Prince William and Kate spoke to Dr Zolelwa Sifumba, a South Africa-based advocate for the rights of healthcare workers on the frontline. During their chat, the Duke of Cambridge told the doctor “we hear your worries”, showing his wholehearted support to frontline workers.
He said: “We, Catherine and I, have spoken to a lot of healthcare workers in the UK and around the world over the last year – we hear your worries and your concerns and thank you for your time chatting to us about it.”
Kate also told the doctor it is “sad, almost” that many members of the public started to truly appreciate the hard work of those on the frontline only after the beginning of the pandemic.
She told Dr Sifumba: “Here in the UK there’s been masses of public recognition of the amazing work the frontline are doing and it’s sad, almost, that it’s taken the pandemic for the public to really back and support all those working on the front line.”
The couple heard Dr Sifumba’s experience and advice when it comes to supporting frontline workers.
The medic told the royals: “We actually know the problems, we see the problems every day, you walk into work there are the problems.
“The problem is our voices are not heard.
“We are on the front lines and we are expected to lift humanity.
“So my advice to everybody is, if you know a healthcare worker – any healthcare worker – you just love on them, love on them, love on them some more.
“If their child needs looking after offer, you know, if they need a meal, offer.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in touch with frontline staff throughout the pandemic.
In April, the couple openly supported the launch of Our Frontline, a 24/7 online platform providing support and help to key workers struggling with their mental health.
In October, they visited St Bartholomew’s Hospital and met Joyce Duah, a keen amateur photographer and specialist oncology pharmacist whose portrait was selected among the 100 finalist in the Duchess’ Hold Still photography contest.
Speaking with Ms Duah, the couple heard the sacrifice and struggles experienced every day during the pandemic by those on the frontline.
In December, Kate and William took part in a whirlwind tour across Scotland, Wales and England to meet with, among others, NHS staff.
During their royal train tour, the couple became joint patrons of NHS Charities Together, an association championing and supporting the work of the official NHS charities.
Kate and William’s video call with Dr Sifumba was featured during the BBC One special marking Commonwealth Day in lieu of the annual service carried out at Westminster Abbey.
During A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, Her Majesty delivered her annual speech, which highlighted how families and communities within the 54 Commonwealth member states came together during the pandemic, and was celebrated as the beloved and committed head of this organisation.
Other royals also joined in the celebrations for the Commonwealth during the programme.
Prince Charles highlighted how the Commonwealth is being pivotal in the fight against climate change, a battle he has been waging for 51 years, and in protecting its unique landscapes and wildlife.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spoke to broadcaster Clare Balding about the importance of books and reading for children across the Commonwealth, in particular during a year of lockdowns and isolation.
The Duchess is the patron and supporter of several literacy organisations and, earlier this year, launched her very own book club on Instagram to inspire more people to read and broad their literacy horizons.
Finally, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, marked both Commonwealth Day and International Women’s Day during the programme.
Prince Edward’s wife, who has been championing women in business and gender equality for years, spoke to three women from around the Commonwealth about their experiences of supporting other women and their wider communities.
The BBC One special aired just a few hours before Meghan and Harry are due to appear on US network CBS during their interview with Oprah.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK