Kate Middleton ‘upstaged’ by adorable girl, 3, who was ‘princess for a day’

Kate Middleton was 'upstaged' by a little girl who was being a princess for a day during a video call.

The Duchess of Cambridge praised the 'lifeline' provided by a baby bank that became a vital service during the coronavirus pandemic.

During a video call, Kate highlighted the emotional and practical support mums have received by the charity Little Village.

The London-based charity provides clothes, equipment and toys for babies and children up to the age of five.

But during the video call, three-year-old Isla upstaged her mother and the duchess by saying hello.

She told Kate: "I'm a princess today."

On Tuesday, Vicky Jones, Isla's mother, described how the charity's volunteers welcomed her like a friend and she didn't 'feel judged'.

The duchess said: "It must be such a lifeline to you to have a support network like this, not only for you but also for your daughter as well.

"Because, you know, looking after yourself as a mom is just as important and it's (great) Vicky that you've got the supportive Little Village for the practical things but also the emotional things as well… help you do the best job you possibly can."

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Ms Jones introduced her daughter after saying "she entertains me to keep me happy" and "I'm surprised she's sitting quietly at the minute."

Kate said: "Hi Isla, you look very nice, I love your hairband."

And the little girl replied: "I'm a princess today, it's snowing outside."

The duchess spoke to Little Village founder, Sophia Parker, on a separate video call.

She was told the charity has adapted to the pandemic by retraining their volunteers who have made more than 7,000 calls to families.

Since its launch in 2016, the charity has supported more than 11,000 children and grown into the largest baby banks in the UK.

Ms Parker added: "Families simply don't have enough money to cover the basics so I think it's really important that we address those needs… but equally I also think we have to be really mindful about the mental health of the parents of young children, and the mental health of the children themselves as well."

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