Duchess of Cambridge reveals her children tell her, 'stop taking photos'

·Royal Correspondent
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The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that her children may not always be the willing subjects of her photographs.

Kate, 39, admitted that her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis tell her "Mummy, please stop taking photographs" as she captures their young lives.

The duchess was speaking to Ceri Edwards, whose picture of her daughter Poppy hugging her father Mark before a shift as a paramedic became one of the 100 chosen to appear in Kate's Hold Still project.

Hold Still created a portrait of the nation in lockdown, and Kate spent time in the Autumn calling some of those whose pictures were chosen, to speak to them about the image they submitted.

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The duchess asked Edwards if she was a photographer, to which Edwards responded: "No. Well, Mark would say otherwise just because I do take a lot of pictures of the family."

Kate replied: "It’s like me. Everyone’s like, ‘Mummy, please stop taking photographs’."

Edwards, from Newport, South Wales, said: "I know, but I love it. I love looking back. I think when you have children, time seems to go into warp speed, really, and it’s just a lovely thing for me. You look back and see how much the children have grown."

Kate also spoke to Poppy, who was one of the subjects of the photograph, which shows her hugging her father, with his paramedic uniform visible as he puts one arm around his daughter.

Kate told her: "I loved seeing your big cuddle to your daddy.

"Cuddles are very, very important. I bet your daddy took that with him and it helped him all the way through his day at work."

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Britain's Prince George of Cambridge (R), Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (3rd L) and Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (L) arrive to attend a special pantomime performance of The National Lotterys Pantoland at London's Palladium Theatre in London on December 11, 2020, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William and Kate with George, Charlotte and Louis at the theatre in London in December 2020. (Aaron Chown/AFP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the launch of the Hold Still campaign at Waterloo Station on October 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
William and Kate at the launch of the Hold Still campaign at Waterloo Station in October 2020 in London. (Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Poppy admitted to the duchess she was "so scared about him getting the corona" and said talking about it at school upset her, but that she was able to talk about it to her mum.

Edwards explained of the photo: "This picture was originally a piece of work set for our daughter during lockdown. Poppy struggled with her dad having to go to work, as a paramedic throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and she worried about him each time he left to go to work."

Kate's Hold Still project encouraged people to take pictures to show what life was like during the coronavirus lockdowns. The exhibition of 100 photos was shown via billboards and bus stops around the UK and has now been turned into a book.

Proceeds from the book are being split between the mental health charity Mind, and the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is patron.

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