Duchess of Cambridge says Louis, 2, doesn't understand social distancing and wants to 'cuddle everything'

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed her youngest son “wants to cuddle everything” when they go out, and hasn’t quite understood social distancing.

Prince Louis, who turned two in lockdown, particularly likes cuddling babies younger than him, according to his doting mum Kate.

She was speaking to families involved in a BBC project called Tiny Happy People, which she has been working on since last year.

Speaking to Kerry, Darren and their son Dexter, also two, ahead of the launch, she 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.”

The duchess and Kerry also talked about how their children were “very close” in age, with their birthdays just a month apart.

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The duchess has been working on the BBC project in secret. (Kensington Palace)
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Kerry, from Norfolk, said: “He’s now taken to running everywhere.”

Kate replied laughing: “Oh my God, I know that. You put Louis down and he’s off.”

The duchess talked about her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Louis’s large appetites, saying: “My children have bottomless pits. I feel like a constant feeding machine.”

Dexter was asked by his mother: “Can you say Princess Kate?”

When he did, Kate replied: “You are so clever. Look at you. So many words.”

Kate asked Dexter: “Is that your digger? It’s very nice. Louis would like that digger.”

The duchess revealed she has been working with the BBC on the Tiny Happy People project on Tuesday morning, with Kensington Palace explaining she visited Broadcasting House last November to work on some of the video projects.

She helped develop the characters and background in two of the videos on the platform.

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Kate with Ryan and his eight-month-old daughter, Mia. (Kensington Palace)
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The duchess with Abu, Henrietta and their 11-month-old daughter Amirah, who opened up to her about their relationship. (Kensington Palace)

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During her socially distant chats, she also talked about how to help children return to normality, and the impact of lockdown on families.

She said: “How do you extend that umbilical cord having had that precious time together? I know from personal perspective having lots of that extra time together is fine.

“But then actually being able to stand back again and go back to how things were, it’s really hard for lots of families.”

Speaking to Ryan, who is dad to eight-month-old Mia, about how she had found lockdown, she said: “It’s been challenging, challenging for loads of people. Some parts have been really positive, spending extra time with the kids.

“It’s equally stressful, you’re in sort of confined spaces and having to home-school – that was definitely a challenge.

“I always respected teachers before, but now I have a new-found respect for them.”

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Parents Henrietta and Abu, who have an 11-month-old daughter called Amirah admitted to her that their relationship had suffered during lockdown.

She told them: “I think you’re doing an amazing job.”

The resources the duchess is endorsing include activities, play ideas and videos aimed at parents of 0-4 year olds to help develop communication and language skills.

Early years development has been a passion of the duchess’s for years, and she said the resources were “like gold dust” for new mothers and fathers.