Duchess Kate & William did a Zoom video with the children of NHS workers

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By my records, it seemed like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge only began their quarantine around March 21st, which is still weeks later than most European countries and most of North America. Part of the reason for the delay was because Prince William wanted to be the last royal standing during the crisis. He obviously thought it would be a good image, with his grandmother and father already in isolation, to step out and do public events. Like the “event” at the emergency call center, where he and Kate stood too close to frontline medical workers all so the Cambridges could have a keen photo-op.

Soon after, they went into isolation in Norfolk, and in the weeks that followed, Will & Kate struggled to find a way to hog the spotlight and promote themselves as some kind of King and Queen Regent. They were honestly sort of tone-deaf about what people actually wanted and needed from them. This was the moment to show a deftness with social media and a little bit of humanity. Would it have been so hard for Kate to make a video about reading to kids, or do some kind of special message/video/post about nurses (one of her patronages, remember)? Instead, we just got a lot of PR pushes in the tabloids about how Will & Kate are very keen. Like always. Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla were doing cool stuff like “calling and checking in with seniors,” “opening a hospital remotely,” “contributing a poem recitation for Wordsworth’s birthday” and “making speeches about loneliness.”

All of which to say, William and Kate finally figured it out. It took them weeks and after all that, they just decided to copy some of the stuff other royals are doing. William and Kate did a series of Zoom chats with students at Casterton Primary Academy, which is still open, but only for the children of NHS workers and emergency personnel. The kids got bunny ears and a “Happy Easter” from Will & Kate. No shade, it’s a cute video and Kate in particular looks and sounds great (and like she’s gotten some sun, right?). But… *whispers* shouldn’t they have been doing this kind of thing for weeks now??

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  1. Laalaa says:

    Saw this on twitter last night, made me smile, she looks great and I particularly loved the sentence she said to kids: My name is Catherine and this is William.

    • Aang says:

      I agree. It’s cute.

      • Tessa says:

        Seems a bit too affected to me.

      • tempest prognosticator says:

        That was cute. Kate was charming. The kids were adorable. Wills was fine. Two thumbs up!

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        It’s patronizing and staged, like everything William and Kate do. As if the kids didn’t already know who they were going to be speaking to (there would have been legal releases to use the kids’ images and names, all set up in advance).

        But, I guess in the minds of British people, this type of thing “justifies” having a monarchy? The billions of dollars are well spent, I guess?

      • Pepper says:

        It seems miserable to be miserable or critical about this seemingly harmless and positive act but I couldn’t help but be annoyed when Kate went on about the parents working and asking one child if their mother was “still working?”. It’s just the irony coming from someone who has never really worked herself despite having had the opportunity, to but is now scoring points by applauding the fact that other people sure do work!

    • Mei says:

      I think it was nice, they both looked relaxed and engaged (Kate more so). They should do a lot more of these to different schools, it would help them to be more natural and conversational when public speaking.

      Kate also looks great, this is one of her best looks to date I’d say.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Mmmm, sure but I sense they are both still trying to copy the Sussexes. Kate gets some sun to put more color in her face which gives her a better look. And the way she’s pulled back her hair in a straighter style looks suspiciously like Meghan’s styling during her trip back to London in early March.

        It certainly took these two long enough to figure out doing something of this nature, instead of the more staged p.r. with them looking constipated with faux concern. While watching this video, I couldn’t help but remember Wills joking with air ambulance workers about the Coronavirus, and how he and Kate were ‘spreading it.’ 🤨

        I’ll bet anything that W&K had to be helped by staffers, maybe even their new staffer, David Watkins, in how best to reach out. They don’t have an original thought in their own heads. They’ve proven that. I wouldn’t be as harsh on them if they weren’t so petty, insecure, and jealous.

        Kate’s insecurity and her need for ‘Mommy approval’ her entire life, is what makes her such a mean girl. This latest effort, while better than what they’ve done to date re the current crisis, is still just part of the Lamebridges’ efforts to seem relevant, and to try and burnish their image. Therefore, it’s less genuine than they are trying to make it look.

        Perhaps they are beginning to feel good about M&H being ‘out of the way,’ as long as they can continue to secretly copy them and to steal as many of their ideas as possible. They also likely feel thrilled about copping David Watkins who formerly worked so closely with Meghan on the Sussex Instagram.

  2. Ali says:

    So this isnt drawing focus away from Charles and Camilla’s wedding anniversary story?

    No issue with this announcement?

    Cool, cool, cool

    • Belli says:

      “Trying to hog the limelight” stories in 3… 2… Never.

    • Tessa says:

      LOL. The Sussexes would be trashed had they issued a video during the anniversary. These two will be praised as saints. Double standard galore.

