Prince Williamjoins video call to Scottish charities from isolation at Amner Hall in Norfolk

Prince William jokes that the 'success of his family meals depends on what's on the table' as he joins video call to Scottish charities from isolation at Amner Hall in Norfolk

  • Prince William was seen joking about his family meals at Amner Hall, Norfolk
  • The royal, 37, joined a video call to various Scottish charities today
  • Duke is isolating with Kate Middleton, 38, and their children Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, 
  • Admitted that the 'success' of their family meals depends on 'what's on the table
  • This week, the Duke of Cambridge was due to be in Scotland, fulfilling the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

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Prince William was seen joking about his family meals at Amner Hall, Norfolk, in a video call to various Scottish charities today.

The royal, 37, who is isolating with Kate Middleton, 38, and their children Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, admitted that the 'success' of their family meals depends on 'what's on the table. 

This week, the Duke of Cambridge was due to be in Scotland, fulfilling the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which is conferred by the Queen. 

Given the cancellation of General Assembly of the Church of Scotland due to Covid-19, William instead spent time this week video calling Scottish charities, including PEEK, who provide hot and healthy meals to families in Glasgow.

In the video, chef Charlie is seen preparing meals for PEEK, explaining: 'Hopefully we've inspired a few home cooks and it's certainly taken the pressure off parents - you'll know yourself, the hardest time is dinner time'.

Laughing, William then replies: 'Yeah! It depends what's on the table. If you put something on that the children love, then dinner time goes very well.

But if you put something on they don't want, it's another ballgame.'

Prince William was seen joking about his family meals at Amner Hall, Norfolk, in a video call to various Scottish charities today

On Tuesday, the royal called Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Ayr to speak with two organisations: Finding Your Feet and PEEK Project (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid) to hear how funds from the National Emergencies Trust have been helping them. 

On Wednesday he spoke with Lifelines Scotland who support the wellbeing of Scotland's blue lights workers and volunteer emergency responders. 

In Scotland, NET's Coronavirus Appeal funds are distributed by The Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund to small charities and grassroots groups that are delivering real results for the most vulnerable and affected during this crisis. 

To date Foundation Scotland has supported 550 community projects and is actively encouraging other local groups and small charities to apply.

The royal, 37, who is isolating with Kate Middleton, 38, and their children Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, admitted that the 'success' of their family meals depends on 'what's on the table

The Duke first spoke to Cor Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet, which is a Paisley-based charity that provides physical and emotional support to amputees and those with limb absence across Scotland. 

Swift support from The NET Coronavirus Appeal and Foundation Scotland at the beginning of the pandemic allowed them to adapt their services, providing online and telephone counselling, as well as online lockdown classes. 

The call took place in Mental Health Awareness week and The Duke spoke with one of the charity's beneficiaries - Stephen - about the ways in which the organisation provide emotional support, which is particularly important at the moment as many of its members are 'high risk' and can suffer from loss of self-esteem and independence.

Prince Williamjoins video call to Scottish charities from isolation at Amner Hall in Norfolk

PEEK's CEO Michaela, and Charlie, their Community Chef, spoke about the importance of delivering healthy and nutritious food to the families they support during lockdown - 90 per cent of whom qualify for free school meals

Next on the video call were PEEK Project, who have provided 123,000 nutritious meals since lockdown began to families requiring assistance in East Glasgow. 

The Duke got a peek into their food truck - called PEEKACHEW - where they are making around 300 meals a day. 

PEEK's CEO Michaela, and Charlie, their Community Chef, spoke about the importance of delivering healthy and nutritious food to the families they support during lockdown - 90 per cent of whom qualify for free school meals. 

Funds from the NET's Coronavirus Appeal through the partnership with Foundation Scotland have enabled PEEK to respond to demand for hygiene and wellbeing packs, such as sanitary products and soap which are being provided alongside the food deliveries.

Over the past eight weeks, the NET's Coronavirus Appeal has distributed GBP32m through its partnership with the UK Community Foundations network and has helped support more than 5,000 grassroots charities and local organisations to meet the urgent needs of their communities.

Prince Williamjoins video call to Scottish charities from isolation at Amner Hall in Norfolk

The Duke first spoke to Cor Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet, which is a Paisley-based charity that provides physical and emotional support to amputees and those with limb absence across Scotland

Today, William also spoke to Lifelines Scotland to hear from representatives from the Scottish Ambulance, Police, Fire and Rescue services and Scottish Mountain Rescue about how they are working collaboratively with one another to embed mental health and wellbeing support across their services, and to tackle the stigma around seeking out support. 

The participants also spoke to The Duke about their own experiences with mental health throughout their careers. 

Prince Williamjoins video call to Scottish charities from isolation at Amner Hall in Norfolk

Last month he wrote to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to acknowledge the continued work that the Church are doing during this difficult time

Established in 2016, Lifelines Scotland seeks to help individuals and organisations understand how to best protect and support the wellbeing of both volunteer emergency responders and blue lights workers as they encounter stressful and potentially traumatic experiences, and what can be done if someone sustains a psychological injury. 

The charity also delivers training to emergency responders on workers on how to best cope with stress and look after their own mental health, and how to support their colleagues.

The Duke also heard more about the impact that the current coronavirus outbreak is having on mental health within the emergency responder community in Scotland, and thanked each of the organisations for their tireless work.

Last month, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched 'Our Frontline', an initiative which provides round the clock mental health and bereavement support to frontline staff and key workers. 

The Duke of Cambridge also chaired a roundtable with representatives from the emergency services sector and the NHS, including Lifelines Scotland, during which he heard more about the mental health challenges impacting keyworkers in the UK, and how Our Frontline can best support them.

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