Duchess of Cambridge joined Sir Andy Murray for a video call with schoolchildren to mark what would have been Wimbledon finals weekend.
Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London.
Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained.
Kate has previously spoken of how she and Prince William have spent a lot of time outside in the garden at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Kate Middleton, 38, and Sir Andy, 33, shared tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London. Pictured, Kate on the video call
Sir Andy, pictured on the call, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities
The Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line.
Asking the children to guess the visitor, Kate said: ‘I’ve got a very important person here that’s going to come and join us, that would love to meet you guys and might be able to share some tennis tips as well with you.
‘I’ll give you a few clues and see if you can guess who this special guest might be.
‘So he … is a he. He plays tennis for Great Britain. He’s a two-time Olympic champion. He’s a former World Number One… Can you possibly guess who this might be?’
One boy piped up ‘Andy Murray’, followed by a round of applause as the former Wimbledon champion appeared on the screen.
Sir Andy, who would usually have been playing at Wimbledon this week, went on to answer questions from budding tennis players, disclosing he was missing big matches, friends and family, but passing the time with home schooling and a new hobby of road cycling.
The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.
The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call
Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy.
‘We’re doing the home schooling which is difficult. It was difficult but at times I really enjoyed it as well,’ he said.
He did not play tennis for around ten weeks, he said, instead staying in shape with cycling.
‘I was going out on my road bike which was something I’ve never done before, so that’s something kind of new that I learned I enjoy during lockdown,’ he added. ‘It’s quite important in these times to stay as active as you can because it good for the mind as well.’
The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’
The youngsters and coaches asked why he picked tennis as a career, whether he remembered his first tennis match and comebacks from difficult times, with Sir Andy speaking of the importance of having good family and friends around him to help ‘moving forward and working hard through setbacks’.
‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.
‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.