The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left in stitches today during a face-to-face meeting with care home residents they had entertained as virtual bingo callers during lockdown.

William and Kate were visiting Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff three months after speaking to staff and residents via video link and calling out the numbers for their weekly bingo session.

Introduced to Joan Drew-Smith, 87, who made headlines in May when she said the royal bingo game “wasn’t as good as it should have been”, the Duke said: “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!”

“Yes,” she replied. “You did a bloody sh***y job.”

The royal couple, briefly taken aback by her blunt assessment, roared with laughter.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with resident Joan Drew-Smith

But they got a kinder response from fellow resident Margaret Stocks, 95, winner of the virtual game.

“I did enjoy it,” she told them. “I hadn’t played it before.”

“Neither had we!” replied the Duchess. “That’s why we were so bad!”

“We enjoyed it just as much as you did, William said. “It was a new experience for us.”

William and Kate spoke to residents three months after a video link call
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both wore face masks

William and Kate both sported masks during the visit to the care home’s garden, making it tricky to make themselves heard at times:

William, wearing a blue fabric face covering, told Joan: “We have to wear masks because of the virus, but it’s difficult to hear sometimes when you can’t see someone’s mouth.”

The royal couple spoke to staff, residents and their family members
Joan Drew Smith a resident at Shire Hall Care Home

“Is that your assistant?” Joan asked him, pointing at Kate.

“Well I am your assistant,” laughed Kate, putting a hand on her husband’s shoulder. “I have been for a long time!”

The meeting took place in a marquee set up for afternoon team just as the heavens opened.

“We timed it right!” said the Duke, who later told staff: "I love Joan, she's brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her."