Sophie jokes about Kate wanting a teacher to help with home schooling

Sophie and Kate
Sophie and Kate
17:49pm, Tue 12 May 2020
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The Countess of Wessex teased the Duchess of Cambridge about trying to get a teacher to help with home schooling as they video-called Army nurses in Cyprus.

When they heard from military medic Corporal David Thomas who told them his ex-wife was a school teacher, Sophie quipped: “Be careful, be careful, she’s about to be recruited.”

Sophie and Kate

Kate laughed and remarked: “They’re in good hands.

“Yes. I’d quite like her to come and help me with home schooling.”

The duchess has already opened up about the challenges of life under lockdown with her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

“George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects.

“Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work,” she said last week during an interview with ITV’s This Morning show.

Kate has spoken about their differing needs, with George being nearly seven, Charlotte five and Louis only two years old.

The duchess and Sophie were calling nurses around the world together to mark International Nurses Day as part of the royal family’s coordinated show of solidarity for the healthcare profession during the coronavirus pandemic.

The royal pair were chatting to medics from the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps who are stationed in Cyprus.

Kate asked: “Is everyone worried about their families and loved ones back home? It must be adding to the pressure?”


Corporal Thomas, a Primary Healthcare Nurse who last saw his children in February, told them: “Everybody’s fine Ma’am. The kids are doing well.

“My ex-wife’s a school teacher so she’s been busy.”

Sophie added: “We are enormously grateful for everything that you all do.”

Kate wished them a happy nurses’ day, saying: “You’re a huge inspiration to everybody.

“A huge thank you from us all here.”

Others on the call included Major Gareth Mason, matron of Medical Reception Station (MRS) Dhekelia, Sergeant Myra MacDonald, a Princess of Wales Royal Regiment regimental aid post nurse; and Corporal Ron Berbo, a primary healthcare nurse for MRS Dhekelia.

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