Kate Middleton was ‘shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’

Kate Middleton was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’ on Zoom calls, a royal expert has revealed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38,  and Prince William, 38, have spent lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The royals started conducting engagements online and sharing video messages in April, with royal expert Omid Scobie saying the Duchess was initially a little unsure of the virtual practice.

He told the Heirpod podcast that Kate had become ‘quite a pro at Zoom’, explaining: ‘What started out as, perhaps, a little bit of shyness on these calls, she’s really come into her own.’  

Kate Middleton, 38, was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’, royal expert Omid Scobie has revealed (pictured, the Duchess during a call with London school children on Friday)

Discussing her latest virtual visit to discuss tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London, Omid added: ‘It always helps when she is doing an engagement with children.’ 

Prince William and Kate have since been at the forefront of the Royal Family’s response to the global crisis. 

They have continued to operate behind closed doors, conducting virtual engagements via video call, while homeschooling their three children.

And with lockdown restrictions easing, the duo have slowly returned to public engagements – with Kate taking a trip to family-run Fakenham Garden Centre mid-June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown) 

She helped to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk – one of the three East Anglia Children’s Hospices – a week later. 

Most recently, the pair visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5 in Norfolk.

The comments come days after royal commentator Duncan Larcombe suggested Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step back as senior royals may give Prince William and Kate ‘space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.’ 

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