PRINCE William has vowed to support the mental health of NHS workers as he plans to be “front and centre” of the Royal’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sources close to the future King say he is acutely aware of the strain being placed on “heroic” healthcare staff.
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And through the work of his Royal Foundation he plans to use the days and weeks ahead to shine a spotlight on the support they need.
A source told The Sun Online: "As a former Air Ambulance pilot is acutely aware of the huge demands and strain which are going to be placed on doctors, nurses and many other emergency services.
“For many the battle which lies ahead is unlike any they will have ever faced. William knows that the mental strain of work on the frontline can be just as demanding as the physical one.”
With that in mind William has already moved to put his Royal Foundation, who work with many charities supporting NHS staff, on a similar “war-footing”.
He has insisted that the Foundation makes sure those groups supporting people on the frontline get all the support they need.
This could even see the Foundation awarding grants to organisations who need help not just due to increased demand but due to the economic-pressures the fallout of Covid-19 is having.
“The Royal Foundation has worked hard under William’s lead to build a strong network with charities caring for those who care for us,” the source added.
“Now is the moment where those groups need to feel they have all the support they need.
"At this time of national crisis William is determined to make sure they we don't forget to care for the heroic people who will play the vital role of trying to hold the country together."
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William is likely to be front and centre of the Royal Family’s response to the coronavirus-crisis.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been told by doctors to self-isolate and are currently at Windsor Castle.
And Prince Charles and Camilla, due to their age, are also likely to scale back public appearances. With his brother Harry having stepped back from public life and his Uncle Prince Andrew stripped of his role the onus will fall on William.
Sources close to the future King say that with the Queen and Prince Charles likely to be stepping back from public life the "burden of responsibility" will fall on his shoulders.
The story comes after William and Kate visited a 111-call centre.
Palace aides are believed to be looking at drawing up ways the pair can continue to connect with NHS workers over the weeks and months ahead – potentially remotely.
He made an impassioned speech last week praising the action of emergency workers.
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