Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge retreated to her family’s country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown. In addition to keeping up with her busy agenda virtually, the Duchess of Cambridge also took on the task of homeschooling her two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Kate admitted the “stressful” lockdown did not, however, keep her from enjoying some of the most positive aspects of being forced to stay at home with her family.
The Duchess made the comments as she discussed BBC’s Tiny Happy People initiative as part of her focus on early years’ development.
Asked about her personal experience of the lockdown, Kate said: “It’s been challenging, I think it was challenging for a lot of people.
“Some parts have been really positive, spending some extra time with the kids and everything like that.
“But it is equally stressful, and having to homeschool, that was definitely difficult.”
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The Duchess added: “I have always respected teachers before but I have a newfound respect for them now.”
Kate insisted the lockdown experience had likely been different from person to person, suggesting some people may have found the requirement to be in close contact with their family very challenging.
She said: “I think some elements of it is going to be really positive.
“Families have been able to spend more precious time together and really reflected on some of the simple things that, actually, do make a difference to their kids particularly in the first five years.
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The Duchess of Cambridge moved most of her operations online for the duration of the lockdown.
Alongside husband Prince William, Kate joined the efforts of the Royal Family to keep up morale during the coronavirus crisis.
And in June she was among the first royals to head back into the public to show her support to local Norfolk businesses reopening their doors to customers after nearly four months of shutdown.
The Duchess told shopgoers she had not seen her parents in person since the lockdown had begun as they lived too far for her to pay them a visit once the first round of restrictions lifted.
But with George and Charlotte officially on summer break, Kate may soon reunite with her parents at their Berkshire home.