknowledged their friendship by making each other godparents to their children. 

William van Cutsem is godfather to Prince George; Nicholas van Cutsem is godfather to Prince Louis; Prince Harry is godfather to Nicholas van Cutsem’s daughter, Florence, who was a flower girl at the Sussexes’ wedding; and Prince William is godfather to Hugh and Rose’s daughter Grace. 

Meanwhile Rosie's husband William van Cutsem is a close childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge and is godfather to Prince George, six (pictured, at his christening)

Meanwhile Rosie’s husband William van Cutsem is a close childhood friend of the Duke of Cambridge and is godfather to Prince George, six (pictured, at his christening)  

The Duchess of Cambridge is amoung the well-heeled clients who have been spotted in the sister's designers (pictured, wearing a coat from Troy London in 2019)

The Duchess of Cambridge is amoung the well-heeled clients who have been spotted in the sister’s designers (pictured, wearing a coat from Troy London in 2019) 

He married Rosie in 2013 after meeting at a shoot in Hilborough, and the couple now live just up the road from Anmer Hall.

The same year, Rosie launched an outdoorwear label Troy London with her sister Lucia, with the Duchess of Cambridge regularly wearing items from the brand.

 At the start of lockdown, the sisters decided to isolate together at Rosie’s home in Norfolk, which she shares with her husband William and their two sons.

Lucia left her flat in Ladbroke Grove and moved into the country, with the sisters admitting they were ‘loving’ spending the family time together.

The sisters, who set up their fashion label Troy in 2013, have revealed how they struggled to get the business of the ground because they remained dedicated to making their products in the UK

The sisters, who set up their fashion label Troy in 2013, have revealed how they struggled to get the business of the ground because they remained dedicated to making their products in the UK 

Lucia said it had been ‘wonderful’ to enjoy G&T sundowners around the firepit, and running through the fields close to their house.

Meanwhile Rosie admitted she’d been enjoying growing vegetables in the kitchen garden, with the duo revealing they’d found simple pleasure in weeding.         

Polly Coke 

Palladian whopper Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke of Holkham, the Earl and Countess of Leicester while to Kate and Prince William,  they’ll be known as Tom and Polly Coke — pronounced Cook. 

The couple have four children who are free to roam in Holkham’s 25,000 acres of park, farmland and nature reserve. 

Meanwhile fashionable milliner Polly Coke is a good friend of Kate's, and lives at the palatial Holkham Hall

Meanwhile fashionable milliner Polly Coke is a good friend of Kate’s, and lives at the palatial Holkham Hall 

Polly is a fashionable friend for Kate; she is a milliner by trade and her mother is a fashion designer who’s dressed royals — her cousin is retro designer Cath Kidston, who helped her set up shop. 

The Queen spends New Year’s Eve at Holkham, but the New Year’s Day picnic — bullshots (consomme laced with vodka) and roast pheasant — is the most sought after invitation.

The jewel of Holkham is its four-mile long beach, often voted the finest in the UK.

This sweep of golden sand — as seen at the end of the film Shakespeare In Love, with Gwyneth Paltrow staring forlornly out to sea — is perfect bucket-and-spade territory for Prince George. Though not the bit where the nudists like to sunbathe… 

What a whopper: Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke... and a four mile long beach

What a whopper: Holkham Hall is home to Viscount and Viscountess Coke… and a four mile long beach

Laura Fellowes  

The daughter of Diana’s sister Jane Fellowes, Laura is married to equity analyst Nick Pettman and they have two sons around the same age as Prince George, six. 

Her family live in west Norfolk, where her father Lord Fellowes is said to be the most charming dinner guest in the county. Laura was bridesmaid to Andrew and Fergie.

Lord Fellowes was the Queen’s Private Secretary; his father was the Queen’s land agent at Sandringham.

Laura’s nickname is Mavis and she writes award- winning fiction under the name Mave Fellowes. 

Meanwhile author Laura Fellowes, whose mother is Princess Diana¿s sister Jane is another member of the Norfolk set

Meanwhile author Laura Fellowes, whose mother is Princess Diana’s sister Jane is another member of the Norfolk set 

Davina Duckworth-Chad  

Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King’s Lynn. 

Davina’s mother was Diana’s cousin, her father’s a friend of Charles and her brother was a royal equerry.

She is married to Tom Barber, an Old Etonian son of a baronet, and they have twins, India and Sienna, eight.

A photograph of Davina was used to launch Country Life’s website and she became known as ‘the deb on the web.’

The stylish and elegant Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King¿s Lynn

 The stylish and elegant Davina Duckworth-Chad is the daughter of local landowner Anthony, who lives at 40-room Pynkney Hall near King’s Lynn 

Lady Laura Meade 

Lady Laura Meade is the wife of James Meade, one of Prince William’s closest friends from Eton, who was his best man and gave a speech at the royal wedding. 

She is daughter to Julian Marsham, 8th Earl of Romney, and married James in 2013, a wedding attended by William. 

Laura is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte.

The couple were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen. 

Lady Laura Meade (seen to the left of Kate with a hairband) is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte. The couple, who also live near the Cambridges' country retreat Amner Hall, were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen

Lady Laura Meade (seen to the left of Kate with a hairband) is said to be godmother to Prince Louis, while James is reportedly godfather to Princess Charlotte. The couple, who also live near the Cambridges’ country retreat Amner Hall, were spotted with the Cambridges on Sunday, as they attended church alongside the Queen

Zoe Warren 

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana’s godchildren, and whose father is the Queen’s racing manager John Warren.

Their daughter Zalia was a bridesmaid at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and is one of Harry’s goddaughters. 

With their mutual interest of racing, the royal family and the Warrens are frequently spotted together at Ascot. 

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana's godchildren, and whose father is the Queen's racing manager John Warren (pictured, with Prince Philip)

Zoe Warren is married to Darren Warren, a close friend to Princes William and Harry, who was one of Princess Diana’s godchildren, and whose father is the Queen’s racing manager John Warren (pictured, with Prince Philip) 

Hannah Carter 

Hannah and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams.

Kate’s sister Pippa was a couple of years below Kate at the same school and also played sports.

She is married to Robert Carter, whose family are wealthy Norfolk landowners.

Both William and Kate attended their wedding in 2012.

Hannah (seen with husband Robert at the wedding of William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene) and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams

Hannah (seen with husband Robert at the wedding of William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene) and Kate attended Marlborough College together, where they played on several of the same sports teams

Her sister-in-law, Sophie Carter, is one of Charlotte’s godparents.

Sophie Carter 

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess’s side at various parties and events.

While in their younger days the girls used to party the nights away, they now mainly watch tennis (they play together and hang out at Wimbledon), though they were pictured cheering exuberantly at Cirque du Soleil for Kate’s 31st birthday.

The daughter of Norfolk construction tycoon Robert Carter, Sophie is also, helpfully, an expert in early years’ learning, having been a nursery and prep school teacher.

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess¿s side at various parties and events

Sophie has been a friend to Kate for many years and is often to be found quietly by the Duchess’s side at various parties and events

The Durham University graduate has developed a phonics educational app, ‘Hip Hop Hen’, and also lives near the Cambridges’ Amner Hall retreat.

Sophie used to date Prince William’s pal, Thomas van Straubenzee, who is now engaged to marry Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, a teacher at Prince George’s school.

Sophie is one of Charlotte’s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015.

Sophie is another member of the set to be one of Princess Charlotte¿s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015

Sophie is another member of the set to be one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents, and was seen attending her christening in 2015

 

Kate Middleton donned £62 hoop earrings from Welsh female designer yesterday in Wales

Kate Middleton supported a local brand by donning new ‘bohemian’ £62 gold hoop earrings by a Welsh female designer for a day of engagements

  • Kate Middleton, 38, joined Prince William, 38, for visits in South Wales yesterday 
  • Donned £62 hoop earrings from Welsh designer Hayley Jones for engagements
  • Independent brand ‘mixes bohemian feminine influence’ with modern aesthetic
  • Described online as creating pieces in eco-friendly and ethically conscious way

The Duchess of Cambridge showcased her support for local businesses yesterday by donning a pair of earrings by a Welsh jewellery designer, as she and Prince William made a series of visits in the country.

Kate Middleton, 38, selected the £62 18k gold plated Alia hoops crafted by female designer Hayley Jones for her brand Spells of Love for the engagements in Barry Island and Cardiff.

The mother-of-three recycled a blue floral Emilia Wickstead gown for the occasion, sweeping her hair into a classic bouncy wave, and tucked her locks behind her ears to reveal the dangling earrings. 

The brand is described online as crafting pieces with a mix of ‘bohemian feminine influence’ and ‘trend-led modern aesthetic’, with a focus on ‘ethical production’. 

Kate Middleton, 38, opted to wear £62 gold hoop earrings from an independent Welsh female designer during her visit to the country yesterday 

Arriving for the visits yesterday, the royal opted for a natural makeup look, sweeping a dark eyeshadow across her lids and a touch of blusher on her cheeks.

The hoops are described online as ‘best selling’ and are sent to customers in a ‘100 per cent plastic free and biodegradable bag.’

The brand is described online as a ‘demi-fine jewellery company’ which operates from ‘a small studio in the heart of Wales’.

It was launched in August 2019, and has since become a favourite for British reality stars and models including Emma Louise Connelly, MIC’s Sophie Habbo and TOWIE’s Chloe Lewis.  

The Duchess of Cambridge donned the gold hoop earrings as she and Prince William visited Barry and Cardiff

The Duchess of Cambridge donned the gold hoop earrings as she and Prince William visited Barry and Cardiff 

The brand, which was founded by designer Hayley Jones in August 2019, describes crafting  'bohemian feminine influence with a trend led and modern aesthetic'

The brand, which was founded by designer Hayley Jones in August 2019, describes crafting  ‘bohemian feminine influence with a trend led and modern aesthetic’

The pieces are described as being ‘designed with love and intention’ and ‘mix bohemian feminine influence with trend led and modern aesthetic’. 

Hayley creates her pieces in an ‘eco and ethically conscious’ way, designing her pieces ‘with the intention of making women feel beautiful’ in order to ‘enhance their inner beauty.’ 

The Duchess is known for her love of affordable jewellery, and often selects earrings by high street brands including Accessorize. 

She donned the earrings as she joined Prince William for a visit to Gavin & Stacey’s slot machine arcade in South Wales on Wednesday.

The Duchess swept her hair behind her ear during her visit to a cafe on Barry Island, revealing the delicate gold hoops

The Duchess swept her hair behind her ear during her visit to a cafe on Barry Island, revealing the delicate gold hoops 

The couple hit the real-life beachfront family attractions made famous in comedy favourite Gavin and Stacey. 

The couple laughed as they played in Island Leisure amusement – the iconic setting for ‘Nessa’s Slots’ at the Welsh resort – but the prince, who is pals with James Corden, admitted he had not seen the classic BBC show.

Later they visited the Shire Hall Care Home in the Welsh capital three months after speaking to staff and residents via video link and calling out the numbers for their weekly bingo session.

The gold hoop earrings, which are currently listed as in-stock on the Spells of Love website, are crafted in an eco-friendly way (pictured, the Duchess yesterday)

The gold hoop earrings, which are currently listed as in-stock on the Spells of Love website, are crafted in an eco-friendly way (pictured, the Duchess yesterday) 

Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Gavin & Stacey slot matching arcade in Barry Island

Kate Middleton cut a stylish figure in a recycled floral dress as she joined Prince William to visit Gavin & Stacey’s slot machine arcade in South Wales on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, hit the real-life beachfront family attractions made famous in comedy favourite Gavin and Stacey. 

The couple laughed as they played in Island Leisure amusement – the iconic setting for ‘Nessa’s Slots’ at the Welsh resort – but the prince, who is pals with James Corden, admitted he had not seen the classic BBC show.  

In the hit BBC comedy show, Nessa has a series of odd jobs – including working the slots at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade along the promenade – which features everything from flashing machines and even a board outside which says, ‘Nessa’s Slots – Come and see what’s occurrin.’ 

And it seems the invite was enticing for the royals – whose visit to Barry Island has come as businesses in Wales have started to reopen their doors to the public as lockdown measures have started to ease. 

Kate typically elegant in the £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead, which she complemented with a pair of chic tan wedges.

The mother-of-three first donned the pastel blue belted dress, which featured a pink floral pattern, when she opened her Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey in September 2019.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge threw balls in a bid to knock down figures on an arcade game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey is filmed, as they visited South Wales on Wednesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played a grab a teddy game as the Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated with her thumbs up - only for it to slip from the claws before reaching the winning chute

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played a grab a teddy game as the Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated with her thumbs up – only for it to slip from the claws before reaching the winning chute

Kate and Prince William (pictured) then joined vendors from some of the other businesses based on Barry’s promenade at Marco’s Café

Kate and Prince William (pictured) then joined vendors from some of the other businesses based on Barry’s promenade at Marco’s Café

Prince William confessed to never having seen the show while speaking to Marco Zeraschi whose family has owned Marco’s Cafe since 1958, which also features on the BBC hit comedy.

He said: ‘It’s one of the few boxsets I haven’t already watched. I’ve never actually watched it. But I know how much it has done for the economy here and it’s a wonderful series.’

The couple fooled around inside iconic Island Leisure amusement where Nessa played by Ruth Jones works in the show.

They praised owners Hilary and Andrew Phillips who reopened the attractions for the first time since lockdown today – whose grandchildren Erin Phillips, 5, Hollie Case, 5, and Jamie Case, 7, showed the royals how to play the games.

Kate and Prince William hurled balls at the Down the Clown coconut shy-style game after paying one pound a go, before trying their hand at a grab machine – but they failed to win a stuffed toy.

Kate cut a stylish figure in a pastel blue £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead as she joined Prince William to visit Gavin & Stacey's slot machine arcade

Kate cut a stylish figure in a pastel blue £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead as she joined Prince William to visit Gavin & Stacey’s slot machine arcade

Kate, who paired her floral ensemble with tan wedges, first wore the designer dress when she opened her Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey in September 2019. Pictured, with Prince William

Kate, who paired her floral ensemble with tan wedges, first wore the designer dress when she opened her Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey in September 2019. Pictured, with Prince William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) paid a secret visit to the iconic 'Nessa's' arcade in Barry Island, where they heard from local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) paid a secret visit to the iconic ‘Nessa’s’ arcade in Barry Island, where they heard from local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector

In the hit BBC comedy show, Nessa (pictured) has a series of odd jobs - including working the slots at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade

In the hit BBC comedy show, Nessa (pictured) has a series of odd jobs – including working the slots at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade

The royals also played a teddy game as the Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated - only for it to slip from the claws before reaching the winning chute

The royals also played a teddy game as the Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated – only for it to slip from the claws before reaching the winning chute

The Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated

The toy slipped from the claws before reaching the winning chute

The Duchess picked up a blue toy and celebrated – only for the toy to slip from the claws before reaching the winning chute (pictured, left and right)

The Duke of Cambridge handed a coin to Jamie Case, 7, so he and his friend, Erin Phillips, 5, (left) and sister Hollie Case, 5, (front) could play on a grab a teddy machine at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade

The Duke of Cambridge handed a coin to Jamie Case, 7, so he and his friend, Erin Phillips, 5, (left) and sister Hollie Case, 5, (front) could play on a grab a teddy machine at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Erin Phillips, 5, during their visit to the arcade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Erin Phillips, 5, during their visit to the arcade

Kate and Prince William hurled balls at the Down the Clown coconut shy-style game after paying one pound a go

Kate and Prince William hurled balls at the Down the Clown coconut shy-style game after paying one pound a go

The couple fooled around inside iconic Island Leisure amusement

The arcade is where Nessa, played by Ruth Jones, works in the show

The couple fooled around inside iconic Island Leisure amusement where Nessa, played by Ruth Jones, works in the show (pictured, left and right)

Both paid £1 each for the game and had a prize in the grasp, which fell out before they could deposit into the winning tray.

