Video: 'Too much nattering going on over here!' Prince of Wales teases Kate as they sort donations at a Windsor food bank - and promise to come back 'without the entourage'
The Prince of Wales playfully teased Kate Middleton for 'nattering too much' as they packed parcels for struggling families at a food bank in Windsor today. Prince William, 40, and his wife, 41, visited Windsor Foodshare this morning to hear how the organisation provides for individuals and families, where they also helped to sort out donations and prepare packages for the local community. The Princess looked elegant in her Hobbs London Tilda Coat in fuchsia pink which she paired with a matching Hobbs jumper and a pair of smart black trousers. The couple appeared in good spirits, promising they would return in the future, and teased one another about who was better at packing the parcels. The princess styled her hair in a bouncy blow dry for the outing and chose a subtle smokey eye shadow and a sweep of blush. It is a look that Kate has gone for before. She last wore the colourful ensemble in November 2021, when she visited a school in London as part of her Early Years work. The couple praised volunteers for the ‘vital’ work they do at the food bank, just a stone’s throw from their Berkshire home, which offers not just basics such as bread and pasta, but also, unusually, eggs and fresh fruit and vegetables. The couple’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are also aware of the project as it is supported by their new school, Lambrook, the princess revealed. Kate said that some of the pupils come down to visit and see food bank first-hand, although it is understood that none of her children have done that yet. Organisers said the private prep school helps through harvest festivals and food drives. The couple were met by Foodshare’s organiser, Sarah Kember, and Reverend Matthew Scott, minister of Dedworth Green Baptist Church, where the initiative is based. They were taken inside to have a brief chat about how the project was set up a decade ago. Its 48 volunteers now help around 7,000 people a year and have seen demand for its services soar by 18 per cent in the last 12 months as the cost of living crisis has bitten. Each parcel will last around four days and can either be picked up from the church or delivered. Toiletries and cleaning products are also provided on a monthly basis. Individual and families are referred from a variety of sources such as schools, doctors, social services, churches and community wardens. The initiative, which part of Windsor Christian Action, gets no government funding and relies on donations - both in terms of produce and cash - from the public, as well as donated goods from local supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldo , Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. It costs £21,000-a-year alone to provide the fresh produce. Mrs Kember said: ‘We are now helping around 200 people a week and for many of them this is the only fresh food they will get all week. ‘ ‘What has been the hardest thing? How do you actually set up a food bank?’ William asked. Kate asked whether there had been a ‘slight shift’ in people’s awkwardness in obtaining hand-outs from food and baby banks.
Via: Daily Mail