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Kate Middleton was mistaken for Prince William's assistant during a public engagement—and her response was just what we'd expect from the royal icon.
- Kate Middleton showed off her witty humor after she was mistaken for Prince William's assistant during a public engagement in May 2020.
- Bingo player, Joan Drew-Smith, confused the Duchess of Cambridge for royal staff when she was introduced to her at her care home in Wales—much to the couple's amusement.
- In other royal news, the sexist rule that prevents Princess Anne from stepping in for the Queen makes the UK look like a 'backward sexist country'.
Kate Middleton was mistaken for Prince William's assistant during a public engagement at the beginning of the pandemic, much to the future Queen's amusement.
The hilarious confusion dates back to May 2020, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a virtual bingo game for the folks of Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, Wales. The couple teamed up for the popular pastime, taking turns to call out the lucky numbers on Zoom for a group of competitive pensioners.
At the end of the game, William and Kate were introduced to a resident named Joan Drew-Smith, who had some no-nonsense feedback for their bingo-calling skills. The regular player said that the experience "wasn't as good as it should have been"—a brutally honest remark that, fortunately, didn't seem to offend the good-humored couple.
Joan met the Cambridge duo once again in August 2020, when they paid a visit to the Welsh care home in light of the loosened Covid restrictions. The direct 87-year-old was quick to buckle down on her previous criticism, reminding Will and Kate that they "did a bloody s****y job" as bingo newbies.
It was at this point that Joan took a playful shot at Kate, asking Prince William, "Is that your assistant?"
Never one to make things awkward, the Duchess instantly laughed off the question, replying, "Well I am your assistant. I have been for a long time!"
Prince William was also able to see the funny side of the encounter, telling staff, "I love Joan, she's brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her."
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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