They also found the chair used by Nessa in the show, which is surrounded by Gavin and Stacey merchandise.

Although the visit was kept secret to avoid crowds, hundreds of holidaymakers flocked to the barricades and waved to the couple, who were more than happy to stop and speak to the well-wishers. 

They also heard with Marco, 62, and daughter Mariana, 39, whose family have owned the cafe since 1958, how the attractions are reopening to tourists.

Marco said: ‘I told them we have James Corden as prince and Ruth Jones as princess of Barry Island but said I have changed my mind now. They were very charming.’

Character Stacey, played by Joanna Page, worked in the cafe in series three.

During their visit, the Duke and Duchess heard about the impact that closing has had on the businesses during a typically busy period for the seaside resort, which attracted 424,000 visitors in 2019, and the measures they have put in place to allow them to start reopening in a safe and secure manner. 

They visited the beach huts on the eastern end of the promenade which have been installed as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s £6m regeneration project in Barry. 

The project has also seen the restoration of the promenade and shelter, and the installation of new public art and entertainment spaces, a climbing wall and water feature. 

In the hit BBC comedy show, Nessa has a series of odd jobs - including working the slots at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade (pictured) - which features everything from flashing machines and even a board outside which says, 'Nessa's Slots – Come and see what's occurrin'

In the hit BBC comedy show, Nessa has a series of odd jobs – including working the slots at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade (pictured) – which features everything from flashing machines and even a board outside which says, ‘Nessa’s Slots – Come and see what’s occurrin’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen leaving Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey is filmed before walking along the promenade, during their visit to Barry Island

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen leaving Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey is filmed before walking along the promenade, during their visit to Barry Island

The royal couple even took the chance to play a grab a teddy game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where the BBC it comedy Gavin and Stacey was filmed

The royal couple even took the chance to play a grab a teddy game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where the BBC it comedy Gavin and Stacey was filmed

The couple's visit to Barry Island has come as businesses in Wales have started to reopen their doors to the public as lockdown measures have started to ease

The couple’s visit to Barry Island has come as businesses in Wales have started to reopen their doors to the public as lockdown measures have started to ease

Kate looked typically elegant in the £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead

The royal opted to wear her brown locks loose and kept her makeup minimal

Kate looked typically elegant in the £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead and opted to wear her brown locks loose and kept her makeup minimal

During their visit, the couple (pictured) spoke to local business owners about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector

During their visit, the couple (pictured) spoke to local business owners about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector

Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left in stitches today during a face-to-face meeting with care home residents they had entertained as virtual bingo callers during lockdown.

William and Kate were visiting Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff three months after speaking to staff and residents via video link and calling out the numbers for their weekly bingo session.

Introduced to Joan Drew-Smith, 87, who made headlines in May when she said the royal bingo game ‘wasn’t as good as it should have been’, the Duke said: ‘Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!’

‘Yes,’ she replied. ‘You did a bloody s****y job.’

The royal couple, briefly taken aback by her blunt assessment, roared with laughter, ut they got a kinder response from fellow resident Margaret Stocks, 95, winner of the virtual game.

‘I did enjoy it,’ she told them. ‘I hadn’t played it before.’

‘Neither had we!’ replied the Duchess. ‘That’s why we were so bad!’

‘We enjoyed it just as much as you did,’ William added. ‘It was a new experience for us.’

William and Kate both sported masks during the visit to the care home’s garden, making it tricky to make themselves heard at times.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Island Leisure amusements arcade to meet the owners and staff members ahead of the arcade reopening to the public later in the day

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Island Leisure amusements arcade to meet the owners and staff members ahead of the arcade reopening to the public later in the day

Kate and Prince William spoke with staff at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey is filmed

Kate and Prince William spoke with staff at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey is filmed

Prince William and Kate were seen talking to the Hughes family as they visited beach huts, during their visit to Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector

Prince William and Kate were seen talking to the Hughes family as they visited beach huts, during their visit to Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with MD of Vale of Glamorgan Council, Rob Thomas, as they arrived by car to visit beach huts, during their visit to Barry Island

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with MD of Vale of Glamorgan Council, Rob Thomas, as they arrived by car to visit beach huts, during their visit to Barry Island

The royal couple were more than happy to stop and speak with well-wishers who lined the streets to greet them

The royal couple were more than happy to stop and speak with well-wishers who lined the streets to greet them

The Duke, who donned a blue fabric face covering, told Joan: ‘We have to wear masks because of the virus, but it’s difficult to hear sometimes when you can’t see someone’s mouth.’

‘Is that your assistant?’ Joan asked him, pointing at Kate.

‘Well I am your assistant,’ laughed Kate, putting a hand on her husband’s shoulder. ‘I have been for a long time!’

The meeting took place in a marquee set up for afternoon team just as the heavens opened.

‘We timed it right!’ said the Duke, who later told staff: ‘I love Joan, she’s brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her.’

Shire Hall provides residential, nursing and dementia care and is part of Hallmark Care Homes, a family-run care provider with 20 care homes across England and Wales.  

Staff spoke about the measures that have been put in place in order to allow the residents to safely receive visits from family members and friends. 

The Duke and Duchess then met a small number of residents and their family members who spoke about the challenges of being unable to visit their loved ones at the beginning of the lockdown, how they kept in touch, and the impact of now being able to visit the home.  

Kate Middleton and Prince William visit Gavin & Stacey slot matching arcade in Barry Island

Royals at the amusements! Kate Middleton recycles Emilia Wickstead floral dress to visit Gavin & Stacey slot machine arcade with Prince William in Barry Island to boost UK tourism

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 38, carried out two engagements in South Wales on Wednesday
  • The mother-of-three cut a stylish figure in a summery dress and wedges for the visit
  • It comes just one day after royal donned a face mask for first time and visited a baby bank in Sheffield

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Kate Middleton cut a stylish figure in a recycled floral dress as she joined Prince William to visit Gavin & Stacey’s slot machine arcade in South Wales on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, paid a secret visit to the iconic ‘Nessa’s’ arcade in Barry Island, and were spotted by daytrippers arriving on Paget Road, before heading to the rear of the Western Shelter. 

The mother-of-three looked typically elegant in the £1,635 designer dress by Emelia Wickstead, which she complemented with a pair of chic tan wedges.

Kate first donned the pastel blue belted dress, which featured a pink floral pattern, when she opened her Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey in September 2019.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 38, paid a secret visit to Gavin & Stacey’s slot machine arcade in South Wales on Wednesday (pictured)

The couple firstly visited Barry Island where they heard from local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, before travelling to Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff where they spoke to staff, residents and their family members. 

