Prince William and Kate have faced criticism over their bingo presenting skills, with an unimpressed pensioner telling the couple: ‘You did a bloody s****y job’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Shire Hall Care Home, in Cardiff, today having previously met residents and staff via video-link in May. At the time, they read out the numbers for the home’s weekly bingo game.

Resident Joan Drew-Smith, 87, had been left unimpressed by the pair, telling reporters that the game ‘wasn’t as good as it should have been’ after they stepped in as hosts.

She was reminded of the incident by William during their visit today and chose to stick to her opinion, telling the Cambridges: ‘Yes, you did a bloody s****y job.’


Kate and William then both burst out laughing at Ms Drew-Smith’s poor review of their presenting, with the Duke joking that her reply was ‘excellent’.



He asked her: ‘Was it that bad? Was it the worst you’ve ever seen?’ to which she responded: ‘I’ve got more to see. Every time you have a party I will just come and have a nose and I will tell you afterwards.’

Fortunately William and Kate received more positive feedback from fellow resident Margaret Stocks, 95, who told them that she did enjoy the bingo, adding: ‘I hadn’t played it before.’

The Cambridges made two stops in Wales today, visiting the home in Cardiff and a series of tourism spots on Barry Island, home of popular TV show Gavin and Stacey.

Together, they toured the haunts of the comedy drama’s characters, including Island Leisure amusement arcade, which served as the the iconic setting for ‘Nessa’s Slots’ where Ruth Jones’ character worked for a period.

Kate enjoyed trying her luck on a crane game, giving a double thumbs up and crying out ‘yes’ when her prize appeared to be coming closer, before looking disappointed when it fell from the claw.

Their visit comes just as businesses in Wales have started to welcome the public back following months of closure.

During their tour, they heard from local firms about the impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector.

William confessed that Gavin and Stacey was ‘one of the few boxsets’ he hadn’t seen, but said he knew how much it had done for ‘the economy here’, describing it as a ‘wonderful series’.

Although the visit was kept secret to avoid crowds, hundreds of holidaymakers flocked to the barricades and waved to the couple and they stopped at a distance to speak to well-wishers.

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