- Kate Middleton and Prince William are still making select appearances during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, they will also use Instagram to communicate with the public.
The UK has finally ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic with Prime Minister Boris Johnson enacting a stay-at-home order. Like much of America, residents should only venture outside if absolutely necessary and if their jobs are considered essential. As figureheads of the UK, the royals’ appearances aren’t really considered essential, but Prince William and Kate Middleton seem committed to continuing their outreach to organizations that deserve support.
One of William and Kate’s last appearances was at NHS111, the national health care service’s hotline for medical advice, on March 19. This visit came long after many countries already issued stay-at-home orders but shortly before the prime minister issued the UK’s.
While the Cambridges have relocated to Norfolk in the meantime and haven’t made a public appearance since March 19, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams spoke with The Express and suggested they will continue to help in some way because they have a “considerable responsibility” as “morale boosters.” Fitzwilliams also added that because Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in Canada and “likely to be sidelined,” Will and Kate will take on a bigger role.
Katie Nicholl, another royal commentator, also suggested that William is apparently expected to “step up into statesman role” in addition to contributing to social media with Kate. (William already addressed the nation in a video last week.)
At the moment, it’s unclear if William and Kate will make more appearances, but William did allude to them continuing to highlight services that will be helpful during the pandemic. Fitzwilliams added, “Their movements are obviously followed avidly by the press and social media, and they are certain to rise to the challenge of boosting morale whilst complying with the behavior recommended by the government.”
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