Kate Middleton and Prince William ‘joke about knobbly veg’ on foodbank visit

"Neat packer" Prince William and Kate Middleton joked about "knobbly vegetables" with volunteers during a surprise foodbank visit.

Volunteers at Windsor Foodshare were only told an hour before about William and Kate's arrival on Thursday morning (January 26) that the couple would be lending a hand at the Berkshire facility in Dedworth Green Baptist Church.

During the 10-minute meeting Kate asked whether there are many food banks in the area, whether the produce is fresh, whether some people struggle with the stigma sometimes associated with food banks and whether young people are getting involved in volunteering.

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William also asked: “What is the hardest thing? How do you start setting up a food bank?”

But the Prince of Wales showed his humorous side too, when he "joked about knobbly vegetables" with the volunteers.

Volunteer Emma Pilbrow told PA: “They were very natural and down to earth. I felt they wanted to be here and they showed a lot of interest.

“They asked where the food comes from and what happens to any vegetables that were left over. I also joked with them about knobbly vegetables.”

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At one stage when Kate was chatting to a group of four volunteers, William also joked that they should pick up the pace and stop talking.

He also joked with one volunteer that Kate usually does the shopping for their home.

Windsor Foodshare was set up in 2013 and gives out food vouchers at the church between 1pm and 3pm every Thursday, and between 6pm and 7pm the same day at Kerith Community Church.

The royal pair were then taken to the church where they helped a team preparing 98 food vouchers which can feed just under 200 people. Each parcel can feed a family for four to five days.

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