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What Royals are Doing about Coronavirus

Just like the rest of us, members of the Royal Family are doing everything they can to protect themselves, and those around them, from coronavirus. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla are all in the 'at risk' category due to their age, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte are at home after their school was closed. The Queen, Prince William and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have all released statements to the public on the pandemic, asking people to come together and do their bit to stop the spread. Charles was the first member of the family to be diagnosed with the deadly disease, but he's now had the all clear from doctors and has spoken out for the first time. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the first members of the family to visit people on the front line of the crisis, popping into a 111 centre in London to speak to call-handlers. While there is nothing to suggest any member of the family is unwell, we've had a look at what each of them is doing to stop the spread. The Queen and Prince Philip At 93 and 98, the couple are being advised by the Government to follow the social-isolating and social-distancing very strictly. The couple, who normally live apart with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London and Philip at Sandringham, have moved to Windsor Castle. They spend Easter there every year, but have made the change early due to the outbreak and are expected to stay there longer. During the early stages of the pandemic the Queen started wearing gloves for investitures, which she hasn't done for decades. The Queen has released a statement of solidarity to the nation, saying she's certain we're "up to the challenge". She said: "At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal." The Cambridges Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school has closed due to coronavirus, so they are being home-schooled. The young royals' school, Thomas's in Battersea, shut its doors before Boris Johnson's national closure ruling due to an increased number of pupils and staff being off due to the Covid-19 outbreak. George and Charlotte have therefore moved to remote learning. A spokesperson told The Sun : "From this date the curriculum will be taught through online learning platforms and we have asked parents to keep their children at home and to access their lessons through this system. "This will ensure that children have continuity of learning when they are unable to attend school." Kate and Wills became the first royals to visit workers on the front line battling the coronavirus pandemic at a 111 call centre in south London. Echoing the words of his granny the Queen after she implored all Brits to work together to beat the virus sweeping the globe, William said: "The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. "It's at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good." During the visit, William joked: "I think we are all going to have a lot of TV to watch in the next few weeks." The Duke also threw his support behind a national appeal to raise funds for those in need. The National Emergencies Trust will collect money to support individuals and families suffering hardship as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak gripping the nation. William said: "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." Meghan Markle and Prince Harry The Sussex family are in LA after quitting the Royal Family. Meghan and Harry are reportedly self-isolating at their rented mansion with their son Archie, and being extremely strict when it comes to the guidelines. They have said to be asking that everyone who comes to the house wears latex gloves in a bid to stop the spread. The family are all being "diligent" when it comes to washing their hands and not touching their faces. But Harry is reportedly struggling being so far away from everyone, with the friend saying he "feels a bit helpless and isolated out in the middle of nowhere, but is grateful that they are all together as a family". According to the friend, both Meghan and Harry are very glad they had the chance to spend time with other members of the Royal Family earlier this month before the travel bans were imposed. Meghan is reportedly concerned about the mental health issues surrounding coronavirus. The friend said: "She said panicking won't do any good. It's just not an option in her household. She doesn't want Archie picking up on any unnecessary stress and tension. Her home is her sanctuary and it's a place of peace and calm". The couple released a statement on the situation last week. They wrote: "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. "There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. "Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. "This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. "We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. "Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. "We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: 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 addition, we will 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. "We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. "We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come..." Charles and Camilla Charles tested positive for the virus at the start of last week and went into isolation, suffering "mild symptoms". However he has now had the all-clear and is out, but still sticking to the strict social-distancing guidelines. Charles will continue to hold meetings on the phone and via video call from his office at Birkhall, and he's now allowed to do exercise. He released a video message on Wednesday thanking the NHS and key workers for doing everything they can to help their community at this awful time. His wife Camilla didn't have coronavirus when she was tested, however is self-isolated for two weeks having been in contact with Charles. Charles and Camilla are carrying out their self-isolation separately at Birkhall, one of the Royal Family's stunning Scottish properties. It is part of the Queen's Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, and dates back to 1715. Charles and Camilla go there every summer, and it's where they went on their honeymoon back in 2005. He inherited from the Queen Mother when she died in 2002. Source
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