Kate Middleton opens up in emotional phone call as she reveals the one thing her children ask her to stop doing

Kate Middleton has shared the last of her heartfelt phone calls with Hold Still finalists

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to host NHS Charities Together and NHS staff at a unique drive-in cinema to watch a special screening of Disney’s Cruella at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on day six of their week-long visit to Scotland on May 26, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Kate Middleton has opened up in the last of her emotional Hold Still phone call series, candidly revealing the one thing that her children ask her to stop doing.

• Kate Middleton made a hilarious confession about her children during the last in a series of calls to Hold Still finalists.
• The Hold Still project was spearheaded by Kate Middleton and invited people to share their experiences of the UK’s lockdown with a photographic portrait.
• In other royal news, Prince Harry takes a break from paternity leave for a special Invictus Games announcement


Kate Middleton has shared the emotional seventh and final phone call with a Hold Still finalist and revealed the hilarious request she sometimes gets from her children. The Duchess of Cambridge spearheaded the Hold Still project, which invited people to submit photographic portraits taken during the UK's Covid-19 lockdown and share their unique experience of this difficult time. Last month, the final 100 images were released in book form, entitled Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, which has gone on to be a Sunday Times Bestseller. 

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton’s moving phone calls with several Hold Still finalists have been released on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new official YouTube channel over the past few weeks. The calls, which took place last autumn, have allowed Kate to learn more about the story behind each of their powerful photographs. 

Now the final call has been shared and Kate candidly chatted with Ceri A. Edwards about their families. 

Ceri was the photographer behind the portrait, Be Safe Daddy, which showed her daughter Poppy sharing a cuddle with her dad, a paramedic. Kate Middleton remarked upon how “cuddles are very, very important” in this emotional phone call—a wonderful sentiment that also featured in the initial clips of the series shared on social media. But it was Kate and Ceri’s discussion about family photographs that saw the Duchess warmly open up about her own children. 

Kate asked Ceri if she was a photographer, to which she replied that she wasn’t before going on to disclose that she does take “a lot of pictures of the family”. 

“It’s like me,” Kate responded. “Everyone’s like, ‘Mummy please stop taking photographs!’” she hilariously added.

This adorable admission regarding her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ reaction to her photography hobby comes after a royal photographer praised her “beautifully composed” family portraits

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Throughout recent years, Kate’s passion for picture-taking has seen many of the most iconic shots of the Cambridge family shared with the world.

From birthday pictures of George, Charlotte and Louis, to beautiful photographs of the Queen with her great-grandchildren, Kate really knows how to capture a magical moment.

And though it seems the Cambridge children might not always appreciate the number of photographs their mother takes, the final results consistently delight royal fans.

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!