Prince William launches coronavirus appeal after ‘most dreaded day’ arrives
Prince William has said he always "dreaded the day" a disastrous situation like coronavirus would grip the UK but said Brits always "pull together" to help one another in a touching video message.
The Duke of Cambridge joined Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in speaking out on COVID-19 while acting as an ambassador of The National Emergencies Trust (NET).
In an urgent appeal for donations, he said: "Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the UK have a unique ability to pull together.
"The way the local community supports those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature."
William said that anyone who wants to help those worst-affected by the pandemic should donate to the NET.
"The public's desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channel in the best possible way," he said.
"This is why the establishment of a National Emergencies Trust was so important. I said at its launch last year that I dreaded the day when it would be needed.
“Sadly, with the outbreak of COVID-19, that day has come faster than any of us would have hoped.
"But now, more than ever, I am grateful that The National Emergencies Trust exists. It will ensure that support reaches those across the UK who need it most, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
"And it will help to ensure that all our efforts to overcome this challenge are channelled in the best possible way."
The NET has launched a coronavirus funding appeal and explains on its website that it will send money to local charities and grassroots organisations to help people suffering from a sudden loss of income, social isolation, and other issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes after the Queen was forced to cancel all future royal engagements due to the growing threat of coronavirus.
The pandemic has seen her abandon Buckingham Palace and retreat to the countryside.
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