Kate and Prince William spark health fears as royal pair's decision questioned

KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William sparked health fears amid the coronavirus crisis as royal commentators hit out at the senior royals for not keeping their face masks on for the whole time during an engagement.

PUBLISHED: 20:12, Thu, Oct 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:14, Thu, Oct 22, 2020

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, both 38, celebrated the launch of Kate's Hold Still photographic exhibition by meeting a volunteer who featured in one of the pictures on display on Tuesday. They travelled to Waterloo in south London to view one of the public exhibition sites for the duchess' project which challenged the public to document life under lockdown with a camera or smartphone. But royal commentators Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed how the senior royals did not wear their masks throughout the meetings.

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Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Ms Fiorito said: "They didn't wear masks in all of the encounters which I thought was kind of interesting."

Ms Bowie added: "They wore them outside at the table but I do feel it's very jarring because the UK numbers are so, so bad for COVID-19."

Ms Firito continued: "It is crazy though.

"I can't even fathom 30 million people there on high alert.

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Kate Middleton newsKate and Prince William celebrated the launch of Kate's Hold Still photographic exhibition (Image: GETTY)

"It just feels like this would be a perfect moment again to lead by example and also just to wear a new mask.

"I would love if there was a matching outfit one. I want her to switch it up a bit."

The couple met Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayad, a volunteer at a community Food Hub in Hackney who featured in one of the portraits displayed at the site - Sami - by Grey Hutton.

Wearing a face mask and a red ankle-length coat, the duchess, who was joined by her husband, told Ms Duah: "Thank you so much for the image. It had

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