Kate’s unusual relationship with Camilla revealed as Duchesses stun with ‘royal first’

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To mark Children’s Hospice Week, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spoke to families and carers across the UK. Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson hailed it as a “royal first” as it was the Duchesses first royal engagement with just each other. The ITV commentators also tried to define the relationship between the two royal women.

Mr Ship told listeners: “They weren’t in the same place, but in the same sphere, the same Zoom call.

“We’ve seen them do things together with other people, but it’s the first one with just the two of them.

“What’s really interesting is talking about what their relationship is.

“It’s stepmother-in-law, I think, and stepdaughter-in-law.”

Ms Robinson added: “But this is a very serious topic about children’s hospices and an issue that’s very dear to both their hearts.

“Kate being the patron of a hospice in East Anglia and Camilla being involved with a couple of hospice groups as well.”

The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of Children’s Hospice South West and Helen & Douglas House.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Children’s Hospice East Anglia was one of her first patronages taken on in 2012.

Mr Ship noted that he could hear how much the hospices meant to the two women from their conversations.

Camilla spoke about how she was apprehensive when she first went to see a hospice, but then realised they are places of warmth, love and happiness.

Kate talked about the amazing staff and how they create an environment that’s a home away from home.

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The Duchesses also spoke to a family who lost a child earlier this year.

The little brother, Stewy, was notably doing lots of fundraising to help out the charities that have been badly bitten by the coronavirus lockdown.

He had run 5k every day in May, and told the royals that he was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Camilla praised him, adding that the NHS fundraiser had done “so much” for the country.

She also joked that Stewy must be “very fit” now.

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