Prince William: "My grandmother becoming Queen at a very young age, in the days when it was a man's world, it was very difficult for her to … make a difference[...]"
Recently announced on Instagram, an upcoming BBC Christmas special, A Berry Royal Christmas, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge teaming up with British baking royalty, Mary Berry, to give back to the less fortunate, as she joins them on the charitable engagements closest to their hearts.
The trio visited The Passage, the UK's largest homeless centre. Mary Berry noted that “William actually went out and slept on the streets to know what it was all about."
The royal couple also spoke openly to the queen of cakes about how influential, his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been on both them and the nation. "...My grandmother becoming Queen at a very young age, in the days when it was a man's world, it was very difficult for her to … make a difference, " said Prince William.
"And she's done it - in her own very unique, distinct way. And you know, my grandmother and my grandfather together are the epitome of public service."
"They are such a great couple. They were caring, talking and trying to get to the bottom of what was wrong with these people and how they could help,” said Berry of their visit to The Passages.
During the conversation, William told Mary how he was also deeply impacted by the generosity of his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana: “Growing up, both of my parents were hugely charitable. My father set up the Prince’s Trust. He’s involved in so many different organisations.
“My mother has done her work with homelessness and, as you said, AIDS and other charities, and I think I’ve grown up in a household which has been very much a case of ‘well, we’re very lucky – you must give back'.
"And I personally get a lot out of helping people. I find that you hear and you understand and you learn so much more by giving a bit of your time, a bit of your day, to just be around."
It wouldn't be A Berry Royal Christmas without some baking. The episode ends with a "big Christmas party and I will be cooking up a feast for them to enjoy," says Mary. "I got them cooking a roulade. They were very competitive and kept looking at each other’s creations while they were making them.” The party feature will special guests including Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain.