Kate Middleton was once mistaken for a Buckingham Palace staff member during a visit to Wales, according to reports. Prince William and Catherine went on various royal outings in 2021, and during one visit to Wales, the Duchess was asked if she was Prince William’s assistant and her response makes us love her even more.
Last August, the Royal couple traveled to Cardiff to visit Shire Hall Care Home. There, they chatted to the residents, who they had also spoken to via video call three months earlier. William and Kate had hosted a virtual bingo session which was a topic of conversation among residents.
During the exchange, Joan Drew-Smith, an 87-year-old resident, pointed at Kate and asked Prince William: “Is that your assistant?” The Duchess of Cambridge had a light-hearted response, simply stating: “Well I am your assistant.” She added: “I have been for a long time!”
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The Royals then posted a snap from the care home visit on Instagram. They captioned the picture: “The Cambridges’ favorite Bingo partners! Having entertained the Welsh care home as bingo hosts in May, The Duke and Duchess re-visited Shire Hall in person! It was great to see firsthand the amazing work done by staff and families to keep Shire Hall safe throughout lockdown.”
Joan previously made headlines for her cheeky response to the virtual bingo game in May. She reportedly said it: “wasn’t as good as it should have been.” Teasing her in person, the Duke said: “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!”
“Yes,” she said, “You did a bloody s****y job.” Her response was met with laughter from Wills and Kate. During the visit, they both wore Amaia masks and sat in a marquee set up for afternoon tea. Before leaving, they were given a box of cakes as a souvenir and a range of gifts. They received a wooden lovespoon, a rugby ball, a toy dragon and a cuddly sheep.
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According to Hello! magazine, General Manager Karen Grapes later said: “It was amazing, you can imagine. I was nervous enough before the Zoom meeting but they were just so lovely. William said he could do with a Joan in his life. hard couple of months, it has been great for them to boost our morale.”
Residents were told about the visit at 7.30am the same day which, Karen said, produced a “street part effect – they have the flags and bunting out.”
Ram Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes, said: “People have gone through a lot over the past few months so it’s been lovely for them to come here. It’s really lifted the whole home.”
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