Kate, questioned by a US reporter at her visit to a primary school with US First Lady Jill Biden, said she was looking forward to meeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn daughter. The future Queen said: “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her. I hope that will be soon.” Asked if she had seen her via FaceTime, Kate – still smiling uncomfortably – said: “No I haven’t, no.” With the bust-up between the Sussexes and the Royal Family threatening to dominate, White House and Kensington Palace aides then asked the media to leave the room where the Duchess and English professor Dr Biden had discussed with experts the importance of the early years for child happiness.
The pair, who had not met before, were at Connor Downs Academy, Hayle on day one of the G7 summit.
Kate said she hoped Britain and the US would share best practice to improve children’s outcomes: “I really do feel the best investment for our future health and happiness lies in the first five years of life. I am committed to this.”
The Duchess, 39, and the First Lady, 70, joined children in a number of activities, including environmental awareness.
Ex-teacher Dr Biden said: “This is amazing to see what the children are doing and how advanced they are at four and five years.”
The school has been nationally recognised for supporting the mental health of pupils and is rated consistently good by Ofsted.
Its early years specialist David Masters told his VIP visitors: “We’re so excited to share our learning with you.”
They wore masks indoors but laughed while viewing the school’s rabbits outside, as Dr Biden – in high heels – turned to Kate and said: “I’m sinking into the ground.”