    • VS says:

      Exactly………it would have been how Meghan is attention-seeking, forcing poor H to steal the spotlight from his father………the fact that people don’t even comment on the hypocrisy tells what you need to know about those attention-seeking spotlight articles……..it is just pure jealousy/envy at someone being so good at their what they do

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Those “attention-seeking spotlight articles” are published for one reason and one reason only, they generate click$ for revenue$.

      • VS says:

        but that’s the problem. Those articles make money because there are some who read them…….if no one paid attention like when we see two members of the RF being out at the same time, then those articles won’t be written anymore…….but who am I kidding?

  3. Ali says:

    Somewhere the Swedish royals are laughing.

    Zoom calls? Ha!

    • Eleonor says:

      I have to admit: usually Swedish royals are good at their own jobs, how could they be worst than the Cambridge is a mistery.

    • Chica71 says:

      Ali.. Felipe and Letizia has been doing this since day one, together and apart, too

  4. manda says:

    She does look good. I would never pick that hideous shade of mustard for myself, but it looks good and I like the earrings

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Kate is still trying to copy Meghan though. I think it’s pretty obvious, and it looks forced. Kate is the Queen of cosplay. That’s why Kate has no real identifiable style of her own. She’s a follower, not a leader.

      It’s Kate’s privileged status that embiggens her. If she would just stop being so petty and insecure and jealous, and acknowledge her own shortcomings, that would be a good start. Then maybe she could work on herself without comparing herself to others. As a result, she might be able to project more genuine authenticity instead of copying and trying to channel others whom she envies.

  5. Eleonor says:

    Finally something good from these two.
    They made those children smile so no shade from me.

    • Sunshine says:

      Eleanor that’s David doing his job.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        ^^ Exactly @sunshine. This!!! It’s so obvious. Kate is copying Meghan all the way. Straight hair pulled back. More color in her face. Bright cheery yellow top and the smiling which comes off false on Kate. Even the earrings pick up on Meghan’s style aesthetic.

        Both W&K are overly self-conscious with this effort, but it’s a better foot forward, because they had help. They don’t have any ideas worth anything themselves. So copying and jumping on coattails continues to be their M.O.

  6. Becks1 says:

    this is a cute video and Kate looks nice here, and def sounded more relaxed than usual. Their new social media hire is already paying off.

    Kind of funny because I would have expected them to be the first royals to do something like this – but even Sophie beat them to it.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      The thirst is real with Sophie.

      But good jobs overall! 🙂

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Sophie was practically salivating about “moving up the pecking order”. It was apparent with the way she totally froze out H&M at the CW service.

      • Nic919 says:

        She was, but in terms of doing videos she didn’t need to be prompted to do things by embarrassment. She understood how to respond quickly and provide a relevant message early on.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh Sophie was horrible at the CW service. But, she is definitely better at the role of “working royal” than Kate – like leaps and bounds better.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Oh you’re absolutely right about Sophie, she was just about ready to physically tackle H+M out of the way. 😂 Still, just because she’s parched as hell doesn’t mean she’s a nitwit. You only need the most minimal levels of imagination to dream up these initiatives, so I’m not surprised she got on board early.

        The Cambridges though are another matter entirely. When you completely lack any whiff of imagination whatsoever like they do, you’re always on the back foot, constantly forced to steal other people’s used and discarded projects because you just lack the ideas, passion or gumption to ever dream up any of your own.

        Back to Sophie, after decades of enduring countless Tin + Diamanté + Glitter tiaras, I can somewhat understand her desperation to move up the ladder. The only thing is, surely, she’s savvy enough to know that after so recently having their clout threatened by the Sussexes, the Cambridges are in no mood whatsoever to share even a millimeter of the edge of that stage with anyone. Not even to a couple as aggressively dull and non-threatening as they are.

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t think the Cambridges lack imagination. I think they just don’t care that much and only do the bare minimum when they must. If they were truly concerned about the kids and nurses then a zoom meeting would have been done weeks ago. They are young enough and familiar enough with technology that they can’t pretend using zoom is complicated.

        I won’t defend Sophie’s behaviour at the service. It was cloying and embarrassing. But it also shows that Kate and William are pulling rank and she is acting accordingly. Interesting that the commoner who was supposed to bring the monarchy down to earth is one of the worst about made up rank.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nic919, they do lack both imagination and caring. Hello Magazine published a story yesterday. W&K’s Foundation just trademarked the word HEADFIT for a mental health project and app.

        Harry announced in October that HE is doing a mental health initiative and website called HEADFit, in partnership with UK Defence Medical Services.

