Princess Kate: I'd Secretly Like to Be a Farmer
Princess Kate revealed her true calling on Thursday.
Speaking to 15-year-old Bea Hodge of the local group Wadebridge Young Farmers, the royal mom said she wants to encourage 3-year-old Prince George and 1-year-old Princess Charlotte to learn the land at the family’s country home in Norfolk.
“She said she was teaching George and Charlotte all about the farm at Sandringham,” Hodge told reporters.
“She’s been teaching George the difference between barley and wheat and everything they grow on the farm there.
“She wants the children to learn all about farming and the apples in their orchard. She said she’d secretly like to be a young farmer.
And she said they’d really enjoyed all the cider today!”
The exchange happened during the royal couple’s visit to Newquay’s Towan Beach, part of their day-long tour of Cornwall on Thursday. Earlier, Kate and Prince William met some frisky locals and sampled some (strong!) locally distilled whiskey.
In Towan Beach, the pair saw the work of the Wave Project, which uses surfing to reduce anxiety and improve wellbeing in children.
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Jane Leadbetter, Mayoress of Newquay, spoke to Kate about George and Charlotte to the beach there.
“She said they would love it here, they do bring them down to Cornwall. They surf themselves,” Leadbetter told reporters.
Her husband Carl Leadbetter, Mayor of Newquay, said, “We talked about surfing. The prince said he loves to surf and is hoping to do some.”
William told children and volunteers on the beach: “We should have brought our wetsuits – I’m very jealous! Living by the beach is just perfect.”
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William also spoke with 18-year-old Suzie Duffy, who joined the Wave Project as a client in Bournemouth before becoming a volunteer.
“It has helped my confidence and reduced my anxiety,” she told him.
“Obviously your surfing is good now?” William asked.
“It’s getting better,” she replied.
Prior to finding the Wave Project, “I was in a mental health hospital for eight months suffering from depression and anxiety and OCD,” Duffy shared. “The Wave Project has decreased my anxiety. It took a lot for me to get out and put a wetsuit on and go out into the sea and be around so many people.”
Of William and Kate’s mental health initiative, said Duffy, “I think it’s really great, because it needs to be talked about. For them to do it when they are so high up, it means people will listen.”