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Prince William and Kate Middleton are preparing for a heartbreaking trip to Australia. The country has been devastated by bushfires in recent months, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly “deeply saddened” by the massive amount of loss the country has faced. Details of the trip have yet to be ironed out, but the couple hopes that their visit will help the country recover in the years to come.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton up their royal responsibilities

The trip to Australia is yet another example of how Prince William and Kate are taking on more responsibilities in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s stunning exit.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their departure at the start of the year. The two are stepping down as senior members of the royal family and will be splitting their time between the UK and North America.

As a result of their exit, other members of the royal family will be forced to pick up the slack. This includes Prince William and Kate Middleton, who already had a packed schedule to begin with. Other royals, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, may also be asked to step up, though nothing official has been announced.

Harry and Meghan’s exit is expected to become official this spring. The couple is reportedly planning on returning to the UK for one final engagement before they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

Australia faces historic bushfire season

Australia has been dealing with one of the worst bushfire seasons in its long history. The fires raged for months across Victoria and New South Wales, killing 33 people and burning over 2,000 homes to the ground.

Thousands upon thousands of local wildlife have also perished in the fires, which will reportedly cost Australia over $5 billion. To make things even worse, Australia is also dealing with a major drought.

In light of the widespread devastation, Prince William and Kate released a statement on social media expressing support for the people of Australia as they recover from the fires.

“We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods, and wildlife across much of Australia,” they shared. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event.”

The statement came following Harry and Meghan’s tour of Australia in 2018. The Sussexes made a slew of stops on the continent over the course of 16 days. They also visited New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji.

Inside the Cambridge’s trip to Australia

Prince William and Kate initiated the trip to Australia after reading about all the devastation caused by the bushfires. Inside sources claim that the two were “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news.

According to Daily Mail, Prince William and Kate hope to meet with victims of the fires during their trip to Australia, as well as some of the men and women who have been fighting back. The two are reportedly in discussions with the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, about the details of the trip.

Some of the potential stops include the like of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales. The palace is expected to make an official announcement in the coming weeks.

This will mark Prince William’s fifth trip to the region. William and Kate first toured Australia in 2014. They returned in 2011 following a series of floods that hit the country.

How are Prince William and Kate Middleton dealing with Megxit?

While Harry and Meghan are enjoying their time away from the royal spotlight, Prince William and Kate have been forced to take on more responsibilities as senior members of the royal family.

The added appointments have put a lot of stress on the couple, but sources claim that the drama has also brought them closer together.

“The Cambridges are busier than ever since Harry and Meghan left the UK. You’d think their hectic schedule would put a strain on the marriage, but it’s actually brought them closer together,” the insider dished. “Working as a team and supporting each other is essential at a time like this, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.”

As far as Harry and Meghan are concerned, the two have been relaxing in Canada for the past month. They did, however, recently book a speaking gig at a Miami summit that was hosted by JP Morgan.

The pair reportedly got paid for appearing at the event, though it is unclear how much they made. As part of their exit plan, the Sussexes will no longer accept public funding and will be financing their own endeavors.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit.