Duchess of Cambridge enthuses over ‘fantastic’ Pakistan in first ever TV news interview

Exclusive by Max Foster and David Wilkinson, CNN


Published Friday, October 18, 2019 10:34AM EDT


Last Updated Friday, October 18, 2019 10:37AM EDT

The Duchess of Cambridge has given her first ever tv news interview, telling CNN completely that the royal tour of Pakistan with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has been “really special.”

Kate informed CNN the five-day official journey had allowed the couple to see lots of the nation.

“It was amazing seeing some of the geography yesterday, but then to see some of the community activities today has been really special,” the duchess mentioned, Prince William standing alongside her.

The duchess spoke to CNN throughout an engagement in town of Lahore Thursday the place the royal couple had been visiting SOS Children’s Village, a charitable group established in the late 1970s. The undertaking supplies 150 orphaned youngsters with a house and household construction, and, in response to the group, helps children become joyful, assured and resilient adults.

“William and I really wanted to come and see an SOS Children’s Village like this,” Kate continued. “There’s so many vulnerable women here but they’ve really used their positivity and the support that the Village here provides them … to support and protect the next generation of children in their care and give them the best possible start to their future lives.”

Moments earlier than, Kate impressed the gathered crowd by delivering the opening remarks of her speech in Urdu.

“You have shown us too that it is not simply a term that describes the relationship between blood relatives,” the duchess mentioned. “Instead it describes those special bonds we share with those who make us feel safe and supported. It is the quality of those relationships that matters.”

She continued, “Together as a village you might be remodeling youngsters’s lives and offering them with robust foundations to assist all their households.

“Here, women who were once vulnerable, now play the most vital of roles as mothers and it is most heartening to see that you are not doing this alone.”

Kate ended the handle as she started, in Urdu, wishing three youngsters a cheerful birthday.

The couple had been on the penultimate day of their tour, which noticed them be a part of a cricket match on the National Cricket Academy earlier than visiting the Badshahi Mosque often known as essentially the most iconic Islamic website in Lahore.

The royals additionally visited the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

The engagement was little question a poignant second for the longer term inheritor to the throne as his late mom, Diana, the Princess of Wales, beforehand visited the medical facility as a visitor of now Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

At the hospital, the couple visited the kids’s ward and hung out with sufferers present process remedy earlier than assembly with a number of households.

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