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How Bishop tickled the Duchess

Duchess of Cambridge and comedian John Bishop in North London today. Credit: PA

Liverpool comedian John Bishop had the Duchess of Cambridge in a fit of giggles today when they launched a new scheme to help families affected by addiction.

Kate, wearing a coral dress by Goat, was seen laughing at the end of the visit when Bishop appealed to the press not to focus on what the "style icon" was wearing, where the clothes were from or what hairstyle was in place - but to focus on the project they were supporting.

"Basically, don't make the story about me," he joked.

John Bishop entertains the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The VIPs were in north London supporting a pilot programme for the school-based project M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) Plus.

The initiative, funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief, and delivered by charities Place2Be and Action on Addiction, of which the Duchess is a patron, aims to provide early support for schoolchildren affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse.

Comedian John Bishop speaks during a visit to M-PACT. Credit: PA

John Bishop explains why 'private' donation became public

John Bishop has responded to criticism for making his £96,000 donation to the Hillsborough Families Support Group public.

Some people on Twitter questioned why he had released a statement about his donation. Here is his response:

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John Bishop: Hillsborough families 'are the best of us'

John Bishop announced his donation in a letter to the Liverpool Echo:

"After 25 years, the families of the 96 are now hopefully moving closer to a resolution.

“Reading the family statements from the inquest has brought home to me once more the individual loss that so many suffered.

“The donation I have made is no more important than any other donation from any other individual trying to support the families over the last 25 years.

"In 1989, I laid flowers in front of the Kop to pay my respects to those who had lost their lives and show support to their families.

“Today, making a donation to help assist in bringing the end closer seems more appropriate.

"The dignity with which the families have sought justice for over a quarter of a century is a lesson to us all.

“They are the best of us and will never walk alone.”

John Bishop donates £96,000 to Hillsborough campaign

John Bishop played in the recent Celebration of the 96 match at Hillsborough Credit: PA

The comedian John Bishop has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

The Liverpool supporter said he made the contribution to pay tribute to the families' dignity in their campaign.

The HFSG welcomed the gesture.