Meghan and Harry’s moving coronavirus statement – and they have plans to help
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken of "uncertain times" in a statement on coronavirus COVID-19, saying "we need each other" now more than ever.
The couple are believed to be self-isolating in Canada with their son Archie, although there has been no suggestion that they are unwell.
They are reportedly limiting the amount of contact they spend with staff and asking people to wear gloves when they come into their mansion.
In the statement, which is the first time they've spoken publicly about the deadly disease, they've said they hope to help people around the world.
Over the next few weeks they will share resources to "help all of us navigate the uncertainty", including expert advice on mental and emotional well-being.
Writing on their popular Instagram account Sussex Royal, the couple say: "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.
What is the latest government advice on coronavirus?
The government has advised the British public to:
- Avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and all social gatherings
- Cease all unnecessary travel
- Everyone should work from home where possible
- Mass gatherings and sporting events have been cancelled
- Avoid “all but essential travel” to more than 30 countries
If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
Pregnant women, those over 70, and people with certain health conditions have been asked to stay at home for 12 weeks
Schools will remain open
"We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come…"
Harry has reportedly been in contact with his grandmother the Queen and dad Prince Charles, urging them to "stay safe" and "take extra precautions" as coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the UK.
A friend told the Daily Mail: "Meghan said [Harry] has been in contact with the both his father and grandmother. He urged them to stay safe and to take extra precautions."
Meghan and Harry are all being "diligent" when it comes to washing their hands and not touching their faces.
But the Duke 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.
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