Duchess Catherine and Prince William’s Christmas message reveals hopes 'for a better 2021'

Their Christmas Message reflected on this difficult year

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to thank local volunteers and key workers for the work they are doing during the coronavirus pandemic and over Christmas
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Duchess Catherine and Prince William's Christmas message on their official Instagram revealed that the couple are “wishing for a better 2021”. 

Duchess Catherine and Prince William’s Christmas plans are thought to have changed dramatically this year, much like thousands of families’ Christmas plans across the country. With the ongoing effects of the pandemic meaning the Queen and Prince Philip have spent Christmas at Windsor Castle, it was previously believed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be spending the big day with the Duchess’ family. 

But with Tier 4 restrictions coming into force and affecting Berkshire where the Middletons reside, it is now thought that the couple and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis celebrated at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, attend a special pantomime performance

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Posting on Instagram the Duke and Duchess shared their thoughts on this rather unusual Christmas, reflecting on how different this year’s festivities have felt for everyone.

What did Duchess Catherine and Prince William’s Christmas message say?

In their official Kensington Royal Instagram account post, Duchess Catherine and Prince William wrote: ‘This Christmas our thoughts are with those of you who are spending today alone, those of you who are grief stricken from the loss of a loved one and those of you on the frontline who are somehow mustering the energy to put your own lives on hold and at risk to look after the rest of us.”

Continuing their heartfelt caption, the couple added: ‘Wishing you a merry Christmas doesn’t feel right this year, so instead we’re wishing for a better 2021’.

They also included links to many places offering support to those who are struggling, including mental health charity Mind, Samaritans and free, confidential, anonymous text support service Shout 85258.

The official Kensington Palace Instagram account also shared a series of pictures as part of the post which highlight exactly how different this Christmas has been.

With the new restrictions coming into force and many counties being placed into Tier 4, Christmas has been a difficult time for people up and down the country. Many families will have spent the big day away from loved ones.

As we look ahead to the start of 2021, it seems likely that Duchess Catherine and Prince William will not be the only ones who are wishing for a better year.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!