Kate and Prince William’s Twitter account Kensington Royal shared a poignant message on behalf of the Duke and Duchess. In it, the royals acknowledged how different this Christmas will be for most people because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many, they wrote, will have to spend it alone because they are shielding or could not travel to their loved ones.
Others, they added, will be grieving the loss of a loved one.
Kate and William also spare a thought for key workers who will spend this festive day helping others.
The Cambridges’ message read: “This Christmas our thoughts are with those of you who are spending today alone, those of you who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and those of you on the frontline who are still mustering the energy to put your own lives on hold to look after the rest of us.
“Wishing a merry Christmas doesn’t feel right this year, so instead we’re wishing for a better 2021.”
Kate and William also included links to charities supporting people who are struggling – including Shout, a 24/7 text messaging platform launched in 2019 by the Cambridges in collaboration with Meghan and Prince Harry.
Other associations included are Our Frontline, which was launched in April to support key workers struggling with mental health during the pandemic and fully backed by the Cambridges, and NHS Charities Together.
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Kate and William became patrons of this organisation, a federation of charities supporting the NHS, earlier this month, and their new role was announced during the Royal Train Tour.