To say that COVID-19 has been a nightmare is an understatement. Luckily, the crisis has also shown some of the best of humanity. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have been no exception.
Like many of us, they have been sheltering in place and homeschooling their two eldest children, George and Charlotte. But this has not stopped them from going out of their way to reach out to those on the frontline of the pandemic.
Some teachers in the UK have remained working during the COVID-19 pandemic to give children of essential workers a place to go during the day. The teachers and students of Casterton Primary Academy were treated to a lovely surprise when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge contacted them via Zoom to check on the kids and to thank the teachers for all their hard work.
I love that they referred to themselves as “Catherine and William” instead of their official titles. It truly goes to show how humble they are and how much they care about thanking these teachers for volunteering to look after these kids.
Catherine was quick to acknowledge how important it is for children to have a sense of normalcy and structure during this crazy time. She said, "Well done, honestly, to you and everyone who’s in during this time. It must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that the normality is there for their children. They’ve got the structure and they’ve got a safe place for them to be, so really well done to all of you."
Opening an NHS Hospital
Due to their advocacy for ending the stigma around mental health, William and Catherine are supporters of the National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. They posted an adorable video of their children clapping for NHS workers.
After Prince Charles virtually opened an NHS hospital earlier this month, William followed in his father’s footsteps. William helped fund The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham and attended the opening via Zoom on April 16. In his speech, William thanked all the workers for helping put the hospital together (in just nine days!). He said, “I can’t congratulate and thank all of you enough for all of your hard work in putting this together. It is a herculean effort and you should be, rightly, very proud of what you’ve achieved. Thank you for everything you’ve done. It really means a lot to everybody.”
The Royal Foundation
William and Catherine launched The Royal Foundation in 2009 to help support their favorite charities. On April 14, they made a statement on the foundation’s website about how the foundation will support those affected by COVID-19.
The statement reads:
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will do all it can to support those on the frontline of responding to COVID-19 in the UK. In the weeks ahead The Foundation will be:
Working to connect our partners with those who are able to provide practical support to frontline responders and their families;
Doing all we can to promote and support the charities that can play a part in helping responders and their families with their mental health needs;
And playing our part in the national effort to thank and celebrate all those working on the frontline of this crisis.
This is truly amazing. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are two of the wealthiest and most privileged people in the world, and they are dedicating the majority of their time to use their platform to help in this pandemic. Celebrities in Hollywood need to take notes from the Duke and Duchess because this is how it should be done!
The COVID-19 crisis has brought out some of the worst and some of the best in humanity. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have proved to be some of the best, further cementing their legacy as the sweetest and most genuine royals.