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Prince George’s big homeschooling issue – and it’s because of sister Charlotte

Lockdown has been especially tough for kids, as they strict rules mean they can’t play with their friends or cuddle their grandparents.

They’ve also lost that all-important routine due to schools being closed, but many are loving trying new things as their parents teach them at home.

But the Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that her eldest child Prince George is struggling with one part of home-schooling – his sister’s work is a lot more interesting than his.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning to launch her new photograph project Hold Still, she expained: “George gets very upset because he wants too get involved in Charlotte’s projects!”

“Making spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work.”

Poor George!

Kate also opened up about finding it difficult explaining the “new normal” to George and Charlotte, who are old enough to understand.

Mums and dads up and down the country are facing the same challenge, trying to find the right balance of stressing how important it is without scaring them.

The royal children are extremely close to their grandparents, Prince Charles, Camilla and Carol and Michael Middleton, but haven’t been able to see them for weeks.

Speaking on the programme, Kate 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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