        Either W&K are that stupid or that abusive – they’re openly stealing Harry’s already-announced project.

      • Nic919 says:

        I saw that nota…. either they think people are too stupid to notice or the UK media is so far up their ass they won’t question this. The tweets from the minister of defence certainly confirm Harry was the only one involved with Headfit in October.

        This really starts to add more substance to the rumour that will and Kate were trying to divert the cookbook money to their foundation and not the women themselves.

  7. Belli says:

    Yes, they should have been doing this ages ago instead of standing close to people with an important job to do and trying to look oh so serious, but thankfully they got their behinds in gear. The video is sweet and will have earned them a lot more PR points than that visit. Perhaps we’re seeing the guiding hand of their new social media manager already…

    Any news on William’s return to helicopter (co-)piloting? Or his training with Shout?

    • Tessa says:

      If he had any brains, he would not even think of “offering his services” to co pilot copters.

  8. Mustlovedogs says:

    I swear they have been reading CB comments….

    • sunny says:

      Lol. I think so too. I mean, this is very sweet and she looks terrific but I can’t help but think their staff must be getting ideas from the Internet. The wonderful posters here have been suggesting ideas like this for like 3 weeks.

      Oh well, it is a good thing so not sure I care how it happened.

  9. Florence says:

    Creepy puppet grinning there.

  10. Kath says:

    I don’t know ,the UK are in a desperate situation at De min nearly 1000 people died yesterday, terribly bleak and sad. I watched this clip and it was a definite boost to the teachers and the children of that school but l found these two quiet fake actually , unlike Prince Charles whom l thought to be very genuine in his thoughts , did u notice how pis sed off William was when Kate or Catherine kept talking over him !!!! Lastly would these two not be better delivering Foods or Easter goodies to the Elderly or Schools like these in their areas ? I just find this a big waste of time when at least one of them should be out there doing something to help their people or subjects as William called them previously !! Last but not least big shout out to Euguenie to her mum Sarah who are delivering foods to hospitals xx

  11. BayTampaBay says:

    I have always felt that Bill and Cathy are just socially inept.

    I have been told that Anne and Charles III do come off as very regal in person but also VERY interested in a “Tell me about what you are doing” way. You cannot fake the Chucky & Annie type of sincerity.

    As for Camilla: (me waving very strongly and smiling very broadly)……….”Hey Girl, come sit next to me, I saved you a seat. I have a cork screw in my purse”!

    • Aria says:

      Chuck was very intelligent in that whole crowd . But meghan is smart , harry is empathetic and anne is anne. Keen cambridges are none of the above and that’s why chuck put one year review for Sussex beacuse he knows monarch will not be same with cambridges alone . They are work shy and I dont understand the point of this video where more people are died in uk. If this video before three weeks where uk in starting stage it’s ok. Where the tabloids outrage where cambridges stealing the spotlight from chuck and boris . Sussex was accused by an article but these two can get a pass beacuse their mighty white status.

      • Tessa says:

        Charles needs to do the right thing and bring back Harry and Meghan and Archie. Too bad if William and Kate don’t like it.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Tessa – I think that is great idea but I really do not think Meghan & Harry want to come back as nothing has or will ever change with The Daily Fail and its vile hater commentariat.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Aria, the point is that these kids are in “school” being cared for because their parents are first responders or NHS careworkers/doctors/nurses. It is a type of shout out to them, to appreciate them, and to lift the children’s spirits.

        I can find a LOT of fault with Won’t and Unable… but this effort, I think this one the get my kudos on. This DID make a difference for these kids. AND it was done w/out endangering anyone else.

    • Guest says:

      Why do women celebrate Camilla being a drunkard? She prob starts off her day with alcohol. Royal functional alcoholics should be praised, I guess? (She is not the only one) At least she has her own estate and doesn’t have to live with Charles everyday of the week. That would drive anyone to drink.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Guest – There is a running joke among the CB wine drinkers (which I am one of several) that if we had a ‘wine tasting party” the only Royal we want to sit beside is Camilla (because she acknowledged her preferred alcoholic beverage is wine) so we could get her tipsy and hope to get her to spill some great tea.

        No one is accusing Camilla of being an alcoholic and no is celebrating alcoholism. My comment is just lighthearted hokey-jokey snark.

  12. Kath says:

    Ohhhh Bay, would Def drink a few glasses of red with Camilla,,,,,, Image De gossip and stories she would tell !!!

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t want to hear what she has to say. She is pals with Penny Junor who writes awful things about the late Diana.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I would love the total lowdown on Penny Junor who is supposedly and/or always has been in-love with the future Charles III.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t want to hear what she has to say. She is pals with Penny Junor who writes awful things about the late Diana.

