Prince William and Kate Middleton are doing their part to help out during the coronavirus pandemic. The website for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation, which is their primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle, has released an update in light of the current health crisis saying it “will do all it can to support those on the frontline of responding to COVID-19 in the UK.” In the coming weeks, the couple’s foundation will be working to connect their partners with those who are able to “provide practical support to frontline responders and their families.”
The Royal Foundation will also do all that it can to “promote and support the charities that can play a part in helping responders and their families with their mental health needs,” in addition to playing their “part in the national effort to thank and celebrate all those working on the frontline of this crisis.”
Prince William and Kate have personally thanked emergency workers for their vital work during the pandemic. Last month, the royal couple paid a visit to a London Ambulance Center, where they met with staff who have been taking NHS 111 calls from the public. William told them, “There’s a lot of people out there who want to help. A lot of work is closing down elsewhere so people are going to want to come and volunteer, people want to help, people want to be there to support you guys, and everyone knows what a fantastic job you guys are doing.”
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Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. • The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. • But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good. • Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. • They need our support as much as we need theirs. • All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. • That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus. • — The Duke of Cambridge
With the UK under lockdown due the coronavirus, the royals have been working from home and using video conference calls to carry out engagements. Ahead of Easter, Prince George’s parents video chatted with students and staff from Casterton Primary Academy. The Duke, who was named patron of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) on April 12, has also spoken via video chat with grassroots charities to hear about the challenges they are facing because of the COVID-19 outbreak and how they are using NET funding to support their communities.
Back in March, Kensington Palace shared photos of the Duke and Duchess working from their London residence. Alongside the images, the palace wrote: “Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time.”