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Kate and William reveal the one MAJOR rule parents must follow before schools reopen

Children of all ages have been kept off school for a considerable amount of time as the country battles the ongoing coronavirus crisis. As many parents prepare to send their children back to school in September, one of William and Kate's top lockdown parenting tips has been revealed.

Things haven't been perfect even for the parents of the Royal Family.

Kate recently explained there has been "up and downs" of 24/7 parenting.

Nonetheless, the Duke and Duchess have remained upbeat and smiling.

It has not only Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, that they have been supporting throughout this uncertain time.

In the crisis they've emerged as the face of a modern Royal Family, bringing the nation together in a time of danger.

For nearly a decade Kate has been all about supporting families and children's mental health.

Through her work, she's learned that being as honest as possible, without frightening youngsters, is the best policy.

That's why she never shies away from talking about tricky topics, whether it's prejudice, as she did ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day in January, or coronavirus.

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This is the one major piece of advice she has used in her own parenting when explaining the coronavirus to her three young children.

She said: "Although you don't want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it's appropriate to acknowledge things in simple ways and in age-appropriate ways," explained the Duchess on one of the many video calls she's made to connect with the public.

While the Cambridges would be the first to admit that they're luckier than most, with help from their Norland College-trained supernanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, they still found it useful to set up "a pretty strict routine".

In fact, the routine was so successful that they neglected to tell George and his siblings that the Easter holidays had begun.

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"I feel very mean," laughed mother-of-three Kate.

Other problems arose because their eldest didn't understand why his sister got to do cookery projects like making 'spider sandwiches', while he had to focus on literacy skills.

The royal parents use online games and creative resources to create fun moments throughout the day, "so it hasn't been all hard-core".

"Kate looks very happy and I should think she's really enjoyed having this time at home," says royal commentator Ingrid Seward.

"She usually does a lot of travelling, so having this extended period in one place and being with her children and her husband in the country has probably been really nice for her.

"They have a lot more freedom at Anmer than at Kensington Palace, which is a bit of a gilded cage."

Kate seems to have been highly productive with her time, ensuring her three children aren't missing out on a face paced routine while schools are shut.

She said: "You get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things you've done in that day: you pitch a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake," she marvelled.

"You get to the end of the day – they've had a lovely time – but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day."

Agreeing, William said: "We've been for the odd walk, odd bike ride as well, keeping the children busy and active and healthy. We haven't quite done the Joe Wicks workout that everyone else seems to be doing, but we aren't far off that probably. That might happen at some point."

This comes as Boris Johnson, and Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson continue to work on a way to try to ensure that all schools can open by September.

Detailed work is underway with schools, councils and unions to make sure all children are able to return in September if it is safe to do so, a Downing Street source said.

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