Kate Middleton and Prince William Gave an Important Interview While Self-Isolating
While on the show, the royal couple thanked the medical professionals and volunteers who have spent so much time on the frontlines as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on. They also highlighted some of the challenges that come with mental health during this difficult time, speaking on the strength that healthcare workers must display which helping others to fight this illness. They noted their Every Mind Matters mental health initiative, which works to help others take measures to improve their mental state and find support for others.
“We felt very strongly that now more than ever this was a vital tool and a vital service that people could easily access at home to guide them and give them just some very basic tips to mind their mental health, to mind their mental wellbeing through this process," said Prince William.
"I think again, staying connected, staying positive and being able to talk to friends and family is so crucial and having just some tips and some ideas as to how to tackle some of these strange feelings and difficult circumstances we’re finding ourselves in is really important, just to nudge us through these next few weeks." He spoke briefly on how difficult it can be for workers to deal with upsetting situations like death and things of a delicate nature.
"Frontline workers are used to dealing, sadly, with very sad situations, death and things like that, but I think the scale and the speed of what’s going on in hospitals, bearing in mind also the isolation, a lot of these patients are dying with no family members around them," he added. Kate offered her thoughts on how dealing with this pandemic will ultimately change how we view things and what we hold dear when it's all said and done.
"I think what we’re saying now is the NHS and the frontline workers are doing the most extraordinary job, and that’s really come to the forefront in the last few weeks. I think it’s going to dramatically change how we all value and see our frontline workers, and I think that is one of the main positives that you can take from this,” she said. “They do an extraordinary job, and now I think all of us as a nation can really see how hard they work and how vital their work is," Kate added.
The royal family are currently self-isolating with children Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, north of London. They've been spending time from home making encouraging calls both to healthcare worker and organizations working to make sense of how the family can continue to offer help and support to those in need during this time. We'll likely be seeing additional calls just like this one in the future, which hopefully offer a bit of encouragement – even to those not currently engaged in fighting the virus on the frontlines – as the royal family continues to do their jobs from home.