Kate Middleton 'bursts into tears' over coronavirus impact

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

Kate Middleton “burst into tears" after hearing stories from families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge was visiting Baby Basics in the UK where she admitted she has found it "very emotional" to hear what some families have endured amidst the global health crisis, and said that after speaking to people from the English town of King's Lynn about their struggles with Covid-19, she found herself moved to tears.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a face mask, talks to the family of Ali Wartty, Sahara Hamawandy and their triplets San, Shan and Laveen, who got supported by Baby Basics, during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield on August 04, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Baby Basics is a volunteer project supporting families in need struggling to provide for their newborns.
Kate Middleton visited Baby Basics in the UK. Photo: Getty Images

"It can get very emotional. I remember a couple of the families I met from King's Lynn and I went home and literally burst into tears, their stories were so moving. The struggles they have gone through, the bravery they have shown ... in extraordinary circumstances. Helping their families through extraordinary times,” she said.

"Having somewhere to turn to for support is important for all families, and baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need."

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The duchess also helped unpack boxes of donations which will go towards families in need, who are struggling to provide for their newborns.

Just hours later, Kate was seen out and about again, with her husband, Prince William, on a visit to Cardiff.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, helps to unpack supplies, during a visit to Baby Basics Sheffield, in Sheffield, England, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Baby Basics is a volunteer led project which supports families in need struggling to provide for their newborns. (Chris Jackson/PA via AP)
The Duchess of Cambridge helped to unpack boxes of donations. Photo: Getty Images

The couple called in to Shire Hall Care Home in the Welsh capital where Prince William asked one of the residents, Joan Drew-Smith, 87: “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren't very good!”

She replied saying: “Yes, you did a b*****y s****y joba.”

The couple, who found Joan’s honesty refreshing, went on to play arcade games in Cardiff, in the same arcade where hit TV series Gavin & Stacey was filmed.

Kate looked stunning in a floral, recycled Emelia Wickstead dress, which we matched with a pink floral face mask.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet residents at the Shire Hall Care Home, where they spoke to some of the home's staff, residents and their family members on August 5, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. In May, The Duke and Duchess joined staff and residents from Shire Hall via video call, and took their turn as guest bingo callers for a game in the home's cinema.
Kate was later seen with Prince William visiting Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laugh after throwing balls to knock down figures on an arcade game at Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, where Gavin and Stacey was filmed, during their visit to Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector on August 5, 2020 in Barry, Wales.
The pair were seen laughing as they played arcade games. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Kate previously joked her youngest son Louis "doesn't understand" social distancing, and said she's been finding it hard to keep him from "cuddling everything".

She said: "Louis doesn't understand social distancing. So he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him."

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