  13. Yoyo says:

    Although with England handling of Covid19, it is still shocking to see the number of deaths yesterday and that was just in institutions, not including the people that died at home.
    New Zealand and Germany are doing a great job being proactive.
    Now stories are coming out about the use of Ventilators, and it seems as though they are not the life savers that people thought they are suppose to be with Covid19.

    • Guest says:

      The UK has handled covid-19 TERRIBLY. Everything was too late, the country still hasn’t enforced a proper lockdown, people are still being allowed into the country without a 14 day quarantine period. If you thought nearly a thousand dying was bad.. buckle up because it is going to be so much worse in England. Now Brits are trying to deflect. Instead of blaming the government in charge they are blaming Public Health England and people who work for the nhs. The blame game is despicable. It all started with the governments lacklustre approach. The UK had seen what happened in Italy, France, Spain. They had NO excuses. Now sadly thousands more are going to die everyday.

  14. Vava says:

    nothing these two do will ever redeem them, in my opinion.

    • Lady D says:

      Not after this past year. Backstabbing, ugly insinuations of mental fragility, petty jealousy, vile racism and just about the most ignorant public treatment of family members ever witnessed. These two will go on as they are, she will run her petty little jealous kingdom, and he will run his willie all over the planet. She will pretend her jewels and homes make her happy and he will have the money and freedom to pretend he is happy. I think we can all admit they will never do anything to change the planet.

      • Guest says:

        To be fair I watched the South Aftica doc and Harry did say himself that he was suffering from PTSD. If he didn’t want that out there someone should have gone over those words which came out of his own mouth so then nobody could talk about his mental fragility. He described flashing lights/bulbs/cameras etc and the other things that he said about his own mental health. It was an own goal if he didn’t want that used against him. He isn’t naive, he knows how this works.

      • Tessa says:

        There is a double standard now one for Will and the other for Harry. If William talked about being upset over cameras clicking he’d be applauded for being “honest.” Harry when he said and talked of his reaction to his mother’s death this was painted as someone who could do nothing and was “mentally ill” and could not function and should go for “help.” This comes primarily by those who dislike Harry and Meghan and I have seen it in comments sections. But when William talked about being affected by his mother’s death he is applauded.

      • Nic919 says:

        His brother called him fragile… WTF is that for mental health acceptance??? It’s gaslighting him! The opposite of what you are supposed to do.

    • Nic919 says:

      Their behaviour at the CW service was the last straw for me. Prior to that it was behind the scenes comments to various tabloid people which could be denied as coming from someone else. Their faces that day showed their ugliness that day and it cannot be undone. There isn’t enough botox in the world to fix that.

      • Vava says:


      • ABritGuest says:

        When they launched heads together didn’t William, Harry& Kate say how important it is to talk about mental health openly& William said the stiff upper lip thing was damaging. Isnt that what all those chats in the pub etc is meant to encourage- open discourse.

        So for Harry to talk openly about his issues& then the palace to use it against him when briefing the press in similar tactic to when they were discrediting Diana before truth of Charles&Camilla came out& distance themselves from him, is appalling & why they don’t have any credibility as mental health advocates to me.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Agree. We see what they did and encouraged, and just seeing them, with no accountability makes me so angry. And they still attack the Sussexes over there. When you see how awful they really are, they can grin and rah-rah all they want, it’s just false. They’re jerks who use and abuse people.

  15. ABritGuest says:

    Cool if they gave the kids& teachers a boost& love that colour on Kate.

    I can see why the Queen was wheeled out on Sunday now rather than earlier. It’s really hit the fan in UK with 900 covid deaths announced yesterday & there are predictions per capita that UK is predicted to have the worst COVID-19 death toll in the world. The government’s handling has been shambolic when you compare to eg Germany despite ample time to prepare & the media are focusing more on Boris’ health than these stats. So think we will see more photo ops etc by the royals to help with the great distraction.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Unfortunately, the UK and US are feeling the very real effects of electing deeply incompetent leaders. Boris is a victim of his own ineptness and I really, really hope he doesn’t pay with his life. Not with an innocent baby on the way.

      This whole Covid 19 fiasco has made me wonder what hell would have been unleashed on the world if Boris and (especially) Trump had been leading us when the Ebola virus hit. It really doesn’t bear thinking about.

    • Mara says:

      The UK’s predicted to have the worst death toll in Europe which wouldn’t surprise me. I think the USA’s death toll will be higher although mainly because they have a larger population rather than them handling any worse.
      Sadly I suspect the worst hit countries will be those in the developing world who have fewer medical professionals and cannot afford all the testing and equipment needed. As us rich countries scramble to just look after ourselves, I really worry that poorer countries with high density populations are just going to be devastated.
      It’s great if you can donate to a local charity but if you have the means please think about donating to overseas aid.

