Kate, 38, and William, 37, have partnered with several leading charities and organizations to support the mental health of key British workers during this time of national crisis. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will use their Royal Foundation to provide 24-hour resources to those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a sincere statement, William paid tribute to the sacrifice that millions of people have made every day since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke of his own first-hand experiences on the emergency front line and recalled the emotions experienced during his work as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched a new mental health initiative
Kate and William currently live at Anmer Hall in Norfolk
William said: “In the past few weeks, millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health at risk to protect us all during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Every day they face traumatic situations at the same time as they face their own concerns about the risks to themselves and their families.
“It is taking a heavy toll and as I have seen for myself through my work with the air ambulance, without the right support at the right time, the challenges they will face will only be greater.
Prince William completed his last shift with East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2017
“Catherine and I, in collaboration with the Royal Foundation, will do everything we can to support our front line.
“This work will be our top priority for the months to come. “
Work on the initiative will begin immediately and later today, William will chair a conference call with key emergency services representatives to obtain a more detailed overview of the mental health issues facing workers.
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Kate spoke to a number of NHS staff during the coronavirus lockout
Duke to join video call by NHS England and NHS Improvement, Faculty of Pre Hospital Care – Royal College of Surgeons, Mind, Lifelines Scotland, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, National Police Chiefs’ Council, Fire Fireers Charity, Police Care UK and Ambulance Staff Charity.
During the coronavirus lockdown, Kate and William also spent time talking to a number of dedicated NHS members.
The couple connected a video call to the University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire and the Queen’s Hospital Burton in the West Midlands on Friday.
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The royal couple spoke with up to eight heroic staff – including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.
Public Health England launched the Every Mind Matters mental health campaign on Monday, which included a television film told by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate and William currently live in isolation at Queen’s Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their three children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.
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The royal family, like the rest of the public, remains confined to their home and could not personally wish the Queen a happy 94th birthday on Tuesday.
The Kensington Palace couple’s social media accounts shared a birthday message to Her Majesty alongside a photo of William and Kate.
On Thursday, the couple’s youngest child, Louis, fifth of the throne, will celebrate his second birthday when the country closes.