KATE Middleton has left copies of her new book dotted around London – and they are filled with secret letters.
The Duchess of Cambridge was filmed hiding editions of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 around the capital this morning, announcing on Twitter: "Let the Search begin!"
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Each copy is adorned with a gold book fairy sticker, gold ribbon, and has a letter from The Duchess tucked inside.
Sharing a video on her official Twitter account, Kate wrote: "Let the search begin! We’ve joined @the_bookfairies for the day to share copies of Hold Still around the UK with you."
The hardback features a selection of photos showing life during the Covid pandemic – with proceeds going to charity.
One hundred of the photos will go on permanent display at The National Portrait Gallery, where Kate was pictured arriving this morning.
The book is currently racing through the charts, positioned number one on Amazon’s Portraits in Art, Architecture and Photography section.
It is also currently number five on the overall bestseller list while Meghan Markle's kids book – due for publication on June 8 – is at number 24.
The Duchess of Sussex penned The Bench after originally writing a poem for Harry's first Father's Day from Archie, who has just turned two.
The mum-to-be's pen name is given as: "Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex" and she will also narrate an audiobook of the tale, published by Random House Children's Books.
Yesterday, Kate Middleton called up and chatted with four-year-old Mila Sneddon, who featured in the Duchess's Hold Still project.
The clips are the first of a series of phone calls that the Duchess of Cambridge held with participants from the project in the Autumn last year.
Kate spoke to a number of the 100 finalists who shared their experiences of life during the first Covid lockdown.
In one image entitled Shielding Mila, the little girl was shown kissing the kitchen window as her father Scott stood outside.
The youngster, who is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia, was separated from her dad, who had to go to work and who could not risk bringing coronavirus into the family home in Falkirk.
Mila began the call saying: "Good morning your royal highness", with Kate replying: "Good morning. Goodness me, you're so polite Mila."
The Duchess thanked Mila, and her mother Lynda who took the image, for sending in the "fantastic" pictures, adding: "We love your photograph."
Kate asked Mila about being apart from her father: "How come you couldn't see him for so long?"
Mila replied: "Because he had to look after me because I went for a treatment."
The duchess asked: "Was it really hard not seeing him?"
Mila replied it was and told of the moment they were reunited after seven weeks, saying: "When he came into the house I was like, so surprised."
Mila also asked the Duchess: "Do you have a costume?"
Kate replied: "I'm not wearing a princess costume right now, I'm afraid Mila. Do you have lots of dressing-up outfits yourself?"
Mila replied: " Yeah" and told the Duchess her favourite colour was pink.
The Duchess replied: "OK, well I have to make sure I go and try and find myself a pink dress so that hopefully, when one day hopefully, Mila we'll get to meet and then I'll remember to wear my pink dress for you. Would that be nice?"
And the little girl replied with excitement: "Yay!"
The sweet clip was posted as part of a video on the Cambridges' new YouTube channel – which launched on Wednesday
Kate and William are expanding their social media presence, after running a successful Twitter account and Instagram page.
Yesterday they released a 25 second clip compiling some of the moments where they have met with and larked around with royal fans.
A tweet on their Kensington Royal account said "we're now on You Tube", as they encouraged people to subscribe.
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