KATE Middleton was initially “a little bit shy” during virtual engagements at the beginning of lockdown, but has “really come into her own” on Zoom, according to a royal expert.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has kept busy during lockdown speaking to a number of charities and organisations from her Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
According to royal expert Omid Scobie, the duchess was initially unsure when she started doing virtual calls in April.
He said on the Heirpod podcast: “What started out as, perhaps, a little bit of shyness on these calls, she's really come into her own.”
He now said the royal mum-of-three has “really come into her own”.
Kate is currently locked down with Prince William, 38, and their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Her latest video engagement with Andy Murray, where the duo served up a treat for tennis fans missing out Wimbledon.
The Duchess quizzed the young tennis enthusiasts on their training before revealing she had a special guest waiting on the line.
Sir Andy, who would usually have been playing at Wimbledon this week, revealed he was missing big matches, friends and family, but passing the time with homeschooling and a new hobby of road cycling.
The Duchess made the “royal visit” in her role as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), speaking to students from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London.
As lockdown has eased, Kate and Prince William have also started to slowly return to in-person public engagements – with Kate visiting the Fakenham Garden Centre mid-June.
The pair also met staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to celebrate the NHS’ birthday on July 5.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards praised the couple for staying active in their roles during lockdown.
He said: “He [Prince William] has been the face of the Royal Family during the coronavirus crisis and courageously led from the front.
“There can be no doubt that William and Katherine will make an excellent king and queen when the time comes.
"They’ve been a beacon of hope for many during these testing times. Never before has the role been so important.”
We shared inside Kate & Prince William’s lavish Kensington Palace home with £900 lamps & a £1.1k bespoke rocking horse.
And Kate brought ‘huge delivery’ of plants for critically ill children at first public event post-lockdown.
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