      • Linda says:

        This was a lovely video. Anything to cheer people up during this bleak time is welcome.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        Yes, Mara I agree with your take. I think the worst is yet to come. The problem being, in BLOTUS (Biggest Liar of the US) has called them “shithole countries” (I kid you not…he said that). My Prime Minister (Trudeau) is being shat upon for caring about the world…Trump is being praised for “caring” (he doesn’t) about US citizens “first” (as if he is ever going to get to second) the WHOLE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN right now. stay safe and Take Good Care

      • Lady D says:

        Mara, isn’t Sweden with their lackadaisical approach to the virus in worse shape as far as losing more people than almost any country in Europe?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Lady D,

        Sweden isn’t in nowhere near as bad shape as fx Spain or the UK. For quite a while they had a similar death per million as Denmark, which has put much harsher measures in place. However, now Sweden has almost double the dead per million than Denmark. Their mortality curve has spiked sharply in the last couple of days.

        A read a piece that pointed out that social distancing and self-quarantine is for the privileged. There are places where people simply don’t have the physical space to social distance and where they simply can’t afford to self-quarantine. And shudder to think about refuge camps as well.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Lady D, according to WHO stats today, nowhere near.

        Sweden 10+ million population. Cases 8419, deaths 687

        Switzerland, 8.5 million population, almost 23,000 cases.

        Luxembourg, with only 600,000 people, 3000+ cases.

        Look for WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports, which are updated daily.

        Edit because cross-posted with ArtHistorian.

      • Nic919 says:

        Those aren’t great numbers for a country of 10 million. Canada is over 35 million with about 20,000 confirmed cases and 500 deaths. Social distancing has been in place in Canada since mid March.

  16. lemonylips says:

    sorry to be mean but someone could have at least made a draft with some genuine questions other than them saying thank you so many times. for people with three children i’d think they’d be able to talk to the kids a little bit more than what is your name, nice to meet you, is that your mummy.. good boy.. maybe it’s the edit but i tend to think it’s just them. i did think it was funny how kate introduced them though so there i said something nice.

  17. line says:

    At first I was indifferent to the Cambridges because they are lazy and have no charisma but since the Sussex affair whatever. I find them that very false, arrogant, stupid and completely thirsty for attention people. At the opposite now I find Charles and Camilla more modern, interesting and involved in their charity work.

    • Tessa says:

      I tolerate Charles now because of how William is acting. I wish Charles had helped Harry and Meghan more than he did. I don’t care for Camilla.

      • Lady D says:

        His newborn grandson was compared to a chimpanzee and the gutless coward said nothing. It’s a good thing England doesn’t need kings to lead them anymore.

      • Tessa says:

        He complains about not seeing his grandchildren. Yet he let his youngest grandchild be trashed that way. Shameful.

  18. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    No shade. Its cute. I did laugh when she went “I’m Catherine and this is William.”

    Whatever kind of positivity we can bring into peoples lives is good.

    • Tessa says:

      I think these two are after PR. If they had been kind to Harry and Meghan I would like them but they are not nice people to me.

    • s says:

      100 percent agreement with this– I also laughed at the introduction. Also loved William making the classic mistake of “guessing” what the one sister made and her reaction! I will never forget my babysitter training of saying “tell me about it” rather than guessing with a kid…

      On a more serious note, this is, and will continue to be, a tough week for Britain. I think the royal family hit the perfect note by starting with the Queen’s address and then letting other family members come in with some other messages. A lot has changed in Britain over the last 3 weeks (The Lockdown, Queen moving to isolation, Chuck getting sick, Boris’s hospitalization) the Cambridges are having to adjust to all of these things along with the rest of Britain. I give them a pass for needing to work out the kinks in their new reality–it is certainly something most of us have needed.

      • Kitty says:

        People from the UK don’t even seem to care about the royals like that or even look up to them. These are uncertain times. It isn’t about unveiling their workload on us.

  19. Esme says:

    Why do these two keep bothering people at work? Leave essential workers alone, their busy.

  20. Aria says:

    Lol so many ass kissing cambridges fans are here with their love for their might whitey king and queen.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      Exactly @Aria, all these two need to do is the bare minimum and they are praised to the heavens, people are quick to forget what they did to their brother and sister in law and their poor behaviour at the Commonwealth service.
      I used to be indifferent to them but since their treatment of Harry and Meghan, their obvious racism, jealousy and pettiness, I just cant praise anything they do, and it says a lot about the people on here praising them, how quick they forget or the Cambridges behaviour doesn’t bother them! With these two it’s just PR.

