William and Kate called out by unimpressed pensioner about their bingo skills

William and Kate (Photo: Getty/Gallo)
William and Kate (Photo: Getty/Gallo)

Sometimes it’s nice to know the seemingly perfect Cambridges aren’t good at everything.

The royal couple were left in stiches when a pensioner at a care home they visited on Wednesday called them out on their poor Bingo playing skills – and even swore at them.

Joan Drew Smith (87) made the remarks after meeting the royals in the flesh, three months after they did a virtual visit to the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff where they also called out the numbers for a bingo game.

On being re-introduced to Joan, William said, “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!’

“Yes,” she replied bluntly. “You did a bloody s***ty job.”

After being briefly taken aback by her answer, the royals broke in laughter, but got their feathers smoothed over when fellow resident and bingo winner, Margaret Stocks (95), said she “enjoyed” the game despite having never played before. 

But Joan was clearly on a roll because she also asked if the duchess was one of William’s aides.

“Is that your assistant?” she asked the prince while pointing at Kate, who had a mask over her face.

Thankfully the mom-of-three took it all in her stride, putting a hand on her hubby’s shoulder and replying, “Well I am your assistant. I have been for a long time!”

Later William told the staff that he just “loved” Joan. “I think she’s brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her.”

In their first physical joint royal appearance since lockdown, the couple also visited Barry Island in to hear how the tourism industry was getting back on its feet.

They were seen visiting an amusement arcade where both tried their hand at a game to win a soft toy from a claw machine. While Kate managed to grab a blue fish at one stage, she then lost it.

Despite not winning any prizes the couple didn’t go home empty-handed with the owner giving them some stuffed toys to take home for Prince William (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and two-year-old Prince Louis. Aw.


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