Louise Minchin usually presents BBC Breakfast Monday’s to Wednesday’s alongside Dan Walker. This week, however, she has been absent from the iconic red sofas. Yesterday, sports reporter Sally Minchin sat in, while today, Naga Munchetty who is usually seen hosting Thursday’s to Sunday’s joined Dan. But why was she absent? During today’s three hour show, BBC viewers found out what she had been doing instead and it had something to do with the Kate Middleton.
A few weeks ago, Louise took a week’s holiday, yesterday and today, however, she was involved in other BBC opportunities.
Dan introduced a segment which featured heavily throughout the show, he said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has told BBC there is a massive gap of support given to parents after the first few months of a child’s life until they then start school.”
And Naga added: “Duchess was talking as part of her involvement with the BBC’s Tiny Happy People initiative – it’s aimed at under fours and it wants to help parents develop their children’s communication skills.”
Dan continued: “Louise was the person who got the chance to go and meet the Duchess and delighted to say we can speak to her now!”
The camera then turned to an outside broadcast which showed Louise on location somewhere.
Dan said: “This is nice, to say we can interview Louise on BBC Breakfast. Good morning to you!
“And Louise, what is quite clear, this is an issue which she [Duchess] is thoroughly engaged in. Tell us a little bit about her involvement in it.”
“Well very good morning to you Dan, very good morning Naga and very good morning to everybody,” Louise replied.
“Yes it’s really clear she is absolutely passionate to early year’s development – and this is something that goes back to before she [Kate] was a mum before she was married actually to her university days.
“And that’s why she’s supporting the BBC’s initiative Tiny Happy People which is all about community casing and helping parents communicate with their really small children,” Louise explained.
She then told viewers her involvement: “What I did was I met her, and three of the parents involved in that project and we had a really good conversation about the stress of parenting and of course life in lockdown.
“She was really open and candid and she told us for example, even she found homeschooling her three children really challenging and she has a newfound respect for teachers.”
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A pre-recorded clip was then played showing Louise talking to Kate about the initiative and some parents which had been specially invited.
Following this, Louise told Dan and Naga: “As she [Kate] said, we all need to support ourselves.”
“Lou, did you give any tips yourself to the Duchess?” Naga asked. “Because yours [your children] are older now aren’t they?”
“Do you know what, I actually did, but I can’t say on camera!” Louise joked.