PRINCE WILLIAM has come to the conclusion his patience is “shorter” than he thought after months of homeschooling during the coronavirus lockdown.
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The Duke of Cambridge spoke candidly on BBC Radio 5 Live’s That Peter Crouch podcast about the mundane aspects of his life, such as his parenting struggles. During the discussion, he confessed that he is not good at maths and he does not have patience to sit with his children to study at home.
He said: “I’ve found it pretty testing, not going to lie, trying to keep the children engaged in some kind of work, it’s been an interesting few months.
“I’ve learned through homeschooling that my patience is a lot shorter than I thought it was, that’s probably been the biggest eye-opener for me, and that my wife has super patience.
“I have to admit I’m a bit embarrassed about my maths knowledge, I can’t do Year two math.”
But Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has also admitted her lockdown struggles include ensuring her children are learning at home.
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The surprising reason why Prince William thinks he lacks patience (Image: Getty)
She said: “Don’t tell the children, we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays. I feel very mean.
“The children have got such stamina, I don’t know how.
“Honestly, you get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things that you’ve done in that day.”
She added: “It’s just having that bit of structure actually.
“And it’s great, there’s so many great tips online and fun activities that you can do with the children, so it hasn’t been all hardcore.”
Explaining about how the family coped during the lockdown, Kate said: “It’s been ups and downs, like a lot of families self-isolating.
“George is much older than Louis is and things but they are aware, I’m always surprised.
“And although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and age appropriate ways.”
She added: “You pitch a tent take the tent down again, cook, bake.
“You get to the end of the day – they have had a lovely time – but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”
But Kate and William have strict rules for their children when it comes to their free time and the use of technology.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have set bedtimes that the royal nanny, Maria Borrallo, ensures they abide by.
A royal insider told US Weekly: As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play, and encouraging an active imagination.
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have strict bedtimes (Image: Getty)
“They’re very much a normal family.”
During lockdown, the Cambridges have been staying in touch with friends and family members thanks to video conference apps.
Kate revealed they would to take to the platforms to “share in on birthday calls and things like that”.
She said: “I think your father and my parents and our families and things like that have really loved keeping in touch with the children because it’s really hard, particularly over family times like Easter and things like that, and not seeing each other.
“So we have been making sure we share in on birthday calls and things like that just to make sure we keep in touch with each other.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK