Prince William & Kate called into hospitals to thank medical staff for their work


As we all know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remain keen about all things. They are keen to tell people they are keen. They are keen to think about working. They are keen to consider helping people. They are especially keen to spread stories about how they’re basically the king and queen regents given the current pandemic. It’s actually been a rocky road for their keenness – they so badly want to be front and center, but they also want to isolate in Norfolk and do nothing. So, with all that being said, I’m not completely complaining about this: William and Kate called medical personnel to personally thank them for the work they’ve done. W&K called from Anmer Hall and William, to his credit, sounds completely genuine.

The Cambridges called the staff at Queen’s Hospital Burton in Staffordshire and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire. According to Kensington Palace, “The NHS workers, including doctors and nurses, told the Duke and Duchess about the invaluable support they have received from their local communities as well as how they are supporting each other as they work through this crisis.” William is the only one heard in the clip released by KP, and he’s speaking for himself and Kate when he tells them “how proud we are of all of you and how amazingly you are all doing under extreme circumstances. I know all of you see this as your job and that you get on with it, but this is a different level and you guys are doing an incredible job.”

I mean… I’ve been saying for weeks that it’s taken way too long for the Windsors to make adjustments to this crisis and what the public needs and wants from them. I still can’t f–king believe that the Queen has not been put on camera to make any kind of statement of thanks (to medical workers) or support to the nation. I can’t believe that Will & Kate thought that visiting an emergency call center on March 20th was a good idea. I can’t believe it took so long for ALL of them to shut down their schedules and isolate. But now that they’re all finally doing the right thing, yeah, this is what they should be doing – making calls, supporting medical workers, showing compassion. It’s utterly bizarre that Kate – with all of her keenness for early childhood development – hasn’t done *something* on social media about children and how to talk to them during the pandemic, or how to educate or anything like that.

Oh, just as I wrote that about the Queen, this came out:

What took her so long, Jesus.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Ambulance Service during the Coronavirus crisis!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, KP.

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  1. Lady D says:

    These lazy bastards used the phone call on the Court Circular as work. They can’t do one flipping thing out of the goodness of their hearts. Everything they do has a price and the masses have to pay it. One day it will be the Cambridges turn to pay.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Why should the royal family do anything? They’re not doctors, or psychologists, or business leaders, or school administrators. They have no particular education, intelligence, or experience in guiding anyone through a medical emergency. The best thing they could do is stay home and be quiet. Every phone call William makes is taking valuable time away from the person on the other end. I’m sorry (not really) to point out to all Brits that their royal family really is useless. Letting them stay home and be silent is the best “use” of their “talents.”

      • carmen says:

        Totally agree. Also, healthcare professionals do not need validation from these two. They do more for humanity in one shift than W&K have in their lifetime.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        The thing is, the institution is ingrained into the Brits national identity, so for these workers, maybe being cheered on and appreciated by their prince, the FFK, matters to THEM. It may not matter to you and me, Mrs.Krabapple and Carmen, but it might matter the the people they are calling. The healthcare professionals might appreciate being able to sit down for a moment and hear their FFK say ‘thanks’. Appreciation matters, and in one sense, FFK is speaking to them on behalf of the whole nation…so who are we to judge whether or not it was a useful call?
        That it becomes part of their work count, now THAT’S what’s pathetic in my book.
        It ought never to have been published…leaked maybe, by the professionals themselves…yes, we spoke to FFK a week ago and he voiced his appreciation, but that FFK advertised what he did….now, that to me is the gross part of all of this.

      • ➕💯 Prayer Warrior. I agree with you. If announced, why not let it come from the hospitals instead of them. I love it when Meghan did something on the QT and let the organization release it first! So classy. I would also say that a few phone calls is a bit of VERY LIGHT work. These two could do so much more as Kaiser indicates in her comments. How about a short clip showing children how to wash their hands, reading a story, buying lunch for various groups on the front line, publicly making a monetary donation to support these workers’ children or an equally worthy cause which might encourage others to give. I could come up with at least 10-15 more ideas. Yet all we get is an ill timed visit, a blurry video of their children clapping, and 2 phone calls of support. Also, were the calls done 3 weeks ago when those phone call photos were taken or were the calls more recent. If more recent than goody for them cause that would count as 3 ticks on the calendar, right? —- Ill advised visit to call center, photo op of them calling their patronage’s, and now calls to hospitals. Did they count the children clapping? I’m curious as one of them probably recorded that clip. —- They truly are a couple of lazy KEEN sods. And then to count any of this on the court calendar truly shows what is really important to them; It’s not the British people, it’s the tally on their calendar. So, kudos on the clapping and the calls, but please try harder. After all this is why you drove the Sussexes out isn’t it? So they got out of the way of your light.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Yes, and I’m sure the medical staff who were actually working did not appreciate having to stop what they were doing to listen to these useless fools’ phone call/padding their event numbers bs.