    • yinyang says:

      WK attract the wrong kind of attention, their fans can’t say one nice thing about them without some snide remark about someone else. And this is complete PR, and their PR guy deserves a raise; dressed WK up like simpletons, used the barest middleclass backdrop he can find, and threw in some kids, how can anyone say no…almost makes you forget they’re billionionaires who STILL haven’t donated a penny and that 2min video Bristish working poor will pay through the nose.

  21. Sofia says:

    I have no problems with this. It’s cute, required minimal effort and they’re not visiting anybody. Something like this should have been done week or two before but better late than never

    • Heather says:

      They probably weren’t allowed to do anything before the Queen made the first move, with her speech.
      I thought it was sweet. Those kids will never forget this! I got to “meet” Princess Diana when she and Charles did their Canadian tour after their wedding and 8-year-old me never forgot that!

      ETA: I am, in no way, comparing Kate with Diana. At that time, right after the wedding, Diana wasn’t “Diana” yet.

      • Nic919 says:

        Sophie did two videos already and her first one was weeks ago so that’s not it at all. The Cambridges thought their photo op was enough and it took them a few weeks to realize that it was not.

    • Nimi says:

      This was cute and I agree the kids will love it. This is not a criticism of W&K per se because I really do believe that during this crisis that this a pleasant distraction. But key workers still really need PPE, and I think celebs and people with their privilege should really be weaponising their clout to get key workers tested and given protective equipment capable of protecting them during a pandemic. See one James McAvoy.

      Now that would really help. But as I said this is nice and there is nothing wrong with a bit of nice in testing times. But nice+cash saves lives.

  22. Harper says:

    Oh gawd, we have to do what? A Zoom meeting with Will and Kate?
    How dreadful.
    But I thought it was only the children they wanted.
    No, they want teachers too.
    Oh gawd, it’ll be all over the internets. No. Do we have to?
    Yes. Pick a straw. Short straws have to be on the film.
    Oh gosh. I got the short straw.
    Me too.
    It’s ridiculous.
    But they are using us for their own public relations.
    Yes, I know.
    Then I’m wearing bunny ears. It’s the only way I’ll get through it.
    But the ears are for the kids.
    Sorry, it’s bunny ears or a shout out to Megs and Harry.

  23. Kitty says:

    Why haven’t they donated money to help with the shortage supplies? I heard the premier league came together to raise funds. Why don’t they do the same?

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      Exactly Kitty, Matt Hancock going after footballers to take a pay cut and donate money but not a word about the royals or upper classes donating. Typical Tory, going after the working class as though they owe society for their success!

      • Guest says:

        British footballers/sport stars have already donated and they don’t use public money for their whole lifestyles so Hancock had no business going after them the way he did. What about all the horse faced upper class toffs? Why aren’t we hearing about them doing their bit? That social climbing Rose lady? and her circle? Many of them ran off to the Caribbean to have a very long holiday away from the peasants. This happened in Norfolk with the upper class folk in that area. No doubt it happened elsewhere. #survivaloftherichest. We aren’t “all in this together” no matter how much the media wants to bang that particular drum.

      • yinyang says:

        It’s been said that the entire royal institution is up there with the top richest companies like Microsoft and Google. They make their money on backs of the working poor and are shareholders in UK and Commonwealth nations. Greedy doesn’t even begin to describe them.

    • Mara says:

      They may have donated privately. Lots of rich famous people donate privately, some don’t want the attention to their financial afdairs whilst others don’t want to set a public precedent about how much they are willing to donate for a particular cause.
      We can’t say they definitely haven’t donated. As far as I’m aware Harry and Meghan haven’t made a public donation yet either but do you really think they haven’t given anything.

      • Aria says:

        If harry and Meghan donate money than they will be accused of stealing Charles money and donated as their own.

      • Guest says:

        LOL trust me if anyone in the royal family donated we would have heard about it. This lot don’t do anything from the goodness of their hearts without their PR spinners making them out to be the saviours of the country/world. Private rich people not in the spotlight have already donated hundreds of thousands of pounds and they are worth less than royal family members. Think about that. Not a peep from any royal giving a million, or huge 6 figure donations. It won’t happen, they are greedy, living off everyone else and not giving anything back. Even celebrities are donating their millions.

      • Nic919 says:

        I would bet a thousand dollars that they haven’t donated any personal money in secret. We always hear if personal funds have been donated by the royals as it happens so rarely and not at all from the Cambridges.

      • Tessa says:

        If they donated, the world would know IMO. They would not want the PR to go unnoticed.

