Just a few weeks ago during the royal tour of Ireland, Prince William questioned if the media's response to the novel coronavirus outbreak was "a little hyped up." Now, as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in the United Kingdom—as of Wednesday, the country has had 2,626 confirmed positive tests—he seems to be taking the outbreak seriously and is amplifying the relief effort.
This afternoon, the Duke of Cambridge became the first member of the royal family to personally speak out about the ongoing crisis. He recorded a video message of support for the National Emergencies Trust today at Kensington Palace (above).
The National Emergencies Trust is currently raising money to support local charities in their initiatives to help those suffering as the result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“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,” Prince William says in the message.
“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.”
William's brother Prince Harry also issued a statement about the novel coronavirus outbreak on Instagram today.
"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."
SussexRoyal also pledged to share resources about navigating the outbreak as well as inspiring stories in the days and weeks to come.
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