The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted she is missing her family as she hasn’t yet been able to make a trip to see them as lockdown restrictions ease in England.
Kate, 38, is staying in Anmer Hall, in Norfolk with husband Prince William and their children, Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.
But the distance from her country home to her parents’ home in Berkshire has proved too far for them to visit so far.
The government rules in England do allow socially distanced visits in gardens and parks, and there’s no limit on how far people can travel to exercise.
However the royals would have to consider their children needing to use the toilet en route, and the fact they can’t stay overnight or go inside yet if they were to make a trip.
Kate revealed she has been missing her parents when she was on a shopping trip to a garden centre near her Norfolk home.
She was picking up plants for a garden which she planted at a hospice, where she also kept a promise to the family of a nine-year-old boy who died of a rare condition called Coats plus syndrome.
According to the Mirror, Kate spoke to Patsy and Mike Thompson, both 85, at the Fakenham garden centre, asking them if they had seen their family.
After hearing they had, Kate replied: “I’ve yet to see my family as they’re about three hours away in Berkshire, so I haven’t seen them and I miss them.”
Speaking after, Patsy said the duchess was “lovely” and added: “I thought isn’t that Kate, and then we saw the photographers and Mike said ‘well it’s not for our benefit!’
“She lives here and I know she’s keen on gardening.
“We came to buy herbs and so did she, I think.
“For our new garden. It’s very important for members of the royal family to be out and about to show Britain is open.”
Kate was at the centre to show support for businesses as they reopened as lockdown restrictions ease, but she also bought the plants for a garden she planned at The Nook, a children’s hospice near Norwich.
When she went to the hospice, she also took a sunflower which she replanted there in memory of Fraser Delf, who died in January in one of the Each hospices with Coats syndrome.
Kate had a video call with the Delfs, and praised brother Stuie’s fundraising efforts, also promising to plant the sunflower in his memory.
Fans on social media dubbed her ‘the children’s princess’ after seeing her keep the promise.
After hearing about what happened, Fraser’s mum Carla, said: “I’m speechless. We are very touched as a family that she has done this and will be going to see Fraser’s sunflower when we can.
“He would have loved to have known a princess was planting a flower for him.”