The visit to Barry Island has come as businesses in Wales have started to reopen their doors to the public as lockdown measures have started to ease. 

The Duke and Duchess visited Island Leisure amusements arcade to meet the owners and staff members ahead of the arcade reopening to the public later in the day, before joining vendors from some of the other businesses based on Barry’s promenade at Marco’s Café. 

There, they heard about the impact that closing has had on the businesses during a typically busy period for the seaside resort, which attracted 424,000 visitors in 2019, and the measures they have put in place to allow them to start reopening in a safe and secure manner. 

The Duke and Duchess also visited the beach huts on the eastern end of the promenade which have been installed as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s £6m regeneration project in Barry. 

The project has also seen the restoration of the promenade and shelter, and the installation of new public art and entertainment spaces, a climbing wall and water feature. 

They then visited Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff where they spoke to some of the home’s staff, residents and their family members in the home’s garden. 

In May, The Duke and Duchess joined staff and residents from Shire Hall via video call, and took their turn as guest bingo callers for a game in the home’s cinema. 

Shire Hall provides residential, nursing and dementia care and is part of Hallmark Care Homes, a family-run care provider with 20 care homes across England and Wales. 

During today’s visit, Their Royal Highnesses were able to meet some of the staff and residents from the call in person and heard how the home has continued to adapt in response to the pandemic. 

Staff spoke about the measures that have been put in place in order to allow the residents to safely receive visits from family members and friends. 

The Duke and Duchess then met a small number of residents and their family members who spoke about the challenges of being unable to visit their loved ones at Page 2 of 2 the beginning of the lockdown, how they kept in touch, and the impact of now being able to visit the home.  

Kate Middleton ditches her wedges for trend-led new look with white trainers and cool headband

The Duchess of Cambridge ditched her favourite wedges and opted for a trendy fashion-focused look as she made a private visit to a baby bank in May.

New photographs of the Kate Middleton’s, 38, visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk were released last night as it was announced the royal has launched a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK.

The mother-of-three, who spent lockdown with her husband Prince William, 38, and their children, George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, opted for a £112 green shirt dress from quintessentially British brand Boden for the visit earlier this summer.

She paired the trendy garment with a pair of fresh white Superga trainers and a cool £59 Lela Sadoughi headband. 

Kate Middleton, 38, opted for a trendy fashion-focused look as she paid a private visit to a bank bank in May, pairing a £112 green Boden shirt dress with a cool £59 headband and white trainers 

The royal swept her hair from her face with the £59 brown velvet headband as she paid a visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk during lockdown

The royal swept her hair from her face with the £59 brown velvet headband as she paid a visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk during lockdown

The natural beauty wore her hair in a bouncy blow-dry, and kept her make up natural for the occasion.  

Meanwhile the mother-of-three added to her off-duty cool look with a set of gold hoop earrings.

Perfect for the British summer weather, Kate’s midi shirt dress features a pretty floral print in a forest green shade.

The dress is described online as perfect for ‘brunch in the morning or dinner in the evening’ and is made from ‘a crinkle lightweight fabric.’

The royal appeared to have ditched her favourite brown wedges for a more casual and relaxed look for the visit (pictured, in wedges during a visit to The Nook in June)

The royal appeared to have ditched her favourite brown wedges for a more casual and relaxed look for the visit (pictured, in wedges during a visit to The Nook in June) 

Meanwhile the garment also features a tie belt waist that makes it adjustable for your shape. 

While known as a quintessentially British brand, it may also have been chosen by the Duchess for it’s credentials in sustainability. 

The brand has proved itself to be a favourite of the Duchess during the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, the royal selected a £120 baby blue wrap dress from British brand Boden for a virtual visit to a maternity ward. 

The Duchess added to her relaxed look by swapping her usual go-to brown espadrilles for a pair of white Superga trainers.

The new photographs of Kate's private visit were released as she launched a new initiative at  Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics in Sheffield yesterday

The new photographs of Kate’s private visit were released as she launched a new initiative at  Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics in Sheffield yesterday

Kate beamed as she met those who volunteer to support some of the most vulnerable families in the UK by providing essentials including nappies and bedding 

During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed how in recent months, she had heard from families who have been supported by baby banks through the 'most difficult of times'

The royal (pictured) added she had been 'deeply moved' after hearing from parents about how baby banks have provided them with support

During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured left, and right) revealed how in recent months, she had heard from families who have been supported by baby banks through the ‘most difficult of times’

Kate (pictured) cut an elegant figure for the visit and opted to wear her brown locks down, keeping her eye makeup minimal

Kate (pictured) cut an elegant figure for the visit and opted to wear her brown locks down, keeping her eye makeup minimal

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) spoke to CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross, Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn and CEO Little Village Sophia Parker during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) spoke to CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross, Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn and CEO Little Village Sophia Parker during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics

Over the past few years white sneakers have become an essential casual shoe in a woman’s wardrobe. 

Kate has worn the cult 2750 trainers on multiple occasions, including at her Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in September last year and at Fakenham Garden Centre during her first official engagement since the start of lockdown. 

Superga have been making shoes for over 100 years and originally began production in Turin, Italy after creating their first Classic Superga 2750 heritage style shoe. 

The Duchess made the visit to Baby Basics West Norfolk earlier this year as she prepared to launch a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK. 

During the visit, Kate packed up Moses baskets with supplies and spoke to families who had received support from the charity.  

Baby Banks are a crucial nationwide service, run by volunteers, helping to support some of the most vulnerable families in the UK by providing essentials such as nappies, clothing and bedding. 

The banks have proved to be a lifeline for many struggling parents during the coronavirus crisis, but have found their services under increasing pressure, both as a result of demand and because they have been unable to accept second-hand donations on health and safety grounds. 

After hearing of this, Kate decided to put out feelers for donations from brands and high street retailers. 

In all, she has persuaded nineteen brands to donate more than 10,000 items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities, who operate more than 40 baby banks across the UK. 

Yesterday she cut a stylish figure in an elegant white £1850 dress by Suzannah as she launched in initiative in Sheffield. 

The Duchess, who paired her ensemble with £531 mock snake skin heels by Tabitha Simmons, which she first donned during the 2011 royal tour of Canada, could also be seen wearing an apron and rubber gloves as she helped to unpack the first donations, which included clothes and toys. 

Despite her vertiginous heels, she pulled boxes from a pallet with ease and carried them inside, helping staff from Baby Basics UK which started ten years ago in Sheffield, who have teamed up with two other baby bank services, Little Village and Aberdeenshire-based AberNecessities. 

Inside their temporary distribution centre – which with the help of couriers DHL is transferring the donations as far afield as Aberdeen and Hastings – Kate helped unpack some of the boxes – exclaiming as she picked up a bottle of Child’s Farm shampoo, which she clearly recognised.

Cat Ross, CEO of Baby Basics, told her: ‘Often in a world where there is a lot of judgement and stereotyping about being poor, that additional stress can be even more difficult for parents who are doing amazing things to keep their families going with such strength, such determination.’

‘Yes,’ replied Kate. ‘One of the mums I met was a nurse. These are families who do fantastic jobs and even they are struggling. All of the research shows how vital things like this are for them and that they are being recognised.’

The Duchess also talked at length about what the impact of Covid-19 would be, particularly for children. 

