During these trying times, Kate Middleton has joined up with the UK’s National Portrait Gallery, who she is a patron of, to launch a photography project. And as a way to promote the initiative, the Duchess of Cambridge did something we rarely see, a remote interview with ITV.
In the interview, Kate talked about what inspired Hold Still, the upcoming exhibit in the UK where people are encouraged to submit their photos documenting their lives during the current virus outbreak. She also touched on how she and her children were handling the situation, as she and Prince William are currently homeschooling them.
When asked how she was doing, the Duchess of Cambridge said, via Hello!, “Fine, thank you. It’s extraordinary. I’m sure you’re experiencing the same yourselves and your families and things. We’re stuck into homeschooling again. They’re unprecedented times really. But no we’re fine, thank you for asking.”
The Duchess said that they were keeping in touch with other members of the royal family through FaceTime-something she and William talked about in their recent interview for the BBC. She also revealed that homeschooling is going smoothly, despite Prince George preferring Princess Charlotte’s workload. “George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work!” Kate said. Same little man, same.
Kensington Palace also shared a small clip of the interview on their official Instagram account, where Kate is explaining why she got involved with creating Hold Still. “We’ve all seen some incredible images out there and heard some amazing stories—some desperately sad stories but also some really uplifting ones as well,” she started. “I really hope that through a project like this, we might be able to showcase some of those stories and to document and share a moment in time, I suppose, that we’re all experiencing.”
The Kensington Palace Instagram shared more project details in its caption: “The Duchess and the @NationalPortraitGallery are inviting the people of the UK to submit a #HoldStill2020 photographic portrait, which you have taken during these extraordinary times. The project focuses on three core themes: Helpers and Heroes. Your New Normal. Acts of Kindness. One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a gallery without walls–a one of a kind digital exhibition open to all this August. Submit your images through the link in bio to enter and share your portraits on Instagram by tagging @KensingtonRoyal #HoldStill2020 to be in with a chance to be featured on our channel throughout the project.”