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Kate admits ‘difficulty’ she’s facing with George and Charlotte in lockdown

Just like everyone in the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are adjusting to a new normal as they follow the coronavirus lockdown rule.

Kate, William, George, Charlotte and Louis are spending the time at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall, with the two older children being home-schooled by their parents.

They are facing the same challenges as everyone else, including not being able to see their family and friends.

Kate said the family are using FaceTime to chat to loved ones daily, but admitted it’s hard explaining the “new normal” to George and Charlotte.

The royal children are extremely close to their grandparents, Prince Charles, Camilla and Carol and Michael Middleton.

Speaking on This Morning as she launches a new photography project which she hopes will tell the human story of the pandemic, she said: “It’s really hard.

“We hadn’t done a huge amount of FaceTime and face calls but obviously we’re doing that a lot more.

“And actually, it’s been really great. We try to check in daily with family members and speak to them about news and things like that. In some ways we’ve got a lot more contact and a lot more face time than prehaps we would have done before.

“But it is difficult, it’s hard to explain to a five and a six, nearly seven, year old what’s going on.

“The schools have been great in supporting them as well.

“Hard times but we’ve got the support out there I think.”

Kate, 39, appeared on the programme to launch ambitious project Hold Still, which will run for the next six weeks.

Brits have been asked to send in selfies and photos of their memories of the coronavirus pandemic for a national exhibition.

The project is being run in conjunction with the National Portrait gallery, which Kate has been a patron of since January 2012.

Kate has already selected a number of images that have resonated with her over the last few months, which include a female NHS frontline worker with her face marked from wearing PPE during a 12-hour shift and 100-year-old war vet fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.

Addressing the image of the nurse with marks on her face, she said: “It’s a really harrowing image actually and one of the images that is so important to document at this time.

“We need to showcase what those on the front are witnessing.”

There are three categories that people can send pictures in for, and each needs a small caption telling the story behind it.

They are Your New Normal, Helpers and Heroes and Acts of Kindness.

Speaking about the launch of Hold Still, Kate said: “We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.

“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.

“Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”

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