Kate Middleton is sharing the story behind an emotional photo.
Over the past year, the Duchess of Cambridge has spoken to many of the 100 finalists who shared their experiences of life during COVID-19 lockdown in the U.K. by submitting an image to her Hold Still photography project. In a new YouTube video released Thursday, Kate chats with hospital ward host Gimba about a photograph of her eating a lunch of chicken and rice at work — after learning upsetting news about her mother.
On the day the image was taken, Gimba learned that her mother in Nigeria had fallen ill and been rushed to hospital. She was unable to fly home because of travel restrictions during the pandemic — but Gimba declined to take any time off from work, saying: "I have to feed my patients."
"It was hard, but it's a job I love to do because the patients need us," Gimba told Kate over the phone.
The royal replied, "I bet you made their day feel that little bit brighter, Gimba."
Kate learned that Gimba has worked at the hospital for nearly 20 years and prepares meals to patients, from Caribbean dishes to Chinese food.
"So it's different, different," Gimba explained.
Kate replied, "Well, food nurtures the soul, doesn't it?"
Kate Middleton has one royal photographer's stamp of approval.
ITV's The Royal Rota podcast recently welcomed Arthur Edwards, who has photographed the royal family since the 1970s, and Edwards had no shortage of glowing feedback on Kate's own work behind the camera.
"I'm a great admirer of Kate's photography, she's grasped it very quickly," Edwards said.
The Duchess of Cambridge is often behind birthday portraits of her three children — Prince George, 7; Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 — and other family moments. But one shot in particular really impressed Edwards.
"The picture that I love most that she's done is William and the three children on the swing," he said about the photo shared in June 2020 to celebrate Prince William's 38th birthday. "I would have killed to have taken that picture."
The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden highlight the importance of early years education. They led a discussion on why early childhood is so important to lifelong outcomes during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall.
Amid continued scrutiny of how the British press covers different members of the royal family, the Telegraph newspaper deleted a critical column about Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Thursday hours after it went up on the website.
The story, titled "A rare misstep for the Duchess of Cambridge?," criticized Kate for co-authoring a recent op-ed about early childhood education with US first lady Jill Biden, who is a teacher and holds a doctorate in education.
"However important the cause, she is in danger of falling into the same trap as the Sussexes; she has risked aligning herself too closely with a sitting political party," author Joanna Rossiter wrote. "It's impossible to imagine Kate penning this sort of article with the likes of, say, Melania Trump. Her decision to do so is a tacit endorsement of the Bidens."
This is not the first time Rossiter has raised concerns about a royal duchess showing possible bias. In 2019, she wrote a column for the Telegraph criticizing Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, for her "unabashed support for all things woke" and "aligning herself so closely with the icons of the political left." That story remains online.
The Kate column was widely criticized by royal watchers. When its deletion was noticed, speculation began on Twitter that it had been done so at the request of the Palace.
"So unfair criticism of [Kate's] co-authored piece with Jill Biden is pulled but loads of lies/racist/bigoted attacks against #MeghanMarkle is never pulled?" asked activist, author and lawyer Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in a viral tweet about the column's deletion. "I think this criticism of Duchess of Cambridge is utter crap but the double standard/hypocrisy is profound. We See You."