      I work from home, have done for years. My husband is suddenly off work with the quarantine, and today, he decided to “help” me adjust my posture while I was in the middle of a tedious task for work (aka- he has too much free time and interrupted me). I almost ripped his head off. I can’t imagine my response if I was in the middle of doing highly pressured, time sensitive and urgent life saving work and a couple jackasses with terrible work ethic wanted me to take their call so they could “thank” me for doing what I was already doing. psssssh.

    • minx says:

      The whole silly “monarchy” should be liquidated, and turn out all of these freeloaders. Think of the good that could be done with all that money.

    • Tessa says:

      The two of them laughing at that center was just gross.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        Was it Kate who was all smiles and thumbs up outside a children’s hospice once? Here’s my theory: when Kate is looking serious or neutral, her face sags. Like, a LOT. It ages her by about 10-15 years. The smiling is like a temporary face-lift. And as we all know the most important thing about Kate is her superficial appearance.

        But I have no idea/excuse for William.

  2. Digital Unicorn says:

    I wonder if this was done on the same day as their call centre visit?!?! Drip dripping bits of info from the same engagement seems like it’s going to be their new PR strategy.

    Also Chuck just opened a new virus hospital today via video link – can’t even let the real heir have some good press. The PR war between the heir’s is on, it’s only a matter of time before William starts leaking about his father to appease the tabloids who have him by the balls.

    • Silas says:

      Don’t forget about us!

    • Suz says:

      But remember when evil Meghan stole Camilla’s thunder by visiting a theatre on the same day as her speech? Is the DM or Sun going to demonize William for stealing Daddy’s thunder? No? Oh. Okay I see how this works.

    • I noticed that too, Digital Unicorn. Talk about stepping on another royal’s press cycle! I guess that bit of internal royal courtesy just applied to Meghan.

  3. Silas says:

    When William tries, he can be quite good at the job. He has always had potential. His arrogance is the issue.

    Kate also has potential but her interest is centered on her family and kids. She doesn’t care about pleasing anyone else. She can recommend what she’s doing in her home but that may be the extent of her knowledge.

    • kellebelle says:

      Kate’s knowledge doesn’t extend much beyond being a dull royal broodmare, sorry.

      • Silas says:

        What does that mean?

      • kellebelle says:

        I see you corrected my already-correct punctuation on another post. This post means exactly what it says. That’s basically all Kate is. No depth, no curiosity, no intellect, no public speaking skills, no charisma, no real personal style. She can barely face an audience nor even read a prepared speech. No crimes, just facts. The kids are her only “talent.” Royal brood mare is self-explanatory. Her projects are only to justify her existence is all. A garden and a survey, okay. Compare that to Meghan now. Enough said.

      • Silas says:

        I corrected your punctuation? What?

        Do people think I’m defending Kate’s lack of effort? @Kellebelle. You posted a reply to me and I asked for more on that.

        I think Kate is intelligent and hardworking and dedicated but only to herself and her family and because of that she has failed at the public servant aspect of her job while using underhanded tactics to pretend that she hasn’t.

      • kellebelle says:

        @Silas, sorry, that was another poster. Sorry about that. I’m not saying any of these things are crimes but her “projects” aren’t anywhere NEAR what Meghan generated and did for the British economy and the underprivileged. She may be intelligent in her way but to hear her speak and see her inability to face an audience is painful to watch. Even William looks lost. Even in their engagement interview she didn’t seem to know what to say.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate is not expected to just stay home with the kids. She did not work much even before the children were born.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate lost any hope of potential when she started shirking work soon after she got married. SHe idled away waiting for the proposal.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Unless one of these headlines start with “Prince William & Kate Wrote a Cheque” I really don’t care. I don’t want to see a single celebrity or Royal (same diff) given credit or publicity for providing “moral support” unless they have also opened their g*ddamn wallets.

    • Jaz says:

      Totally agree. I could care less if the BRF make a public address or call some NHS workers. Open your GD wallets and make a donation to the NHS or at least let some of your palaces or other useless royal land be used for the NHS. A public address or a call is just shameless PR that’s not doing anything to help fight COVID.

    • Tessa says:

      Would it make those front line workers feel better that William called? I doubt it. What a joke.