      • yinyang says:

        @Guest Exactly!!!! If they made a donation they would have made it known. It’s convenient how this royal instituation has made it “poor manners” and loop holes not disclose if they donated, excuses to cover up that they haven’t donated at all, how stupid do they think we are, poor manners to disclose how much you donate but not poor manners to milk PR while people are dying, like really?! So far the top richest are donating $100 mill.

      • Mara says:

        Just to clarify I’m wondering if the Royal family (along with other rich and famous people who don’t make public donations) have a blanket policy of never making public donations precisely because its better for PR.
        If they never donate publicly then people can never criticise when they don’t donate or when they donate too little. Private donations are as big and as frequent as a fan’s imagination allow (and I do think they do donate privately at some point in their lives, even if it’s only fiver, they’re around charities and socialites too much to avoid it.)
        In addition the Royal family lives a philosophy of never complain, never explain which conflicts with the scrutiny of public donation plus its considered gauche for aristocrats to publicly talk about money.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Mara – I agree with all you say. Any donations made by any member of the BRF would not be public because the donating member of the BRF does not want to make the non-donating members of the BRF look bad.

        I could be wrong about this but I think it came out after Diana’s death a list of charities which she had made private donations to out of her own personal checkbook. IIRC, the amount was not small by any means but it was not as large as some might think. Then again, I could be very wrong about all of this in regards to Diana.

      • notasugarhere says:

        W&K ALWAYS make public their donations, because they do it for PR not out of genuine sense of caring. The only one I remember is the Wales flood one, after William was caught not working either his rescue or royal job. He was found paling around pubs with his buddies.

      • yinyang says:

        They’re Royal that serve the public, not aristorcrats not private citizens not footballers, the public deserve to know. In first countries, things pertaining to govt are public record because the public pays them. This is why RF is shady, because everything is off the record, theyve tangled themselves into every government body so as to make it nearly impossible to hold them accountable or abolish them, this they did by design not coincidence.

        One thing I learned from Marie Antoinette and H&M fiasco, though, is if the public wants something bad enough they’ll get it.

    • Mara says:

      The Premier league is always the token scapegoat of the rich and powerful. Maybe because football is a working class game and the most successful players tend to be of colour and/or foreign.
      Before he turned it round with his amazing PR skills, the tabloids blamed Raheem Sterling for everything wrong in the UK more than Meghan Markle.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        The Premier League (like the NFL and NBA) always donate money in troubled times like this because the people who are hurting are the ones that pay full price for sporting event tickets. The Premier League, like the NFL and NBA, KNOW THIS. The Premier League is more than happy to help out those in need and always have been. They seem like a descent bunch of blokes to me. The Premier League, NBA and NFL are TRUE meritocracies.

        Royals and politicians do not buy tickets, let alone full price tickets, to sporting events. Royals and politicians get VIP comp tickets and VIP comp services.

  24. Peanuts says:

    I hate to break it to you, but if they started March 21 then they were actually ahead of the curve on the quarantine. The UK first tried a herd immunity approach, remember? When more information about the virus came to light and the government realized that this was a mistake, they only then went into lockdown. I realize that we tend to see in tunnel vision here in America, but the whole world wasn’t on our timeline – Johnson didn’t issue the order until March 23. What more could/should they do? There’s not much anyone can do right now, famous or not, that can cause real change except stay at home and don’t hoard resources.

    • Tessa says:

      William and Kate knew that the coronavirus was widespread and certainly by then it was seen as a worldwide threat. His father and grandmother were in seclusion. And they were interrupting work at that help center. He could have sent supplies to the workers there instead of showing up for photo ops.

  25. JanetDR says:

    So I’m the only one who saw the picture and thought Lindsay Lohan?
    More from that mustard-cat poop color than anything else so don’t shoot me! The video was okay though. Kind of hard to achieve anything with strangers in a Zoom.

  26. lobstah says:

    “I’m Catherine, and this is my roommate, William”

    Those 4-5 inches between them speak volumes…

  27. Bavarian says:

    I want that Sweater! I thought the Video was cute. They should do Things like this more often.

  28. Beach Dreams says:

    Looks like someone got a fresh round of Botox; those eyebrows and forehead are hardly moving. Even with a belated gesture like this, appearance still seems to be the top priority with her.

  29. Maria says:

    He looks less bald than usual.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      Maybe he started Rogaine? Or most likely, he hasn’t had his haircut/shaved for a while in lockdown, so it’s growing in on the sides.

