Kate in royal first as she’s to star in Christmas TV show with Mary Berry


COOKERY fans will be in for a royal treat this Christmas as Mary Berry teams up with the Duchess of Cambridge. The pair hope to spread lashings of seasonal cheer in a one-off TV special that will see them lay on a festive feast for deserving workers.

Kate and Mary team up for Christmas Image PA
Kate and Mary team up for Christmas Image PA

Kate and Mary team up for Christmas (Image PA)

The Mary Berry Royal Christmas Show – due to air next month – will see the 84-year-old cooking legend join forces with Kate to reward the selfless workers who are on duty over Christmas and New Year. Mary and Kate have become firm friends through their charity work – and a shared love of gardening.

n September, the two women were seen laughing uproariously as Mary helped Kate launch her Back to Nature children’s garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey – and now Kate is returning the favour by appearing as Mary’s guest of honour on her BBC One Christmas show. 

One source revealed: “What better way to spread some Christmas cheer than to team up cookery royalty Mary Berry with real royalty in the form of the Duchess of Cambridge? 

“Between them they will warm the cockles and bring seasonal goodwill to their guests and to the millions of viewers watching. 

“Expect a properly uplifting Christmas treat.” 

THE Duchess of Cambridge has opened a children’s hospice, five years after launching a £10million fundraising appeal to help build it. 

Kate, 37, spent yesterday afternoon meeting families who will benefit from The Nook – and told them that she could not imagine going through what they had endured. 

Kate arrives at the hospice
Kate arrives at the hospice (Image: PA)

Kate arrives at the hospice (Image: PA)

The Duchess, who is patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, wore a purple Oscar de la Renta skirt suit to open the charity’s latest facility in Framingham Earl, Norfolk. 

She was given a brief tour of The Nook before meeting parents of sick youngsters who will benefit from the hospice, and others whose children have died. 

Among them was Leigh Smith, who moved Kate to tears when they first met in 2014 – just months after her three-month-old daughter Beatrice had died from a rare heart condition. 

Following their private meeting, Ms Smith said: “She told me, ‘I don’t know how you did that, how you got through it’. 

“It was really lovely to see her again and she gave me a big hug. She’s very down-to-earth.” 

Kate also met Julie and Kevin Pitcher, whose son Benny, six, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this year. 

Mr Pitcher, from East Runton, said: “We told her how our lives had been turned upside down but you battle through. 

“She said that as a parent, she could not imagine having to go through that.” 

The Duchess also remembered meeting Keira Leggett in 2015 and laughed when she was shown a picture of them together at the event. 

Keira, whose two-year-old sister Ava died in August 2014 – told Kate that she had recently been having a hard time at school. 

The Duchess told her: “Be strong. Look after yourself, they don’t know what you have been through.” She added: “I’m so sorry about your sister. I’m in awe of how strong you are.” 

Kate has been patron of EACH since 2012, when she opened its first hospice in Ipswich. 

The charity cares for children with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.