Kate Middleton says Prince Louis is too young to understand social distancing and wants to ‘cuddle everything’

Duchess also shares ‘gold dust’ parenting tips she wishes she knew as a first-time parent

Sarah Young
Tuesday 14 July 2020 10:41 BST
Kate Middleton says Prince Louis is too young to understand social distancing and wants to 'cuddle everything'

The Duchess of Cambridge has said Prince Louis is too young to understand social distancing and wants to “cuddle everything”.

Kate Middleton revealed how the two-year-old was coping with the restrictions during the pandemic as she met parents to mark the launch of the BBC's Tiny Happy People digital resource.

The online platform, which is aimed at children up to the age of four, offers a range of free films, articles, quizzes and parenting tips that have been specially designed with experts to help to nurture children's language right from pregnancy.

Speaking with parents Kerry and Darren alongside their son Dexter, also two, in the gardens at Sandringham in Norfolk for a film shown on BBC Breakfast, the duchess said: “I was just saying, Louis doesn't understand social distancing.

“So he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him."

Kate remarked how Louis and Dexter were "very close" in age with their birthdays only being a month apart.

The duchess also touched on her personal experience as a first-time mother, saying she had wished she had the same knowledge and level of support parents are now receiving.

After speaking to Ryan, the father of eight-month-old Mia, about bringing up his daughter, Kate said: “In the first few months there’s a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors and things , but from then onwards there’s a massive gap before they start school.

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"Like with Ryan at the beginning saying his baby has different cries, he has learnt a huge amount from Tiny Happy People and it is information like that I wish I had when I became a first-time mum.

“It is gold dust really for a family to be given these tips and tools to use in these first time years.”

Speaking with BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, the duchess also opened up about Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Louis's large appetites, saying: "My children have bottomless pits. I feel like a constant feeding machine.”

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Prince William recently gave an insight into royal mealtimes during a video call to a Scottish charity.

“It depends what’s on the table,” the duke said when asked what dinner time looks like in their household.

“If parents put something on that children love, dinner time goes very well. But if you put something on the table they don’t want to do, that’s another ball game.”

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