Kate Middleton advised to ‘watch films of Diana’ says expert
The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to have become “more confident” in front of the camera during her video calls. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, royals have had to take their engagements online to keep with Government guidance.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent much of the pandemic at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
The couple have spent lockdown with their three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl said the Duchess had “become a professional” at video calls during lockdown.
She wrote: “Sources close to the Duchess say that Kate has become more confident in front of the camera and has learned to enjoy rather than dread video calls.
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“She has set up a DIY shoot location at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where the Cambridges are spending the lockdown, and apparently has a special stand for her laptop and a ring light to ensure the shot is well lit.”
In a recent video, the Duchess left her indoor setup and ventured outside into the Norfolk countryside wearing a wooly hat.
She filmed a video to raise awareness for Children’s Mental Health Week.
The Duchess is patron of the children’s charity Place2Be and talked about the importance of mental health awareness for children and parents.
Ms Nicholl highlighted how natural the Duchess’ outdoors video was compared to her usual setup.
She said: “Kate’s unscripted message was one of her most natural video appearances, and a contrast to her usual videos where she is usually dressed up and in full makeup.”
The royal expert went on to discuss how the Cambridges have had to become “self-sufficient” during lockdown.
Ms Nicholl explained: “For the most part William and Kate have become self-sufficient at working from home, filming their virtual engagements by themselves.”
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Sources told Vanity Fair that Kate was “keen to be outdoors” and “looking as normal and natural as possible” for her recent mental health awareness video.
Last week, the Duchess took part in a discussion with three parents whose children attend Roe Green Junior School in Kingsbury, London.
Kate confessed to her own lockdown parenting struggles.
Headteacher Melissa Loosemore, asked the parents and the Duchess to write down a word which “describes parenting during this pandemic”.
The future Queen wrote“exhausting” while the other parents wrote words including “hectic”, “patience” and “challenging”.
When asked about her word choice, the Duchess said: “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.”
Kate added how she has become a “hairdresser” during the pandemic.
She said: “I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair.
“We’ve had to become a teacher – and I think, personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.”
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