KATE, Duchess of Cambridge had the best response after being mistaken for Prince William’s assistant, leading her to be labelled as the “most down-to-earth” royal with the “best sense of humour”. Kate was visiting the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff in August 2021 with her husband when the comment was made by one of the residents.
Joan Drew-Smith, 87, pointed out the future Queen and asked William: “Is that your assistant?” To which Kate replied with a laugh as she turned to the Duke: “Well, I am your assistant. “I have been for a long time!” The royal couple were visiting the care home in person after entertaining the residents virtually with a bingo game during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
Kate and William read out the numbers via video link and returned to Shire Hall to ask if the residents had enjoyed the game. When asking Joan Drew-Smith what she had made of the bingo, the Duke said to her: “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? “You said we weren’t very good!” Her answer made both Kate and William “roar with laughter”, according to The Mirror. She said: “Yes. You did a bloody sh***y job!”
Fellow care home resident Margaret Stocks, 95, who won the virtual bingo game, was much kinder to the royals. She told them: “I did enjoy it. I hadn’t played it before.” The Duchess replied to her: “Neither had we! That’s why we were so bad!” William said: “We enjoyed it just as much as you did. It was a new experience for us.”
The Prince explained: “We have to wear masks because of the virus, but it’s difficult to hear sometimes when you can’t see someone’s mouth.” The meeting with afternoon tea took place in a marquee set up outside. The future King later said to the staff: “I love Joan, she’s brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her.”