Thousands flocked to social media to praise the royal couple for their ‘warm and humble’ approach – and swoon over Britain’s hot new double act: Kate and Mary Berry.
Naturally many viewers couldn’t resist drawing a comparison to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s documentary earlier this year.
Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on ITV in October, was indeed very different in terms of style and tone – with the duchess revealing she’s struggled with being in the spotlight and the duke’s remark that his anxieties require ‘constant management’ sparking concern for the couple among the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s festive BBC documentary, featuring Mary Berry and former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, has certainly proved a huge hit with viewers
Naturally many viewers couldn’t resist drawing a comparison to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s documentary earlier this year, in which Meghan revealed her struggles with life as a member of the British Royal Family
Meanwhile William and Kate’s playful roulade battle, their light-hearted banter with Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain and candid remarks about their children, interwoven with them discussing the charitable causes they’re passionate about, was seemingly more palatable for viewers.
One tweeted about A Berry Royal Christmas: ‘THAT is how you do a royal documentary. Warmth, happiness, love, teamwork and nothing but respect for charity and people. And LOL at Prince William immediately recruiting Nadiya or Shout! What a King!’
‘This is how we like to view the BRF (British Royal Family),’ wrote another. ‘Not asking if they are “okay” or wondering if they can manage to get out of bed.’
And one commented: ‘Such a wonderful contrast to the other Royal “documentary” we have seen this year.’
William and Kate’s playful roulade battle, their light-hearted banter with Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain and candid remarks about their children, interwoven with them discussing the charitable causes they’re passionate about, was seemingly more palatable for viewers
William and Nadiya went head-to-head with Kate and Mary to fold and design the best roulade for a charity Christmas dinner organised by the royal couple
Fans praised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their warmth and humble attitude, with many claiming their documentary hit the nail on the head
‘The Cambridges are exactly what we expect from the RF,’ added another. ‘I hope Harry hangs his head in shame at his stupidity and complaining.’
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey told the story of the couple’s first official foreign tour with their son Archie, which took place in South Africa.
The focus initially was certainly on the incredible work carried out by the couple and their desire to bring about positive change, with Meghan visiting Nyanga township, the so-called ‘murder capital’ of the country.
She delivered an inspiring speech to young women, in which she addressed them as a ‘mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister’.
Yet the attention soon shifted to the couple’s own troubles, with Harry confessing to presenter Tom Bradby – a close friend of his – that he still struggles to deal with the ‘incredibly raw’ death of his mother, Princess Diana, and believes he and his brother are on different paths.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey told the story of the couple’s first official foreign tour with their son Archie, which took place in South Africa – and the prince opened up about his grief for his mother, which is still raw
Some viewers claimed the Cambridges won the ‘battle of the documentaries’ against the Sussexes
Meghan later confesses to having ‘no idea’ of the struggles she would deal with as a member of the Royal Family, and claims not many people have asked her if she’s OK.
She revealed her friends warned her not to marry Harry because the media focus would ‘destroy your life’, and admitted that since the wedding and during her pregnancy she felt ‘vulnerable’.
By contrast, A Berry Royal Christmas showed Kate and William as a tight family unit, with Mary Berry describing them as a ‘pigeon couple’.
‘When they are together, he’s constantly touching her arm and looking over at her smiling and she’s the same with him. So natural,’ she told Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine.
The Kate-Mary duo was hailed by fans – with some calling for them to have their own show – and viewers were left in stitches when the former Bake Off judge made an innuendo-filled quip while icing cakes
A Berry Royal Christmas features the Cambridges – along with the queen of British cookery herself – on four royal engagements to meet the people whose lives have been changed by the support of these charities.
The Kate-Mary duo was hailed by fans – with some calling for them to have their own show – and viewers were left in stitches when the former Bake Off judge made an innuendo-filled quip while icing cakes, innocently asking the future queen if she’d like to ‘have a squirt on a cake’.
It was sweet, quintessentially British moments like this, as well as Prince William making a ‘strong cup of tea’ for residents of a homeless shelter and jovially suggesting he dye his blue like one of them, that made the BBC Christmas special such a hit.
Viewers praised the Cambridges for coming across as humble and down-to-earth. Pictured: Kate high-fiving an Irish Guard during the roulade competition
Kate openly discussed her children, including their eating habits – Princess Charlotte is a fan of Charlotte potatoes – and revealed one of Prince Louis’ first words was ‘Mary’
While Harry and Meghan have been steadfastly private about their son Archie, refusing to reveal his godparents ahead of his Christening, Kate revealed that one of Prince Louis’s first words was ‘Mary’ after spotting Mary Berry’s cookbooks around their house.
She also discussed their eating habits – Louis loves beetroot while Princess Charlotte is a fan of Charlotte potatoes – while Prince William confessed his eldest son supports Chelsea FC, despite him being an avid Aston Villa supporter.
Viewers praised the Cambridges for coming across as humble and down-to-earth, with one tweeting: ‘Oh I just love William and Kate… so down to earth, so humble and wanting to help others less fortunate!! Good for you!!’
Another wrote: ‘William and Catherine are going to absolutely boss being on the throne.’
‘Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is exquisite. When I watch the Royal Family I feel so immensely proud to be British,’ commented another.
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