The Duchess of Cambridge said it was “almost sad” how a pandemic had broken out for the public to “really support everyone working on the front lines”.
Kate’s comments are part of a BBC show with the Royal Family celebrating the Commonwealth and aired on Sunday just hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bomb interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The growing war of words between Meghan and Harry’s controversial television chat has overshadowed the special program for Commonwealth Day.
In excerpts released in recent days, Meghan criticized the constraints she faced as a working queen, saying it was “liberating” to respond to a request for an interview with the US chat show host ” “Yes” to be able to say.
She accused The Firm – as the royal family is sometimes called – of maintaining “falsehoods” about her and Harry.
The larger royal family – including the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex – will be featured on the BBC show A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.
In an excerpt from the program, Kate and William are video-calling Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba from South Africa, a frontline advocate for the rights of health workers.
The Duchess tells the medic, “Here in Britain the amazing work of the front has been widely recognized by the public and it is almost sad that the public has needed the pandemic to really care for all of those who work on the front support front. “
William, Kate and their children were pictured at the weekly applause for frontline workers at the start of the pandemic last year.
Dr. Sifumba replies: “We actually know the problems, we see the problems every day, you go to work, there are the problems.
“The problem is, our voices are not being heard. We are at the forefront and we are expected to elevate humanity. So my advice to everyone is if you know a healthcare worker – any healthcare worker – just love them, love them, love them even more.
“If your child has an offer to take care of, you know when they need a meal, offer it.”
William says, “We, Catherine and I have spoken to many healthcare workers in the UK and around the world over the past year. We hear your worries and concerns and thank you for talking to us about them. “
It was last March on Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey when the Sussexes were last seen with their family, and were seated near the Queen, Charles, Camilla and William and Kate.
A few months earlier, they had sent shock waves across the monarchy by announcing they would be stepping down as working royals.
During the program, Charles recognizes the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” of the Commonwealth people during the Covid crisis.
From Westminster Abbey, where he was last seen publicly with Meghan and Harry, he says the pandemic and climate change are “existential threats” that have no limits.
Says the Prince: “The coronavirus pandemic has hit every Commonwealth country, cruelly robbing countless people of their lives and livelihoods, destroying our societies and denying us the human connections we value so much.
“In the midst of this heartbreaking suffering, the extraordinary determination, courage and creativity with which people have responded has been an inspiration to all of us.
“This pandemic has shown us the true nature of a global emergency. We have learned that human health, economic health and the health of the planets are fundamentally interconnected and that pandemics, climate change and biodiversity loss are existential threats that know no bounds. “
Camilla speaks with the Clare Balding broadcaster about how her interest in books was inspired by her father Major Bruce Shand’s love for literature.
The Duchess says: “I’ve always had a passion for books. Books have been part of my life for so long. I started reading when I was very young and had a father who was passionate about bibliophiles.
“From the age of two or three he would sit and read to us children, take us on wonderful adventures … all over the world.”
The piece was recorded in the Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey and the couple was accompanied by Videolink’s award-winning teacher Ranjitsinh Disale.
Camilla says, “I think I was bitten at that age and from then on I just kept going and got involved in a lot of literacy programs and patronage.” I just firmly believe that all children should be taught to read. “
Sophie celebrated Commonwealth Day and International Women’s Day, both celebrated on Monday, by videolinking three Commonwealth women to learn about their experiences of helping other women and their larger communities.