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Kate Middleton and Prince William did an interview with the BBC about mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Duchess of Cambridge opened up a bit about her life at home with her children Prince George, 6; Princess Charlotte, 4; and Prince Louis, almost 2. “It’s been ups and downs,” she said, adding that she imagines it’s that way for a lot of families.
“George is much older than Louis is and things, but they are aware [that things are different because of COVID-19],” she said. “And I’m always surprised and although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it [the pandemic] in simple ways and age-appropriate ways.”
Kate said she’s been keeping up homeschooling even through the holidays. “Someone gave me some very good advice, pre the [Easter] holidays, to fit some structure to keep to a pretty strict routine,” the Duchess said. “Don’t tell the children, we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays. I felt very mean.”
Her kids have a lot of energy, she added: “Children have got such stamina. I don’t know how, honestly. You get to the end of the day and you write a list of all the things you’ve done in that day. You’ve pitched a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake, you get to the end of the day. They’ve had a lovely time. It’s amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”
The couple said they chat regularly with their families over video calls. But the activity isn’t without tech difficulties. Louis really likes the red button, William said. Kate added, “It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie. With a two-year-old you have to take the phone away. It’s quite hectic for them all to say the right thing at the right time without pressing the wrong buttons. But it’s great and it’s nice to keep in touch with everybody.”