‘Fantastic’: Duchess Kate gives her first TV interview as a royal during tour of Pakistan

By Zach Harper

Duchess Kate has been a member of the Royal Family for 3,094 days. That’s the amount of time that’s passed since she wed Prince William on April 29, 2011.

During that time, she’s made many speeches, welcomed three children and settled in to her role as the Duchess of Cambridge, becoming a senior member of “The Firm” and helping other newcomers like Duchess Meghan adjust to their new lives. But she hasn’t given an interview during that period. That changed on Oct. 17, though, when she spoke to CNN during her royal tour of Pakistan with William.

After the future Queen Consort and the man who will be King one day flew in to Lahore, they stepped out to an SOS Children’s Village in the city. The facility is run by Austrian-based SOS Children’s Villages, which helps provide alternative families to children of different ages, who live together in a house with a full-time parent.

“I think William and I really wanted to come and see an SOS Children’s Village like this,” Kate told CNN’s Max Foster. “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.”

The couple attended a birthday celebration for three children during their visit. Photo: © Peter Nicholls - Pool/Getty Images

The Lahore SOS Children’s Village is home to 15 orphaned children. Children’s mental health and support for their welfare in their early years has been one of Kate’s biggest focuses during her charity work, and it’s something that has become huge at The Royal Foundation. The duke and duchess made children and youth one of the biggest priorities of their tour. Over the course of their five days in the country they visited a school, a cancer hospital and a Kalash village, where they spoke with many young people.

“It’s been fantastic,” Kate told CNN. “We’ve seen a lot of Pakistan, a huge variety. It was amazing to see some of the geography yesterday, but then to see some of the community activities today has been really special.”

The last time Kate spoke to the press was in 2010, when she and William announced their engagement.

“It’s obviously nerve-wracking because I don’t know the ropes, really,” Kate said when asked how she was feeling about joining the Royal Family. “William is obviously used to it, but I’m willing to learn quickly and work hard. I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.”

While William and Kate were visiting the SOS Children's Village, Kate made another first: she spoke Urdu! In a speech during the visit, she passed on her good wishes to three adorable children who were having a birthday party and had invited the couple to their celebration.

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“Iman, Ibrahim aur Daniyal apni salgirah pur bulanay ka bohat shukria,” she said, which means, “Iman, Ibrahim and Daniyal, thank you for inviting us to your birthday celebration.”

Just stunning!

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