      • Mara says:

        There are over half a million people working NHS. Some of them will be republicans who don’t want to hear from William at all. Some of them will just appreciate any break from the endless work that is responding to a pandemic. Some of them will enjoy speaking to someone famous and this is will be a fun anecdote they can share with friends and look back on fondly. Some of them will be royalists and this will be the highlight of a very difficult time. A few of them will be diehard royalists and this will be the highlight of their lives.

      • yinyang says:

        These poor workers look preoccupied and tired. This is not a good PR move for the RF, and since they haven’t donated a penny, it’s only pr.

    • EveV says:

      Totally agree with this… A phone call?! I think it’s a fuc&ing joke! How about opening up their wallets to donate or doing something nice, like a gift card (or something!) for the nurses and doctors they called “to give their thanks.” Just ridiculous. Also, they could’ve held off on releasing this until tomorrow so Prince Charles could have had his moment to shine after recovering from Covid19.

    • yinyang says:


    • ➕💯👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Mia4s. They could of at least have had lunch brought into those two hospitals on the day they made calls. I don’t see any real effort on their part in making the calls. Their staff probably even dialed the numbers for them. Sure the calls were nice, but they in no way reached everyone working across all shifts. They were on speaker to a very few, carefully selected personnel for all of 5 minutes. Work smarter, bigger, and harder and prove you care. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS! If a singer or an actor can do something thoughtful that has more positive lasting impact, surely they can too.

  5. kellebelle says:

    How exhausting, how superficial, just for good press. As superficial as it gets. I’m sure this took a HUGE chunk out of his day.

  6. Neners says:

    Either do something concrete to help support doctors and nurses or leave them the f**k alone and let them work.

  7. Margareth says:

    It’s disgusting how they use the virus to have good press.

  8. Harper says:

    Did I miss Kate’s posh gobblydygook voice somewhere here? Because it still seems to me as if she ain’t doing nothing right now.

    And oh, just FYI. I read the Daily Fail comments for this article. The peasants are starting to look around for their pitchforks. Not happy with the lazy bums holed away in their castles and large estates while the rest of the public panic. Irrelevant and useless are starting to trend with them.

    Even Sarah and Eugenie had the sense to be photographed delivering food baskets.

  9. Suzy says:

    Once you realize that this is all they’re really good for, symbolism and moral support from a distance, the complete uselessness of the RF becomes more jarring. The UK seems to value the largely superficial gestures that the royals provide, however, so well done Will and Kate. People on here may dislike them, but they’re good reps for the family.

    • HeySanDiego says:

      I agree with your point. This is all they are good for and this just shows that they are winning the PR right game now. It’s so unfortunate that these little phone calls and visits to the call center is getting the British public on their side. The views and comments on their instagram is extremely high and very positive.

  10. M Narang says:

    What healthcare professionals need is protective gear & ventilators. What the public needs is money for food & shelter. I don’t understand what these PR stunts are meant to accomplish or how they are helpful except to camouflage what a poor job the government is doing.

    • carmen says:

      Excellent point! A generous donation of much needed equipment from the royals would be most welcome I’m sure.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Are there any available PPE gear ensembles & ventilators for immediate purchased?

    • Thirtynine says:

      Yes, this, I agree. There must be some in the world, I keep reading countries are getting them from China. With Prince Charles’ contacts and resources he could source some for sure. I dont see how the government could be against a private donation of essential equipment. I can’t think of anything which would get him better press and make an impact on fighting the virus and protecting his people right now. Just say “I know you need these, I was able to find some, the Government is working hard, I know, but please accept this as a small way in which I could help.” Charles, if you’re out there- could you give it a try?

  11. Cosmo says:

    Did William apologize for his bad joke about the virus? These people must wonder about this idiot. Do the dullards need press that bad.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      So apparently the Marquess of Bath died from Covid-19. That must be f*cking hilarious to William.

  12. Sanaa says:

    Okay but why is anyone so bothered by the royals “not doing anything”? I’m not and I’m British. The only good thing that can happen Royal related is if the institution is abolished. Anything less than that is just PR and I’m not going to be bothered by them saying something or not saying something, it doesn’t “comfort” me. I can’t be bothered to be mad at specific individuals and specific actions. Any other British people feel this way?

