Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Quarantine Struggles Prove They’re Just Like Us

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are senior members of the royal family, with Prince William set to take the throne after his father, Prince Charles. They live lives of privilege and have access to amenities that most ordinary people couldn’t dream of. Still, when it comes to how they have been handling the COVID-19 quarantine with their three young children, the royal couple is surprisingly relatable. 

How does Kate explain quarantine to her children?

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Under normal circumstances, Prince William and Kate have very busy schedules. They both have regular appointments on behalf of the royal family, as well as their own projects, including a number of charitable ventures. However, once the COVID-19 pandemic started affecting daily life in early March, the couple and their three young children went on lockdown.

Although they have remained in the public eye through regular appearances on social media and conference calls, neither Prince William nor Kate has been making normal social visits. Just as many families have been experiencing challenges during quarantine, so have Kate and Prince William.

One of the most difficult parts of the lockdown, Kate admitted in early May, has been the fact that her children can’t see their loved ones like they are used to. “It’s really hard,” said the Duchess of Cambridge. “We hadn’t done a huge amount of FaceTime and face calls and things like that, but obviously we’re doing that a lot more now, and actually it’s been really great.”

She also revealed that she has been trying to explain the state of the world to her children, but that they don’t really understand: “Although you don’t want to scare them, I think it’s important to acknowledge it in an age-appropriate way.”

Kate Middleton has been cutting her children’s hair

With many health organization officials recommending that people of all ages avoid hair salons for the foreseeable future, Kate, just like thousands of other mothers all over the world, has been cutting her children’s hair while in lockdown. Sources even state that Kate has become a pro at trimming their hair, and that “she is very competent, and they are used to home haircuts. George’s is easy. Charlotte likes her hair off her face and so it’s long enough for a mini ponytail. They both have easy hair to cut.”

The same source revealed that Kate learned how to do basic hair trims from her mother, Carole Middleton, and that she doesn’t think that it is “any big deal” to trim her children’s hair at home. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William have had ‘ups and downs’ during quarantine

Kate Middleton during a meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland
Kate Middleton | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Even though Kate and Prince William might not have normal nine to five office jobs, that doesn’t mean that they still don’t have work-related projects that they have to tackle from home. They have done several interviews via video chat since going on lockdown, and they admitted to frequently using video chat software to connect with family members.

Still, they have found the whole experience challenging at times. “It’s been ups and downs,” Kate stated in one of the couple’s video interviews. 

Prince William chimed in, revealing that even video calls with their relatives have been tough. He said: “It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie. With a two-year-old you have to take the phone away. It’s quite hectic for them all to say the right thing at the right time without pressing the wrong buttons. But it’s great and it’s nice to keep in touch with everybody.”

Clearly, even though Kate and Prince William are elite members of the royal family, they are not immune to frustration and stress, just like normal parents.