Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla and Countess Sophie joined forces and formed a powerful new trio amid lockdown. The royal ladies have joined the ranks of volunteer responders by taking part in ‘check in and chat’ calls reaching out to those struggling the most with the quarantine.
The Duchess of Cambridge reached out to Donna Williams, a mother of two. Williams is currently taking care of her daughter, Alessandra, who suffers from a rare form of Type 1 diabetes.
The Duchess of Cornwall called Doris Winfield who is self-isolating in Rickmansworth. Winfield said: “Having a chat with The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of months and it was wonderful to talk to her.”
“We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies. She was very interested in my family and how I was coping. It really cheered me up.”
Harry Deboo, who lost his wife around three years ago and recently had a triple bypass, was surprised with a call from the Countess of Wessex.
He said: “It was great to chat to The Countess of Wessex and really made my week. I have one son who doesn’t live locally – so I don’t get to see many people – especially now. I also like to keep the memory of my wife alive and it was great to chat about her. She really listened to every word and it was great to share our lockdown experiences together!”
Kate, Sophie and Camilla’s phone calls came just in time for Volunteer’s Week. It is annual celebration in the U.K. which traditionally takes place June 1-7.
On Monday, the Duchess of Cornwall shared a video thanking volunteers in her role as President of the Royal Voluntary Service. She said: “Whether you have been volunteering for decades, or are newly on call, you are all the thoughtful people, giving your skill, your energy and your time to support and care for others. The past weeks have seen a surge in volunteering, the like of which few will be able to recall.
“We now have a veritable army of 18,000 RVS volunteers and a staggering 600,000 NHS Volunteer Responders.
“This makes me incredibly proud of our country and of our national willingness to step forward to help in these very challenging times.”