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Prince William and Kate Middleton face bingo-calling critic, 87

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left in stitches after a care home resident told them they did a ‘b****y s****y job at Bingo calling during a visit to Cardiff today.

William and Kate were visiting Shire Hall Care Home in the Welsh capital three months after speaking to staff and residents via video link and calling out the numbers for their weekly bingo session.  

Introduced to Joan Drew-Smith, 87, who made headlines in May when she said the royal bingo game ‘wasn’t as good as it should have been’, the Duke said: ‘Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!’

 ‘Yes,’ she replied. ‘You did a b*****y s****y job.’

The royal couple, briefly taken aback by her blunt assessment, roared with laughter, but they got a kinder response from fellow resident Margaret Stocks, 95, winner of the virtual game.

‘I did enjoy it,’ she told them. ‘I hadn’t played it before.’

‘Neither had we!’ replied the Duchess. ‘That’s why we were so bad!’

‘We enjoyed it just as much as you did,’ William added. ‘It was a new experience for us.’

William and Kate both sported masks during the visit to the care home’s garden, making it tricky to make themselves heard at times.

The Duke, who donned a blue fabric face covering, told Joan: ‘We have to wear masks because of the virus, but it’s difficult to hear sometimes when you can’t see someone’s mouth.’

‘Is that your assistant?’ Joan asked him, pointing at Kate.

‘Well I am your assistant,’ laughed Kate, putting a hand on her husband’s shoulder. ‘I have been for a long time!’

The meeting took place in a marquee set up for afternoon team just as the heavens opened.

‘We timed it right!’ said the Duke, who later told staff: ‘I love Joan, she’s brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her.’

Shire Hall provides residential, nursing and dementia care and is part of Hallmark Care Homes, a family-run care provider with 20 care homes across England and Wales.

Staff spoke about the measures that have been put in place in order to allow the residents to safely receive visits from family members and friends.

Earlier this year, the couple made a virtual visit to the care home, but this is the first time they’ve been able to visit in person, due to eased lockdown restrictions.

Speaking from their home Amner Hall in Norfolk, where they are spending lockdown with their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louise, two, they thanked them for their tireless efforts to continue to look after the most vulnerable in our society.  

During the chat, William admitted he was ‘particularly’ worried about young and ‘implications of school being missed’ during corona crisis.

Using a bingo spinner, the royals giggled while taking turns holding up balls to the screen, calling out the numbers in ‘bingo lingo’ as they joined residents for a game.

William told them: ‘Catherine is going to pick out the first ball,’ as Kate held it up to the screen for the residents to see, as she announced: ‘So, the first number is five and eight, 58.’

William then chose a ball and held it up to the screen, calling out: ‘One little duck, number two,’ followed by Kate calling out the next two balls: ‘Eight and seven, 87. Six and two, tickety-boo.’

Hearing Ms Drew-Smith call out ‘I won!’ the couple clapped, and William congratulated her.

‘Hi Joan,’ said Kate. ‘Well done!’ 

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