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) has brought together nineteen British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) has brought together nineteen British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide

The royal was photographed wearing a face mask for the first time

The Duchess of Cambridge cut a stylish figure in the 'Flippy Wiggle' dress by Suzannah

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured, left and right) cut a stylish figure in the ‘Flippy Wiggle’ dress by Suzannah for the visit, which costs £1,850 online

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) sported a pretty floral face mask and cut a stylish figure in an elegant white £1850 dress by Suzannah

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) sported a pretty floral face mask and cut a stylish figure in an elegant white £1850 dress by Suzannah

Following her arrival (pictured), Kate set about opening some of the boxes and chatted with the helpers about organisations they worked with to offer emotional support to families

Following her arrival (pictured), Kate set about opening some of the boxes and chatted with the helpers about organisations they worked with to offer emotional support to families

After her hour-and-a-half visit, the duchess left by car, still sporting her mask, after saying a muffled goodbye to the volunteers

After her hour-and-a-half visit, the duchess left by car, still sporting her mask, after saying a muffled goodbye to the volunteers

‘It’s difficult for sure but there is a lot of fear about worry about when furlough ends and what it means for families,’ said Miss Ross.

‘But one of the positives to come out of it is the strength of communities across the UK and people wanting to help, volunteering and wanting to provide for each other. Organisations like us want to harvest that and it keep it going as much as possible.’

‘It’s been wonderful during lockdown, hasn’t it?’ said the duchess, ‘about the way everyone has been busy knitting away and actually it is those small volunteering acts that everyone can contribute to that make such a difference. 

‘That inter-generational support system has been amazing. Knowing that you can make such a big difference to another family is wonderful.’

Sophia Parker, Chief Executive and Founder of Little Village, agreed, adding: ‘We say the currency in this is kindness, this is what this is all about.

‘It’s really special being able to facilitate people to support others. They are often just looking for that opportunity to do something.’

Kate added: ‘It’s about finding new ways of still providing people with the support they so desperately need.’ 

Kate showed support for the initiative, explaining that it's necessary to find new ways to provide people with the support that they desperately need

Kate showed support for the initiative, explaining that it’s necessary to find new ways to provide people with the support that they desperately need  

The Duchess of Cambridge wore her glossy brunette hair in a relaxed style, opting for subtle makeup and minimal accessories for the visit

The Duchess of Cambridge wore her glossy brunette hair in a relaxed style, opting for subtle makeup and minimal accessories for the visit 

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a face mask as she visited Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics - which is a volunteer project supporting families in need struggling to provide for their newborns

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a face mask as she visited Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics – which is a volunteer project supporting families in need struggling to provide for their newborns

Kate (pictured) spoke of how she went home and wept after visiting a baby bank helping vulnerable families at the start of lockdown

Kate (pictured) spoke of how she went home and wept after visiting a baby bank helping vulnerable families at the start of lockdown

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a timeless dress by Suzannah, could be seen lifting boxes as she helped unpack donations at the baby bank

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a timeless dress by Suzannah, could be seen lifting boxes as she helped unpack donations at the baby bank 

Baby banks aim to support and empower families by ensuring every child has the essential items they need to thrive. Pictured, Kate unloading a pallet of supplies

Baby banks aim to support and empower families by ensuring every child has the essential items they need to thrive. Pictured, Kate unloading a pallet of supplies

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) revealed how she has been left in tears after hearing the stories of families coping amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) revealed how she has been left in tears after hearing the stories of families coping amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Kate, who donned a floral face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, helped to unpack vital supplies for families struggling and in need of them the most (pictured)

Kate, who donned a floral face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, helped to unpack vital supplies for families struggling and in need of them the most (pictured)

The mother-of-three could be seen donning a pair of safety gloves and mask amid the pandemic as she engaged in a socially distanced conversation with the Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn, CEO Little Village Sophia Parker and CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross (pictured)

The mother-of-three could be seen donning a pair of safety gloves and mask amid the pandemic as she engaged in a socially distanced conversation with the Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn, CEO Little Village Sophia Parker and CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross (pictured)

Kate then set about opening some of the boxes and chatted with the helpers about organisations they worked with to offer emotional support to families.

‘Sometimes it’s just about having the opportunity of offload,’ she said. ‘And once someone has received a basket do you often see them coming back for support in different areas?’

After helping with the packing, Kate met with one family who have been helped by Baby Basics UK in Sheffield, Ali Wartty and Sahara Mrs Hamawandy, both 47, who have lively triplets San, Shan and Laveen, aged one year.

The family came to the UK from Iraq seeking asylum and were given leave to remain, but with no access to public funds.

Mr Wartty, who is self employed, a managed to buy a one-bedroom, 12th floor flat from Sheffield Council, but the couple – who were initially told they were were having twins but found out about their triplets at their 20-week scan – have struggled financially, emotionally and practically with three young children.

They were referred to Baby Basics by their support worker who have helped them with basic necessities including a triple pram, as well as Moses baskets and starter packs, as well as clothes and toiletries as the babies have grown.

‘Hi, all of them, of course they are triplets! ‘ exclaimed Kate. ‘Gosh they are all doing very well and sorry to intrude on your family time.’

‘Yes it’s so fun!’ she said, as Shan cooed and blew raspberries as he toddled. 

In an emotional conversation, Mrs Hamawandy told Kate how she had struggled to cope.

‘Is was living on the 12th floor of a block of flats and trying to cope with the three of them,’ she explained.

‘It must have been so stressful,’ sympathised Kate. ‘Is that when you sought the help Baby Basics? Is the fact that someone talked to you and someone listened to you, is that what made the difference? ‘

Mrs Hamawandy replied: ‘Yes, it wasn’t just the practical help, it was having someone to reassure me and give me a chance to have five minutes to myself.

‘I wasn’t coping at all, my brain wasn’t coping. I had huge anxiety. Is wasn’t able to go out with three babies. How do you take your three babies down from the 12th floor without a pram? We weren’t able to go out at all. After eight months I tried to take them out. But when I tried to take them out I was crying because I couldn’t.’

She told Kate that she had no family or friends that could help – her sister here in the UK is herself ill.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) talked at length about what the impact of Covid would be, particularly for children

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) talked at length about what the impact of Covid would be, particularly for children

The mother-of-three talked to other baby banks on a teleconference during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield on Tuesday

The mother-of-three talked to other baby banks on a teleconference during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield on Tuesday

During her visit, the Royal spoke to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basics

During her visit, the Royal spoke to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basics

During the visit, the mother-of-three spoke to parents about how baby banks have provided them with invaluable support when they have needed it most. Pictured, talking to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basic

During the visit, the mother-of-three spoke to parents about how baby banks have provided them with invaluable support when they have needed it most. Pictured, talking to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basic

‘That must have been so difficult for you,’ Kate said. ‘It must have been even harder with lockdown. Did that make things more difficult?;

‘Yes it was even worse as I couldn’t go out,’ she replied. ‘When they started to walk and I was in the house by myself, it was really difficult. It really was a very bad time.’

Kate replied: ‘I am so sorry to hear that. Do you still feel now that it will affect you in the long term, the struggles you had at the beginning? Do you feel you get support emotionally, as well as the physical support?’

Speaking after meeting the duchess, Mrs Hamawandy said it had meant a great deal to her to have the chance to tell her story to the duchess.

The following organisations have generously donated items such as nappies, bedding and clothing to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities: 

Bloom and Blossom

Boden

Bramley

Childs Farm

Frugi

Green People (Organic Babies)

John Lewis

JoJo Maman Bébé

Kit & Kin

Kokoso Baby

M&S

Mamas & Papas

Matalan

My Little Coco

Sainsbury’s

Tesco

The White Company

Trotters

She continued: ‘I wanted to tell her for a family like me, especially with three children, that mum needs help. If mum is not feeling good, it will affect the baby. 

