Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
Published 2:54 p.m. ET April 19, 2020 | Updated 7:54 a.m. ET April 20, 2020
Prince Charles addressed his health after overcoming a mild symptoms of the coronavirus. Prince Charles also expressed concern about all those suffering through difficult circumstances.
Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has made a rare public statement praising those tackling the new coronavirus pandemic and keeping essential services running.
Prince Philip, who turns 99 in June, said he wanted to recognize the “vital and urgent” work of medical and science professionals. He also gave thanks to key workers including people working in food production, garbage collection, and postal and delivery services.
The royal, who retired from public duties in 2017, signed off simply with “Philip.” Philip has been staying with the queen at Windsor Castle with reduced staff for their safety.
His grandson Prince Harry made similar comments recently, applauding U.K. efforts to fight the coronavirus, from health-care workers to volunteers risking their lives to help others.
Speaking in an episode of the “Declassified” podcast posted Sunday, the royal, 35, reflected on his time as a captain in the British Army, celebrating people who have chosen to serve others – especially now, in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
“It’s remarkable and I just want to give a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the (National Health Service) workers and everybody that’s volunteering, because up and down the U.K. … there are literally hundreds of thousands of people volunteering,” he said. “It’s such a wonderfully British thing that we all come to help when we’re needed.”
Speaking on his background in the military, the prince highlighted the importance and benefits of serving one’s community.
“Without question, to help others, to give back and to play a part in society and your community and to be a good neighbor makes you a better person, makes you feel better, is good for your well-being, is good for your mental fitness,” he said. “The more that we can do it, the better.”
Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, have been giving back to their communities both in the U.K. and Los Angeles amid the pandemic.
The couple volunteered in LA on Easter Sunday and Wednesday with Project Angel Food, an organization that provides healthy food to those who living with serious illnesses, to help relieve the staff who’ve been working long hours to meet demand, a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to USA TODAY.
Harry also recently spoke virtually with parents, children and caretakers involved with Britain’s WellChild charity, for which Harry is a patron. He acknowledged the way individuals are struggling to cope through “strange times” and urged the families of children with conditions that make them vulnerable to coronavirus to keep morale high and take care of each other and themselves.
“Everyone is experiencing the same thing in a very unique way. But the longer this goes on for, I imagine the harder it is for each and every one of you,” he said. “The recovery is going to take a long time for everybody, especially for the child support sector and charities like WellChild. I think in the immediate time, it’s really about supporting each other.”
He added: “It’s really important for people to remember that just because you as a parent – or as anybody – can sit there smiling, being like, ‘This is fine,’ but what’s actually going on in your mind and the experiences you’ve had over the last few weeks and in some cases, maybe years, the resilience and the strength that you guys have is absolutely incredible,” he said. “You must never, ever, ever, ever forget that.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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