Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Using Zoom and Their Meeting Username Is a Cute Royal Acronym

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but being mindful of the necessary social distancing. In-person royal engagements won’t happen for some time, but Prince William and Kate have found a way to still get some face time with people.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate did a virtual visit

Prince William and Kate had to find a workaround for their engagements and appearances since they can’t do them in person and, like so many other people who are working from home during this uncertain time, they gave technology a try, having a video call with teachers, staff, and children at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley, England.

This is one of the UK schools that is remaining open so children of essential workers have a place to go. During the call, Prince William and Kate thanked the teachers and spoke with the students as well.

They praised the teachers

During the call, the Cambridges spoke highly of the educators. “To you and everyone who is in during this time, it must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that their children have the normality and structure and they’ve got a safe place for them to be,” Kate said.

She added, “So really, really well done and for all of you I know it’s not easy circumstances, but it’s fantastic.’

William added, “We just want to say a huge thank you to you guys and well done in keeping it all going. Please pass on many messages of support for all the staff and all the volunteers — they’re doing a great job.”   

When the staff wished them a happy Easter, William noted, “There’ll be a lot of chocolate being eaten here that’s for sure.”

“You keep eating it!” Kate revealed.

The kids shared their art

The children showed off some art during the video chat as well and asked questions of the Cambridges

Kate asked, “What are your names? Very nice to meet you. I’m Catherine and this is William next to me. Are you holding up pictures of your mummies and daddies?”

One child replied, ‘This is a picture of my mum and she works for the NHS as an admin for the health visitors and I’m really proud of her.”

Kate replied, “It’s brilliant. I agree you should be very proud of her, they’re doing an amazing job all the NHS workers, so well done you.”

Another child said their mom worked in the NHS and another shared their dad was a packer in a bakery. William replied: “That’s a very important job too, keeping everyone well fed.”

What is the meaning of the couple’s Zoom username?

Town and Country magazine did a deep dive into the Cambridges’ virtual chat and believed they were using the Zoom meeting platform for the call. In their investigation of the screenshot images the couple posted, they noticed that the letters ‘DOC’ were visible in the lower left corner of their screen.

What does the username mean? Rather than using their names, the Cambridges opted for a mashup acronym, according to Town and Country’s assessment. It’s believed to be an abbreviation of their titles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.