‘To give support to mum means giving support to the whole family. If mum has the chance to sleep for half an hour or get a little help, it helps the whole family. I was really devastated and shocked and crying all the time. 

‘I didn’t get the chance to look after myself and get at least ten minutes to myself. I couldn’t even find half an hour to lie down in the day because I was always getting up to check on each one of them. I didn’t have any support or family to help.

‘That’s why the charity has been so important to a mother like me. It gave me power. It transformed me. I just want to say thank you to everybody. ‘

The duchess also spoke via Zoom on a lap top to mothers helped by two of the other baby bank charities, Little Village and AberNecessities.

Chatting to Amy Cotton, who fled a violent home with only her baby son Ricky, now three, and the clothes on her back, and has received a buggy, clothing and toys for her child.

She now works as volunteer for the Little Village and has a 12-week-old daughter, Ellie-Rose.

‘Do you feel it is good for you being part of that volunteering community, helping mums who have been in the same position as you?’ asked the duchess.

Amy said it had mean a great deal of her to say thank you.

Kate added: ‘It’s so valuable. You hear so often that its very hard for parents and families to reach out for support because of the stigma about saying “I’m finding it really hard and I’m struggling’. Is that something you’ve come across, particularly with the families you are working with?”

Amy told her that it was, but added: ‘We all want to do what’s best for our children.’

‘It is brave and not often the easiest thing to do but it is really fantastic that you’ve reached out, that you are so open about your own struggles but also the fact that you are in such a fanatic place now. 

‘I suppose it is real credit to you, the journey that you’ve undertaken and the courage and strength you’ve shown to get there. So well done. And I love the fact that you are volunteering too,’ smiled the duchess.

She also chatted to Ella-Mae Michalski, who has twin girls Bella and Ruby, born prematurely and who are now 21-months-old and was helped by Little Village with a double pram., clothes, muslins and other essentials.

She has been shielding during the coronavirus outbreak because the girls have chronic lung disease.

‘As a mum the one thing you want too be able to do is to provide for your children and it was difficult not to be able to do that but Little Village helped,’ she explained.

‘It must have been heart-breaking and such a huge worry and anxiety for you during pregnancy and after birth,’ Kate said.

Ella-Mae replied: ‘Yes, Little Village is amazing. It’s something as basic as getting a cup of tea when you come here and people asking how you are and being able to offload without fear of what people might think.’

Kate then asked: ‘Do you feel there is a judgement around being able to put on a facade and pretend that everything is going great? Is it places like this that are needed in communities where parents don’t feel judged and mums can go and be honest and feel like they are being listened to?’.

‘One hundred percent,’ she was told.

The Duchess of Cambridge was also pictured donning a pair of rubber gloves as she spoke to Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn, CEO Little Village Sophia Parker and CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross

The Duchess of Cambridge was also pictured donning a pair of rubber gloves as she spoke to Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn, CEO Little Village Sophia Parker and CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross

During her visit, Kate (pictured) told how baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need

During her visit, Kate (pictured) told how baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need

The Duchess of Cambridge praised the generosity of the companies taking part in this initiative

Added that thanks to them, baby banks across the UK will be able to support even more families through this 'particularly challenging time'

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured, left and right) praised the generosity of the companies taking part in this initiative – and said thanks to them, baby banks across the UK will be able to support even more families through this ‘particularly challenging time’

After her hour-and-a-half visit, the duchess left by car, still sporting her mask, after saying a muffled goodbye to the volunteers.

Speaking after the visit, Baby Basics CEO Cat Ross said: ‘Having her visit and seeing the work we do has been just amazing. It will really help people to hear and know about Baby Basics and the work we do. A lot of people have heard about food banks but don’t necessarily know about the baby banks and what we do. ‘

The charity, she explained, helps families including those in economic poverty, teenage mothers, women seeking asylum, women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.

She added: ‘Having someone like the Duchess behind us is amazing and her helping us by getting in all these amazing brands has been incredible. We can get more to families and treat them to the goods they would never, ever get. It’s just fantastic. ‘

Announcing her initiative, Kate said: ‘Over recent months, I have heard from families who have been supported by baby banks through the most difficult of times and I have been deeply moved by their stories. 

‘Having somewhere to turn to for support is important for all families, and baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need.

‘Baby banks are driven by incredible volunteers, demonstrating the power of community spirit in supporting families and coming together to raise the next generation.

‘Thanks to the generosity of the companies taking part in this initiative, baby banks across the UK will be able to support even more families through this particularly challenging time.’ 

The royal donned mock-crock grey £531 heels by Tabitha Simmons, which she first donned during the 2011 royal tour of Canada. Pictured, during a socially distanced chat with CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross, Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn and CEO Little Village Sophia Parker

The royal donned mock-crock grey £531 heels by Tabitha Simmons, which she first donned during the 2011 royal tour of Canada. Pictured, during a socially distanced chat with CEO Baby Basics UK Cat Ross, Founder of Abernecessities Danielle Flecher-Horn and CEO Little Village Sophia Parker

The mother-of-three (pictured) was on a visit to launch a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK

The mother-of-three (pictured) was on a visit to launch a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK

Despite her vertiginous heels, Kate (pictured) had to trouble pulling boxes from a pallet with ease , before carrying them inside

Despite her vertiginous heels, Kate (pictured) had to trouble pulling boxes from a pallet with ease , before carrying them inside

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) opted for a pretty floral print mask and earlier in the day, donned an apron and rubber gloves to help unpack the first donations, which included clothes and toys

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) opted for a pretty floral print mask and earlier in the day, donned an apron and rubber gloves to help unpack the first donations, which included clothes and toys

In total, nineteen brands have donated items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities, who operate baby banks across the UK. Pictured, Kate talks to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen

In total, nineteen brands have donated items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities, who operate baby banks across the UK. Pictured, Kate talks to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen

Kate Middleton ditches her wedges for trend-led new look with white trainers and cool headband

The Duchess of Cambridge ditched her favourite wedges and opted for a trendy fashion-focused look as she made a private visit to a baby bank in May.

New photographs of the Kate Middleton’s, 38, visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk were released last night as it was announced the royal has launched a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK.

The mother-of-three, who spent lockdown with her husband Prince William, 38, and their children, George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, opted for a £112 green shirt dress from quintessentially British brand Boden for the visit earlier this summer.

She paired the trendy garment with a pair of fresh white Superga trainers and a cool £59 Lela Sadoughi headband. 

Kate Middleton, 38, opted for a trendy fashion-focused look as she paid a private visit to a bank bank in May, pairing a £112 green Boden shirt dress with a cool £59 headband and white trainers 

The natural beauty wore her hair in a bouncy blow-dry, and kept her make up natural for the occasion.  

Meanwhile the mother-of-three added to her off-duty cool look with a set of gold hoop earrings.

Perfect for the British summer weather, Kate’s midi shirt dress features a pretty floral print in a forest green shade.

The dress is described online as perfect for ‘brunch in the morning or dinner in the evening’ and is made from ‘a crinkle lightweight fabric.’

The royal swept her hair from her face with the £59 brown velvet headband as she paid a visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk during lockdown

The royal swept her hair from her face with the £59 brown velvet headband as she paid a visit to Baby Basics in West Norfolk during lockdown

Meanwhile the garment also features a tie belt waist that makes it adjustable for your shape. 

While known as a quintessentially British brand, it may also have been chosen by the Duchess for it’s credentials in sustainability. 

