Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school has closed over concerns about the virus.

By Kimberly Truong
Updated Mar 18, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are sharing how they're helping aid coronavirus relief efforts.

In a video shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram, Prince William addressed the pandemic, telling supporters, "Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the U.K. have a unique ability to pull together."

"The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature," he added, pointing to the National Emergencies Trust's coronavirus appeal efforts.

"The public’s desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channeled in the best possible way — which is why the establishment of the National Emergencies Trust was so important," he said.

The National Emergencies Trust is a U.K.-based organization devoted to emergency needs funding. The NET has started a fundraising appeal to help those affected by the coronavirus by helping local charities.

Earlier this month, while on a tour in Ireland with Kate Middleton, Prince William joked that the two of them had spread the virus.

"I bet everyone’s like, 'I've got coronavirus, I’m dying,' and you’re like, 'No, you’ve just got a cough,'" he said. "It does seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment. Is it being a little bit hyped up, do you think, in the media?"

By that point, the U.K. had 51 reported cases of coronavirus, while Ireland had two confirmed cases.

"By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus. Sorry!" William said. "We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop."

As of this week, U.K. schools — including Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school — have closed indefinitely over concerns about the virus.

George and Charlotte will now move to "remote learning" using online sources.