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“This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit,” they wrote on Instagram.
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, there’s some comfort in knowing that we’re all in this together—whether we’re actors, athletes, politicians or regular citizens. In honour of that spirit of global community, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released an official statement on their @SussexRoyal Instagram account addressing this public health crisis.
“These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary,” wrote the royal couple, adding that “this moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit.”
Over the course of the coming weeks, the Sussexes—who recently flew back to Canada after wrapping up royal duties in the UK—plan to let compassion, empathy and kindness be their “guiding principle” during the coronavirus pandemic. To that end, they will be sharing information and resources to help people navigate this uncertain time: “from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being.”
In an effort to spread positivity and optimism during this time of anxiety and apprehension, the couple also plans to “focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up.” Check back in regularly as they set about building “a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us” and do your bit too: help out small businesses in any way you can, donate money or supplies to those less-fortunate, check in on the elderly and vulnerable, and most importantly: stay home.