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      @Sanaa I am bothered by this, the audacity of these two using this pandemic to score pr points is just distasteful at this point, and to put it down as ‘work’ is an insult to the very people they were calling to boost their moral.
      Our NHS staff are on the front line risking their lives everyday helping people without the protective gear they need, they are dying because our government has failed to provide what they need, today two young nurses died of the virus leaving behind three children, and today we have these two conducting their pr stunt and expecting payment for it, they couldnt find it in their hearts to do something out of goodness and our media are praising them for it! It’s a slap in the face to ALL us Brits the way we get played by these two ninnys, they should just shut up and let the Queen and Charles do their thing as they are the ‘head’ and the ‘head’ in waiting.

      • Sanaa says:

        @Bohemian, fair enough. I understand your point of view. As I mentioned, I’m also British so I’m aware of the terrible situation all around and how much the NHS is doing. I’m from London so we are scared and stressed out here. I guess i just can’t muster up the energy to be mad at these ridiculous people! But of course if I sit and think about all of it, yeah it’s a disgrace…

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        Londoner here too and cancer patient, the NHS has done so much for me these past months, for my daughter who was poorly when she was little and my late mother, when you witness how hard these people work and how pressurised and overworked they are, so I suppose I find this pr stunt insulting on their behalf. It’s very scary at the moment I agree but we should be bothered about what the ‘royals’ are doing, we do let them get away with too much, more outrage about Meghan existing in the world than Andrew’s rape crimes.

      • Yeah, how about doing the work to set up, seed, and support a fund for children of health care workers impacted by the loss of a parent to this virus? Now that would be something visibly concrete. Course they would have to put in some fast work effort to be truly helpful.

  13. aquarius64 says:

    Open up your personal bank accounts to pay for PPE then hen I would be impressed. The queen offering Sandringham as a hospital base is a good touch. Sorry I don’t.feel like giving credit to people who were deliberately cruel to the Sussexes out of jealousy.and sicced the press on them.

  14. February Pisces says:

    They even got dragged in the DM comments for adding this to the court curricular which is weird cos they never post anything even slightly negative. I think summit could be doing down between the Cambridge’s and the press. Anyway this is so self serving. I can’t believe they are classing a phonecall as work. What an absolute joke and a slap in the face to those people working on the front line who are risking their lives everyday.
    This was their opportunity to show what they are really made off, with the queen and Charles stepping aside cos they are classed as vulnerable, and H+M gone. But they are well and truly cocking it up, as the PR stunts are becoming more transparent. None of their photo ops have actually involved them helping people.

    • Nic919 says:

      Getting CC credit for a phone call is even worse than an at home meeting. And Kate didn’t even speak. Of course they deserve to be mocked because this is less than minimal effort.

      Perhaps had they not announced how they would be leading the charge against covid this wouldn’t look so foolish.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I looked it up. SIX DAYS AGO was the story of how William and Kate were working “flat-out” and that royal sources told the Sunday Mirror: “In extraordinary times, you need an extraordinary effort.” Six days ago. Since then, we get William bothering some medical people at work with a useless phone call. Wow. “Extraordinary” effort indeed. These people are a d@mn joke, and it’s beyond my comprehension why British people are willing to use billions of dollars to keep the royals in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Billions of dollars that could go to better use.

  15. yinyang says:

    Someone pointed out the RF put this as an event so this gets listed as an offical engagement. What unindustrious people to praise a manchild to high heavens for saying thanks and why the need to let the tabloids know?!

  16. Jaded says:

    We all know what Meghan and Harry would have done in this situation if they hadn’t been chased out of the family and the country like a couple of criminals. They would have been working the phones rallying every contact in her little black book to donate to a fund-raiser. She would have done a virtual silent auction. She would have Skyped or Zoomed with patients and medical staff to show her compassion. What do these 2 f*cking idiots do? Make a 5 minute call….. |:-[

    • Harper says:

      Yes, and let us remember that Diana, back in her day, hugged an AIDS patient at a time when there was immense hysteria and fear about that disease being contagious. Now I’m not saying that Will and Kate need to be throwing their arms around Covid-19 patients, but there is no bravery and the minimum of effort in what they do. I was trying to figure out how long these calls probably took out of their day and I can’t imagine any scenario other than 15-18 minutes tops. One call scheduled at the top of the hour and the next call scheduled at a quarter past. A minute and a half on the phone and then done and back in front of the telly.

      • Tessa says:

        Diana would not have hugged patients of the virus. She would have had a charity set up to send needed equipment. AIDS never closed down entire countries. This virus is vicious. Diana would also have had enough sense not to play PR by visiting a call center in the midst of a crisis such as this.

      • Absolutely agree Tessa. Diana would have made a true difference and by her actions would have encouraged others to do the same. And I’ll bet the Sussexes — as private citizens —- are donating or doing something as they both have very caring hearts.

