Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Actually Prefer Video Calls Over Face-to-Face Meetings According to Royal Expert

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been taking video calls instead of face-to-face meetings as a precaution against the coronavirus. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have completed several video meetings from the comfort of their country estate, Anmer Hall, where they are staying with their three children. Although royal watchers have missed seeing the couple in action, one royal expert believes the Cambridges actually prefer these conferences over meeting in person.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton start video conferences

Shortly before the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left Kensington Palace to isolate themselves at Anmer Hall with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The couple canceled their in-person meetings due to the pandemic and have been participating in video calls with several charities and patronages instead. Other members of the royal family have done this as well in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

Prince William and Kate have chatted via video with schoolchildren, teachers, and health care providers. They have also participated in other events, such as the opening of emergency hospitals in the United Kingdom — all without having to leave their home.

Although the two are not able to meet as many people as they do in a traditional engagement, royal expert Tina Daheley believes the Cambridges prefer video calls over face-to-face meetings.

Why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prefer video calls

According to Daily Mail, Daheley revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge love fulfilling royal engagements via video conference because it is more convenient and they do not have to deal with all the small details of organizing a big event.

“You don’t have to faff about with all the other stuff and only having a set amount of time and having to go somewhere and meet loads of people….They like that you can have an in-depth one-on-one conversation with people,” Daheley explained.

Daheley noted that Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoy meeting people in person, but they are really loving talking to people on video. This method of communicating also allows them to talk with people on a more individual level.

The royal expert recently talked with the couple via video call and remarked at how she is always surprised by how “normal” William and Kate seem. Although they are members of the royal family, Daheley says talking to them is like “having a chat with people.”

We do not know how long William and Kate will stay at Anmer Hall, but video conferences could become a part of their schedule moving forward.

Prince William and Kate Middleton open up about homeschooling

In one of their more recent video calls, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talked about the struggles they have faced homeschooling their children during the crisis.

According to Hello Magazine, Kate admitted that it was challenging discussing the pandemic with her children. While it would be easy to avoid talking about the virus, Kate felt like it is important to tell them about what’s going on without making “it too overwhelming.”

“George is much older than Louis is, but they are aware, I’m always surprised,” Kate shared. “And although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and age-appropriate ways.”

When it comes to homeschooling, Prince William and Kate revealed that the experience has been “fun,” though they also confessed that they are not sure where their kids get all of their energy.

Schools throughout the UK are currently closed due to the pandemic but are offering online learning to help parents with lesson planning.

The Cambridges open up about Prince Charles’ battle with coronavirus

Apart from homeschooling, William and Kate also opened up about Prince Charles’ battle with the coronavirus. Last month, Charles tested positive for COVID-19 and given his age, William admitted that he was “quite concerned” for his father at first.

“He fits the profile of someone at the age he’s at, which is fairly risky,” Prince William explained. “So I was a little bit worried, but my father has had many chest infections, colds, things like that over the years. So I thought to myself, if anybody is going to beat this, it’s going to be him.”

Luckily, Charles only suffered from mild symptoms related to the virus. A few weeks ago he was released from self-isolation, though he is still living at his Scottish estate with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Prince William went on to say that one thing Charles misses during the lockdown is going for long walks. William described the Prince of Wales as being a “mad walker” and revealed that not getting fresh air was “quite difficult on his mental health.”