The brand has proved itself to be a favourite of the Duchess during the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, the royal selected a £120 baby blue wrap dress from British brand Boden for a virtual visit to a maternity ward. 

The royal appeared to have ditched her favourite brown wedges for a more casual and relaxed look for the visit (pictured, in wedges during a visit to The Nook in June)

The royal appeared to have ditched her favourite brown wedges for a more casual and relaxed look for the visit (pictured, in wedges during a visit to The Nook in June) 

The Duchess added to her relaxed look by swapping her usual go-to brown espadrilles for a pair of white Superga trainers.

Over the past few years white sneakers have become an essential casual shoe in a woman’s wardrobe. 

Kate has worn the cult 2750 trainers on multiple occasions, including at her Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in September last year and at Fakenham Garden Centre during her first official engagement since the start of lockdown. 

Superga have been making shoes for over 100 years and originally began production in Turin, Italy after creating their first Classic Superga 2750 heritage style shoe. 

The new photographs of Kate's private visit were released as she launched a new initiative at  Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics in Sheffield yesterday

The new photographs of Kate’s private visit were released as she launched a new initiative at  Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics in Sheffield yesterday

The Duchess made the visit to Baby Basics West Norfolk earlier this year as she prepared to launch a new initiative she has spearheaded, getting 19 major UK retailers and brands to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK. 

During the visit, Kate packed up Moses baskets with supplies and spoke to families who had received support from the charity.  

Baby Banks are a crucial nationwide service, run by volunteers, helping to support some of the most vulnerable families in the UK by providing essentials such as nappies, clothing and bedding. 

During the visit, the mother-of-three spoke to parents about how baby banks have provided them with invaluable support when they have needed it most. Pictured, talking to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basic

During the visit, the mother-of-three spoke to parents about how baby banks have provided them with invaluable support when they have needed it most. Pictured, talking to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basic

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a timeless dress by Suzannah, could be seen lifting boxes as she helped unpack donations at the baby bank

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a timeless dress by Suzannah, could be seen lifting boxes as she helped unpack donations at the baby bank 

The banks have proved to be a lifeline for many struggling parents during the coronavirus crisis, but have found their services under increasing pressure, both as a result of demand and because they have been unable to accept second-hand donations on health and safety grounds. 

After hearing of this, Kate decided to put out feelers for donations from brands and high street retailers. 

In all, she has persuaded nineteen brands to donate more than 10,000 items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities, who operate more than 40 baby banks across the UK. 

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. 

Prince William reassures Gareth Southgate speaking about mental health is ‘not a weakness’

Prince William reassured England football manager Gareth Southgate that it’s ‘not a weakness’ to speak about mental health when the pair met at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk earlier this month.      

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro ’96 started of his understanding about mental health. 

Discussing his campaign, William added: ‘The idea of being able to talk about it is not a weakness. 

Prince William (right) reassured England football manager Gareth Southgate (left) that it’s ‘not a weakness’ to speak about mental health when the pair met at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk earlier this month

‘The idea of being able to be open about your emotions and fix a problem is a positive, it’s a strength, not a weakness. 

‘And I think that that culture is something that we hopefully are seeing a slight shift in.’   

It comes after William appeared of BBC 5Live’s That Peter Crouch podcast earlier this week, where he joked he would use his role as president of the FA to sack the manager if England had a bad run of form.

William, has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

William (left)  has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. He is pictured with Gareth (right)

William (left)  has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. He is pictured with Gareth (right)

The pair stayed two metres apart and adhered to social-distancing measures throughout the video.  

Speaking to the second-in-line, Gareth said: ‘I had quite a high profile situation in missing a penalty with England. Without doubt when I look back that was professionally the most challenging situation I’ve been in. 

‘You’re in a position where the is in the biggest game they’ve had for 50 years – I forget how many years of hurt we’ve had.

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro '96 started of his understanding about mental health. Gareth is pictured being consoled by Stuart Pearce after missing the shot 24 years ago

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro ’96 started of his understanding about mental health. Gareth is pictured being consoled by Stuart Pearce after missing the shot 24 years ago 

‘The country was on a tidal wave of good emotion and feeling, and you walk away from the stadium feeling you’re the person that’s responsible for that feeling.

‘I didn’t feel anger, jut regret, remorse and responsibility, and to a small degree that still lives with me.

‘To have failed under pressure under that huge spotlight is hard professionally to take.

When asked by the Duke if it’s still fair we’re talking about it, Gareth added: ‘It’s tough because even now I have regrets for the team I played with. 

King of the comeback! Gareth said he has been redeemed since missing the shot in 1996, he is pictured celebrating an England win at the 2018 World Cup, where he took the team to the semi-fials

King of the comeback! Gareth said he has been redeemed since missing the shot in 1996, he is pictured celebrating an England win at the 2018 World Cup, where he took the team to the semi-fials

‘I’ve had an element of resurrection and redemption but the team I played with lost the opportunity to win a major tournament and those guys didn’t get another chance.

‘Because we’ve been sat at home all summer everyone is replaying those games, I can’t avoid it.  There’s a reality we have to face, I can’t hide from the face it happened, we have a decision and a choice to how to deal with it.

Gareth, who lead England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 last summer, added that the pandemic has put things into perspective for him.

William's chat with Gareth comes after he appeared on That Peter Crouch podcast, whree he was asked if what he would do if England had a 'disastrous run of form'. Prince William said he would sack manager Gareth Southgate, much to the amusement of Peter.  Pictured (from left) is William, Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark at Kensington Palace in March

William’s chat with Gareth comes after he appeared on That Peter Crouch podcast, whree he was asked if what he would do if England had a ‘disastrous run of form’. Prince William said he would sack manager Gareth Southgate, much to the amusement of Peter.  Pictured (from left) is William, Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark at Kensington Palace in March 

The Duke also asked the manager if there was more of a formal structure around the team in 1996 if he’d have coped better. 

‘I remember going back to the hotel and sitting with [former player] Stuart Pearce, who lived through what I was going to live through, he was available immediately to tell me what I was going to experience, which was invaluable really.

‘When you’ve messed up as badly as I have, and you’ve realised that’s the worst you’re going to face, professionally that liberates you, to say “right, lets just attack life”‘.

‘Similar, when I was a young manager and lost my job, there’s a loss of self-esteem, and a lot of people are going to experience that over the next few months sadly, it’s a huge blow, and you don’t know how to talk to people walking down the street. You assume that everyone is looking at you and their probably not.

‘But the inner voice in your head, which is such a key to wellbeing, is telling you all these things is catastrophic.

William also asked Gareth what he was doing as England manger to make sure there was support in place.

 ‘If you look at what’s important for young players, old players,  and society generally, especially with everything that’s happened over the last few months – then people’s mental health is one of our primary focuses, it will have such a big affect on our society.

‘The whole world is going through a challenging period. I recognise as a manager I need to step up and make sure even more that to begin with our own players are cared for. 

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health 

‘The message in a high profile way can influence our thinking.  

William also asked Gareth if there was a message he wanted to give football fans an the wider community struggling with mental health. 

‘I think there is very often this feeling “I’m the only one, there’s nowhere to go” and some of the most successful people in the world have had these issues or have problems with self-confidence, self-belief. 

‘It doesn’t have to be an extreme case. There are various issues with people’s mental health, that can affect how they feel or how they perform and it’s making sure that we don’t feel that there’s a stigma for people, that it’s acceptable to look for help.’    

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health. 