  30. booboocita says:

    The photo is cute, and they look happy together. And the pooches are adorbs. But I can’t get past the fact that they both collaborated in a monstrous betrayal of Charles’s first wife. I realize that my viewpoint is highly biased; my father cheated on my mother, and when it all came out, she was absolutely devastated. Mom made a good recovery, but it took several years, and while I love my stepfather dearly, and he’s made my mom very happy, I’m not likely to forget her crying jags and nightmares.

    I don’t know if Diana was mentally unstable or not. I doubt it, frankly. She had very high emotional intelligence and was very sensitive, which made her fragile, not nuts. I do know that learning that your husband never really loved you, and that he never gave up his mistress even after your wedding, must have ripped her heart apart. The fact that years have passed since that mess makes no difference. The fact that one of the persons involved in that mess is now dead makes no difference. They can both rot, as far as I’m concerned.

    BTW, my father married his mistress, then divorced her five years later. Then he came crawling back to my mom, who had already met my stepfather and had no interest in taking him back. My father acquired a few more girlfriends, marrying and divorcing one of them. I don’t think he’s been faithful to any of them. Jerk. And I don’t believe for one minute that Charles has been faithful to Camilla — or that Camilla cares about his wandering scepter.

    • RoyalBlue says:


    • BayTampaBay says:

      @booboocita – I think the way you feel about your father is EXACTLY the way Harry feels about Normal Bill Cambridge due to finding out about his Rose Bush gardening hobby which easily explains the breech between the two once very close brothers.

      • EveV says:

        Mmm, doubtful. William has been cheating on Kate their entire relationship. I doubt very much that Harry all of a sudden wanted nothing to do with William because of a affair that occurred in the last few years.
        The strain on the brothers relationship is obviously between the brothers and not because of William’s extramarital activities.

  31. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    It’s cute but I don’t give them credit for doing the bare minimum at this stage of the game.

  32. Flying fish says:

    I am happy that the kids were cheered up by this.
    It would have been more interesting if Cain and Unable wore bunny ears as well. I find these two shallow and genuinely disinterested, so that’s all I got.

  33. Awkward symphony says:

    Although I was glad to finally see them do something to praise/appreciate the NHS & none staff I couldn’t help but think of how this was done LATE after almost 7 thousand deaths!!! Surely they couldve done this weeks ago even instead of a unnecessary visit to a already burdened NHS call centre.
    Notice how they are not being accused of overshadowing chuck and Camila’s anniversary or boris’s treatment🙄

    I agree with others. This is probably advised/set up by David.
    The video itself was kind of cheesy and I noticed the distance between Bill and keenkate(which is evident that they live separately) and it was almost like they couldn’t stand each other. Notice how ANGRY William was when Kate kept talking over him🙈omg it was uncomfortable to watch

  34. Jaded says:

    Maybe I’m just old and crabby, but I think they’re in damage control mode. The dust still hasn’t settled from the CW Day fiasco and they’re trying to make up for their atrocious and immature behaviour.

    • Harla says:

      I’ll join you on the old and crabby couch and agree, they are scrambling to repair the damage done by revealing their true selves.

    • cherisha says:

      @Jaded, what fiasco? Nobody cares about that. You’re Canadian right? Are ordinary Canadians appalled and outraged by the so called atrocious CW Day behaviour?

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Agree Harla and Jaded. They are making up for when their masks slipped a few weeks ago and we saw who they really were.

    • liv000 says:

      I think they are probably just trying to spread a little bit of positivity around the the UK and Commonwealth in such trying times. I’m all in for calling the Cambridges out when they do something shady… which does happen…. but they have just chatted to some kids online. I can’t really see what they have done wrong here? Seems bitter when you call them out no matter what they do.

  35. LunaSF says:

    As an American (who is severely underinsured because I dare to be self employed) it’s hard to even imagine living in a country with a nationalized healthcare. I know it’s not a perfect system but it’s light years ahead of America’s patched together for profit system. Anything that helps out health workers and their families is needed now!

    • ArtHistorian says:

      As a Dane whose family has benefited immensely from free national healthcare (we would have been bankrupt otherwise – my mother once had to be hospitalized for 6 months), I am absolutely furious on the behalf of American citizens. A healthcare system based on profit is obscene and unjust, as well as not beneficial for the nation as a whole. Health care is part of a country’s infrastructure and the national infrastructure shouldn’t be privatized.

  36. Seraphina says:

    I may have missed it but when did they go with KensingtonRoyal?

  37. HS says:

    This is cute, good for them for doing this and bringing a smile to the kids’ faces. I truly don’t get the shade and often-times hate geared towards them sometimes on here but hey, good to give credit where credit is due and this is a cute moment.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Criticism and hate are not the same thing.

      Feel free to go back and read 10 years worth of articles on here about W&K/Cain&Unable to see why people are critical of them.