This afternoon, Prince William became the first member of the British royal family to personally speak out about coronavirus pandemic.
In a video, shared on their Kensington Royal Instagram account, the Prince showed his support for the National Emergencies Trust. The National Emergencies Trust has started a fundraising appeal to help those suffering due to the coronavirus outbreak. It was launched on Wednesday in partnership with the British Red Cross.
Prince William spoke from the heart, telling supporters: “Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the UK have a unique ability to pull together. The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature.
“The public’s desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channelled in the best possible way – which is why the establishment of National Emergencies Trust was so important.
“I said at its launch last year that I dreaded the day when it would be needed. Sadly, with the outbreak of Covid-19, that day has come faster than any of us would have hoped.
“But now, more than ever, I am grateful that The National Emergencies Trust exists. It will ensure that support reaches those across the UK who need it most, as quickly and efficiently as possible. And it will help to ensure that all our efforts to overcome this challenge are channelled in the best possible way.”
Prince Harry and Meghan expressed their support on Instagram today and encouraged their followers to come together.
“These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary,” reads a post shared by the SussexRoyal account.
“There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit.”