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch's podcast to talk about mental health. The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa's top scorer. He is pictured with George in September at the seven-year-old's school, Thomas' Battersea

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch’s podcast to talk about mental health. The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa’s top scorer. He is pictured with George in September at the seven-year-old’s school, Thomas’ Battersea

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch’s podcast to talk about mental health.

The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts  Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa’s top scorer.

To mark the culmination of the campaign, this evening The Duke of Cambridge will host an outdoor screening of the Heads Up FA Cup Final on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, attended by a small group of frontline workers, beneficiaries of the campaign’s charity partners, local fans, and Heads Up ambassadors. 

The six-part #SoundOfSupport series features current and former players, managers and well-known fans paired up to have candid conversations about mental health, with the aim to help football fans, and men in particular, feel comfortable and confident in reaching out for support if they need it. 

Other films in the series include Jesse Lingard and Maya Jama, Jürgen Klopp and Andy Robertson, Phil Foden and İlkay Gündoğan, Rio Ferdinand and Owen Farrell, and Alex Scott and Troy Deeney. 

Prince William reassures Gareth Southgate speaking about mental health is ‘not a weakness’

Prince William reassured England football manager Gareth Southgate that it’s ‘not a weakness’ to speak about mental health when the pair met at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk earlier this month.      

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro ’96 started of his understanding about mental health. 

Discussing his campaign, William added: ‘The idea of being able to talk about it is not a weakness. 

Prince William (right) reassured England football manager Gareth Southgate (left) that it’s ‘not a weakness’ to speak about mental health when the pair met at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk earlier this month

‘The idea of being able to be open about your emotions and fix a problem is a positive, it’s a strength, not a weakness. 

‘And I think that that culture is something that we hopefully are seeing a slight shift in.’   

It comes after William appeared of BBC 5Live’s That Peter Crouch podcast earlier this week, where he joked he would use his role as president of the FA to sack the manager if England had a bad run of form.

William, has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

William (left)  has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. He is pictured with Gareth (right)

William (left)  has been staying at Amner Hall on the estate during lockdown with wife Kate Middleton, 38. and children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. He is pictured with Gareth (right)

The pair stayed two metres apart and adhered to social-distancing measures throughout the video.  

Speaking to the second-in-line, Gareth said: ‘I had quite a high profile situation in missing a penalty with England. Without doubt when I look back that was professionally the most challenging situation I’ve been in. 

‘You’re in a position where the is in the biggest game they’ve had for 50 years – I forget how many years of hurt we’ve had.

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro '96 started of his understanding about mental health. Gareth is pictured being consoled by Stuart Pearce after missing the shot 24 years ago

In a video released today by the Heads Up campaign, Gareth, 49, speaks candidly to the Duke of Cambridge, 38, about his mental health and how being in the public eye has affected him over the years, citing that famously missing a penalty in semi-finals of Euro ’96 started of his understanding about mental health. Gareth is pictured being consoled by Stuart Pearce after missing the shot 24 years ago 

‘The country was on a tidal wave of good emotion and feeling, and you walk away from the stadium feeling you’re the person that’s responsible for that feeling.

‘I didn’t feel anger, jut regret, remorse and responsibility, and to a small degree that still lives with me.

‘To have failed under pressure under that huge spotlight is hard professionally to take.

When asked by the Duke if it’s still fair we’re talking about it, Gareth added: ‘It’s tough because even now I have regrets for the team I played with. 

King of the comeback! Gareth said he has been redeemed since missing the shot in 1996, he is pictured celebrating an England win at the 2018 World Cup, where he took the team to the semi-fials

King of the comeback! Gareth said he has been redeemed since missing the shot in 1996, he is pictured celebrating an England win at the 2018 World Cup, where he took the team to the semi-fials

‘I’ve had an element of resurrection and redemption but the team I played with lost the opportunity to win a major tournament and those guys didn’t get another chance.

‘Because we’ve been sat at home all summer everyone is replaying those games, I can’t avoid it.  There’s a reality we have to face, I can’t hide from the face it happened, we have a decision and a choice to how to deal with it.

Gareth, who lead England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 last summer, added that the pandemic has put things into perspective for him.

William's chat with Gareth comes after he appeared on That Peter Crouch podcast, whree he was asked if what he would do if England had a 'disastrous run of form'. Prince William said he would sack manager Gareth Southgate, much to the amusement of Peter.  Pictured (from left) is William, Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark at Kensington Palace in March

William’s chat with Gareth comes after he appeared on That Peter Crouch podcast, whree he was asked if what he would do if England had a ‘disastrous run of form’. Prince William said he would sack manager Gareth Southgate, much to the amusement of Peter.  Pictured (from left) is William, Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark at Kensington Palace in March 

The Duke also asked the manager if there was more of a formal structure around the team in 1996 if he’d have coped better. 

‘I remember going back to the hotel and sitting with [former player] Stuart Pearce, who lived through what I was going to live through, he was available immediately to tell me what I was going to experience, which was invaluable really.

‘When you’ve messed up as badly as I have, and you’ve realised that’s the worst you’re going to face, professionally that liberates you, to say “right, lets just attack life”‘.

‘Similar, when I was a young manager and lost my job, there’s a loss of self-esteem, and a lot of people are going to experience that over the next few months sadly, it’s a huge blow, and you don’t know how to talk to people walking down the street. You assume that everyone is looking at you and their probably not.

‘But the inner voice in your head, which is such a key to wellbeing, is telling you all these things is catastrophic.

William also asked Gareth what he was doing as England manger to make sure there was support in place.

 ‘If you look at what’s important for young players, old players,  and society generally, especially with everything that’s happened over the last few months – then people’s mental health is one of our primary focuses, it will have such a big affect on our society.

‘The whole world is going through a challenging period. I recognise as a manager I need to step up and make sure even more that to begin with our own players are cared for. 

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health 

‘The message in a high profile way can influence our thinking.  

William also asked Gareth if there was a message he wanted to give football fans an the wider community struggling with mental health. 

‘I think there is very often this feeling “I’m the only one, there’s nowhere to go” and some of the most successful people in the world have had these issues or have problems with self-confidence, self-belief. 

‘It doesn’t have to be an extreme case. There are various issues with people’s mental health, that can affect how they feel or how they perform and it’s making sure that we don’t feel that there’s a stigma for people, that it’s acceptable to look for help.’    

The release of the final #SoundofSupport film comes ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup Final, which has been officially renamed in honour of mental health awareness, helping to spark a national conversation about mental health. 

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch's podcast to talk about mental health. The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa's top scorer. He is pictured with George in September at the seven-year-old's school, Thomas' Battersea

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch’s podcast to talk about mental health. The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa’s top scorer. He is pictured with George in September at the seven-year-old’s school, Thomas’ Battersea

The Prince also appeared on Peter Crouch’s podcast to talk about mental health.

The podcast, which was released this week, sees the Duke serving curry to the striker and his co-hosts  Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark, and joking about how Prince George could becoming Aston Villa’s top scorer.

To mark the culmination of the campaign, this evening The Duke of Cambridge will host an outdoor screening of the Heads Up FA Cup Final on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, attended by a small group of frontline workers, beneficiaries of the campaign’s charity partners, local fans, and Heads Up ambassadors. 

The six-part #SoundOfSupport series features current and former players, managers and well-known fans paired up to have candid conversations about mental health, with the aim to help football fans, and men in particular, feel comfortable and confident in reaching out for support if they need it. 

Other films in the series include Jesse Lingard and Maya Jama, Jürgen Klopp and Andy Robertson, Phil Foden and İlkay Gündoğan, Rio Ferdinand and Owen Farrell, and Alex Scott and Troy Deeney.