    • Marigold says:

      Exactly. Just…yeah, Jaded. Exactly.

    • NVYwife says:

      So why aren’t they doing that now?

  17. Sarah I the first sarah says:

    Honestly, I think all this is PR to stay up, but especially to make up for how incredibly STUPID and callow and childish he sounded by the remark he made on his visit to Ireland. I also still don’t think they can get away from the specter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who were so very keen and engaged. I’m not saying the man doesn’t care, but my goodness, what a boob he looked like. I’m sill mad at them. History repeats itself. William’s father was jealous of his wife because she was so much more popular and wanted than him. His fragile ego couldn’t take it.

  18. paddingtonjr says:

    Did Kate at least dial the number? Because I’m just seeing William here. How about an auction of any number of Kate’s coat dresses to raise money? How many auctions of Diana’s gowns have there been before and after her passing? How about hand-drawn cards by the kids (or at least a banner)? There are so many things W&K could do that could mean more than a 5 minute call. Whether W&K do anything doesn’t really make a difference, but if they want to be seen as “leaders”, they should at least do something meaningful.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sophie has a few videos out with her doing video conference calls with her patronages. They can’t even show that Kate even spoke on this phone call. I’m still waiting for confirmation that she and William are even in the same location because frankly that’s a bit of an assumption at this point.
      Kate has been utterly useless so far and as future future queen she should be stepping up way more than the spouse of the third son of the Queen. People in the UK are dying and scared and if the monarchy is supposed to provide moral support then she has failed enormously at this task.

  19. Marie says:

    I can’t believe these two actually put this phone call down as a work engagement…the audacity….

    I also can’t believe Kate hasn’t done anything for the children. It would be great if she did a video of her reading a story or a video on how to explain this virus to kids, etc. I mean, she has studied early learning for 8 freaking years and has done a 5 question survey!

  20. Awkward symphony says:

    The keenbridges cant miss a chance for PR! They could’ve just sent flowers and a letter but nope they had to release it at the same time Charles was video conferencing opening a make shift hospital. Not suprised their media contacts were understanding of this little stunt whilst they accused Meghan of overshadowing Camila’s speech.

    Also I think this was recorded WEEKS AGO! Notice how these two insecure & PR obsessed people haven’t shared pictures!! Its very likely it was recorded last week and they released it as a separate event!!🙄

  21. Awkward symphony says:

    “I can’t believe these two actually put this phone call down as a work engagement…the audacity….

    I also can’t believe Kate hasn’t done anything for the children. It would be great if she did a video of her reading a story or a video on how to explain this virus to kids, etc. I mean, she has studied early learning for 8 freaking years and has done a 5 question survey!”

    What’s most surprising is how she’s been silent despite her being patron of nurses2020 campaign!! I mean it boggles the mind how these two pr obsessed idiots thought going to a NHS call centre for photoshoot was good idea but NOT to actually highlight her own charity and maybe share video encouraging people to volunteer/give food..etc!!

    • Harla says:

      @ awkward symphony, and we wonder why one of Kate’s charities had to close due to lack of funding and why another has had Ed Shereen take over.

    • Nic919 says:

      Nurses in the UK are dying and Kate is silent. What an utterly useless patron. As if she can’t take five minutes to do a quick video to support all of them.

  22. Awkward symphony says:

    @HARLA I know right! They are surrounded by yes men who cant dare tell them the truth for fear of losing their jobs+ majority brexiteer head staff that have their own agenda. I cant understand how they are not taking initiative to fundraise remotely especially as NormalBill took over the control of a disaster fund. He only mentioned it ONCE weeks ago and hasnt done anything about it.

    The Queen’s last minute recording will hopefully be their wake up call. Just go read the comments under daily fail article. Even the trolls are not buying it and are fed up with these pretensions fools.

  23. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Ok, but did they write a check to help out? No? Then this was a waste of time.

  24. TheOriginalMia says:

    I said a week ago Kate should have made a video with the kids showing proper hand washing or showing stuff to do with the kids in quarantine. She missed her opportunity to do something real and uplifting for Broken Britain.

    William’s call and the Queen’s address are too little, too late. William’s reek of PR and the Queen’s is downright suspicious. She either had COVID or just didn’t think it was necessary to address the country.

  25. RoyalBlue says:

    Frankly I don’t care to see Kate showing off her children Washing their hands. She is too late for that and many others have already done the same. I don’t like her using the children for popularity points, so the public cries for her to show them off just doesn’t resonate with me.