Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's First Joint Video Call Highlights Special Cause




Camilla, 72, said that she was filled with “a certain amount of trepidation" when she first visited a children's hospice about 13 years ago. But “when I arrived I was amazed . . . the feeling of warmth and laughter and happiness. The nurses and carers are just wonderful people and inspire happiness which was the opposite of what I thought it was going to be.”

Commending the work of children’s hospices at this difficult time, Camilla added, “We’d like to thank everybody that works for hospices across the U.K. for the incredible job you do and allowing families to treasure their moments together.”

She went on to describe nurses and carers as “the most wonderful people” that “inspire happiness.”

The royals also heard how the hospice movement had to be “agile on our feet” as they changed the way they worked during the pandemic.

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Tracy Rennie, acting chief executive of EACH, tells PEOPLE, “It’s a privilege to have the continued support of the Duchess of Cambridge for EACH and the children’s hospice movement as a whole, as well as the support of the Duchess of Cornwall, and it couldn’t be more welcome during such challenging and uncertain times.

“We’ve had to rapidly adapt how we deliver care and support, and the funding hit has been considerable. That said, the ever-supportive communities of East Anglia, along with the government, have been amazing, as always. Of course, it’s always particularly poignant when members of a bereaved family decide to do something for us and what Stuie’s done has been nothing short of incredible. We were delighted the family had this opportunity to share their experience with the Duchesses.”

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