Prince William promises to 'look after' Kate as he attends first royal event since her cancer announcement

Prince William promised to ‘look after’ the Princess of Wales as he made his first public appearance since her cancer announcement.

William, 41, gave a helping hand loading food and cooking in the kitchen at food distribution charity Surplus to Supper, in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey.

Volunteer Rachel Candappa, 71, handed two get well soon cards to the Prince addressed to the King and Kate.

The Prince of Wales, who looked visibly moved, said: “thank you, you are very kind”.

When Ms Candappa told Wills to look after Kate he placed his left hand on her shoulder and said “I will”.

Speaking afterwards she said: “I was at home at 8.30 last night and I thought I had to do something this is a chance to give a card directly to the palace officials. I didn’t think I’d be able to give the cards to William.”

Commenting on William appearing touched by her gesture, Mrs Candappa said: "He's human after all, remember he's royal, but apart from royal he's a husband, a father to the children, so he need to look after her."

The prince, 41, spent the Easter holidays with his wife and children as they took time away to process Kate’s diagnosis. In a video message on March 22, she asked that time, space and privacy be afforded to her family following her chemotherapy announcement.

William’s last public engagement was on March 19, when he visited Sheffield to promote his Homewards homelessness campaign. Kensington Palace previously said that he would resume public engagements after the school holidays, on a reduced timetable as he continues to support Kate, pictured with him.

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(Alastair Grant/PA Wire)

Founded in 2017, Surplus to Supper sources and distributes an average of 10 tons of food per week to food banks, schools, care homes, religious organisations and youth centres.

William attended Sunbury Cricket Club, the charity’s headquarters, to meet volunteers who aim to bridge the gap between food waste and food poverty across Surrey and London.

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(Alastair Grant/PA Wire)

“Reducing food waste has a considerable number of environmental benefits, including reducing emissions from landfill that contribute to climate change”, the Palace said, adding: “Protecting the environment for future generations is one of the Prince of Wales’s key priorities.”

William arrived at Surplus to Supper and told his hosts "Louis loves" cricket as he was introduced to his hosts.

Inside, the prince witnessed volunteers sorting out goodies including soaps, hand wash and make-up.

He told host Claire Hopkins, operations director, he was surprised "how much we throw away" as he witnessed all goodies being reused.

The prince also helped out in the kitchen with chef Mario Colfait who was making bolognese, sausage casserole and chili con carne.

He pulled on an apron called out: "It smells good in here Mario".

Before being handed a massive knife and asked to slice celery for the pot.

The kitchen cooks 'culturally-appropriate' food delivered to families in the area.

Wills joked he was worried about slicing his off fingers.

Prince William carries a tray of food items with Claire Hopkins, Operations Director (AP)
Prince William carries a tray of food items with Claire Hopkins, Operations Director (AP)

He said: "It's the biggest knife, hope for the best” and added "I don't want to mess up everyone's lunch. I hope I haven't ruined your lunch, but you can blame me."

Watching volunteers pack up food for the needy, he said: "It's amazing the amount of food and variety."

Speaking about his cooking skills, he told volunteers: "Mario took one look at my chopping and said 'move on'.

"I'm never normally trusted with a knife I'd cut my finger off. You all do a fantastic job and all this food is making my tummy rumble."

Prince William helps sort out food items for distribution (via REUTERS)
Prince William helps sort out food items for distribution (via REUTERS)

Wearing high-vis, the prince jumped out of the Surplus to Supper van at a youth centre and helped carry crates of food inside.

William met staff and volunteers at the Hanworth Centre Hub in Feltham, west London, and also spoke to teenagers about the services provided, after joking that they were "a bit nervous".

The prince asked how much the surplus food deliveries save the youth centre each year, and said he was getting the impression Claire Hopkins, the co-founder of Surplus to Supper, was "a bit of a hit in the local area", before laughing and apologising for making her blush.

It also emerged on Thursday that his brother Harry has now officially changed his country of residence from Britain to the United States.

The Duke of Sussex altered his personal details in connection with Travalyst, his eco-tourism non-profit organisation. He backdated his new official status as a US resident to June 29 last year — the day he and wife Meghan were ousted from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.