Prince William and Kate Middleton Offer Support Amid Coronavirus Crisis: ‘It’s Normal to Feel Frustrated and Get Anxious’

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are offering some words of support and mental health resources during these uncertain times. With people self-isolating and unable to visit with family members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Cambridges are highlighting how it’s so important to make mental health a priority.

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The Cambridges offered words and resources for support

Prince William and Kate are providing words of support during the difficult time that people are currently facing, providing reassurance that it’s OK to ‘”feel frustrated, miss loved ones and get anxious.”

The Cambridges narrate a special Every Mind Matters film, set to air on TV on Monday, and the couple acknowledges these trying times, sharing, “we’re in this together.” Empty streets are shown as Prince William notes, “All over the country people are staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

“It’s not always easy. We can feel frustrated, miss loved ones or get anxious,” he adds.

Kate continues, “So now, more than ever, Every Mind Matters. There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing at this time.”

“Every Mind Matters can help get you started with your NHS online plan. Showing you simple steps to help deal with stress, boost your mood and feel on top of things,” Prince William adds.

The duchess continues: “Search Every Mind Matters to get your action plan today,” before the two assure viewers, “We’re in this together.”

Prince William spoke about Prince Charles’ health

In an interview with BBC, Prince William discussed the worry he had when Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus. “I have to admit, at first I was quite concerned,” he explained. “He fits the profile of somebody, at the age he is at, which is fairly risky. And so I was a little bit worried.”

He continued, “But my father has had many chest infections, colds, things like that over the years, and so I thought to myself, if anybody is going to be able to beat this, it’s going to be him.”

Prince Charles spoke after his period of self-isolation, sharing, “As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed.”

Prince William and Kate are keeping in touch with family

In addition to sharing his thoughts on his father’s health, Prince William also said that his grandparents’ well-being is on his mind. “Obviously I think very carefully about my grandparents, who are at the age they are at,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to make sure that they are isolated away and protected from all of this.”  

They are also keeping in touch with family, with Prince William confirming, “We have been talking to all of the family online. It has been a really great way of keeping in touch.”

Kate added, “Your father and my parents and our families have really loved keeping in touch with the children.”

“It’s really hard times particularly over family times like Easter and things like that, and not seeing each other,” she shared. “So we are making sure we share in on birthday calls and make sure we keep in touch with each other.”

“It can be quite hectic, I won’t lie, with a two-year-old, who is always trying to take the phone away,” Kate noted.

Prince William added, “He sees the red button and always seems to want to press the red button.”