Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. It's understood that the Sussexes, who are currently living in Canada, are taking appropriate measures and heeding the advice of the government to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
And today on Instagram, they're sharing tips advising on how to deal with social distancing, and providing some invaluable mental health resources during this difficult time.
The post on Sussex Royal features a graphic image of the phrase: "Today I feel ___________."
"With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared...and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things," the caption begins.
"But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?)," it continues. "Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness."
From there, Harry and Meghan list a number of resources, including the Crisis Text Line, Shout UK, and the Kids Help Phone in Canada, which can be accessed via your phone if you need support.
They also promote volunteering for these organizations, as it can be done from home, while social distancing.
Additionally, the royals also emphasize the importance of staying connected to family and friends during this period of isolation. "Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected—ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer," Harry and Meghan suggest. "If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life."
Their words echo a message of support shared by the Queen yesterday, as she headed to Windsor early for the Easter holiday amid concerns over COVID-19.
"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge," she wrote. "You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."
In Instagram stories, Harry and Meghan also shared a reading of the poem "Lockdown" by an Irish priest, which describes the moments of beauty and community in this terrible pandemic. They said they found to be quite moving—listen to it below:
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