Kate says children sometimes plead ‘mummy stop taking photographs’

Kate confessed her children sometimes don’t like it when she gets her camera out (Picture: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her three children sometimes ask her to put her camera down and stop taking photos of them.

Kate, who is a keen amateur photographer, said that George, Charlotte and Louis are sometimes reluctant to let her take their picture.

She made the comments during a conversation with a finalist of her Hold Still photography contest.

The duchess was discussing a photo taken by Ceri Edwards, which showed a hug between daughter Poppy and her father Mark before he left for work as a paramedic in Newport during the pandemic.

Kate praised the ‘strength, courage and resilience’ of the black-and-white image, named ‘Be Safe Daddy’, and said it stood out.

She said: ‘It’s such a sensitive and tender moment between father and daughter.

‘These simple moments have impacted so many and really resonated with so many across the country so thank you for sharing your photograph and your story.’

‘Be Safe Daddy’ was praised by Kate for its courage (Picture: Hold Still/Ceri Edwards)
Kate says her children sometimes ask for her to put away the camera (Picture: Getty Images)

During the phone call, which was recorded in Autumn 2020 and published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s YouTube channel yesterday, Kate and Ceri spoke about the power of photography.

Kate asked if Ceri’s husband was a photographer, to which she said: ‘No. Well, Mark would say otherwise just because I do take a lot of pictures of the family.’

Kate laughed and replied: ‘It’s like me. Everyone’s like, “Mummy, please stop taking photographs”.’

Ceri replied: ‘I know, but I love it. I love looking back. I think when you have children, time seems to go into warp speed, really, and it’s just a lovely thing for me. You look back and see how much the children have grown.’

The ‘touching’ portrait of father and daughter is among 100 photographs chosen from over 31,000 images for Kate’s Hold Still project.

The initiative aimed to capture and document ‘the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation’ as the UK dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.

People of all ages across the UK were invited to submit a photo which they had taken during lockdown. The book was published on May 7 and the digital exhibition went live on the National Portrait Gallery website in September 2020.

Proceeds raised from the sale of the book will be split between the mental health charity Mind and the National Portrait Gallery.

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