Kate is leading a virtual assembly for the Oak National Academy tomorrow at 10am – but royal fans got to see a short preview shared today by the association itself. In it, the Duchess of Cambridge introduces the topics of kindness and support before taking part in a call with children at the Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool.
In the clip, Kate says: “Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being kind and looking after one another.
“I’m now going to join a Zoom call with some pupils from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool to find out what kindness means to them.”
The video then jumps to the video call, which will be released in full tomorrow.
During the video chat, Kate asks children: “Who wants to tell me what kindness means to them?”
One child replies: “Treat people how you want to be treated? Sharing? That’s kindness”.
This video was met with criticism by fans of the Duchess of Sussex, with many claiming Kate didn’t show her sister-in-law any kindness while the Sussexes were living in the UK.
One social media user wrote: “Considering the way that Meghan was treated by her, I’m not really sure that she’s the best spokesperson for the concept of kindness towards others.”
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Another said: “Ooh Really? She should have started that kindness from home by showing Meghan some bit of kindness.
“Or is her kindness only limited to specific people?”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Ha! This has to be a joke!”
Another added: “Practice what you preach.”
Other users accused Kate of “copying” Meghan after the Duchess of Sussex delivered a poignant speech to the graduating class of 2020at her former school, the Immaculate Heart.
One said: “Spot the copyKatiness. Meghan speaks to a graduating class. Katie is holding an assembly too.”
Another said: “I also was wondering when Kate was going to copy and paste Meghan I guess this is Kate school talk.”
These tweets appear to be based on claims of a rift between the Duchesses, widely reported over the past two years.
However, Meghan and Kate’s spokespeople never commented on the alleged feud.
Several royal experts believe the rift between the Cambridges and the Sussex sparked after Prince William spoke to his brother about his concerns on the speed at which he was proceeding with his relationship with Meghan.
Kate’s support for the Oak National Academy, a platform which provides high-quality video lessons and free resources to parents and teachers, will see the Duchess urge children to carry out little acts of kindness.
In the pre-recorded message, the Duchess will say: “Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better.
“And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.
“Small acts of kindness can go such a long way.
“But as we help others, we mustn’t forget to nurture ourselves, by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too.”