The plight of NHS workers risking their lives on the frontline of the coronavirus battle moved Kate Middleton to tears and led her and Prince William to set up a mental health support scheme.
More than 100 medics have died as the fight to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control, with many more deeply concerned a lack of essential protective equipment is putting them in danger.
To date the virus has killed more than 20,000 in the UK’s hospitals and many more in the nation’s care homes.
The Duchess of Cambridge was deeply moved after hearing their stories and is said to have played a “pivotal” role in setting up the Our Frontline scheme, in association with Mind, Samaritans, Hospice UK and Shout.
One source told The Sun : “They have both been incredibly affected by stories they have heard and Kate, in particular, has been moved to tears by some of the stories she has heard about the sacrifices frontline workers are making.”
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The Cambridge’s project aims to give round-the-clock mental health support to key workers struggling during the pandemic.
At its launch Prince William, 37, said: “Millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us.
“Catherine and I will do all we can to support Our Frontline.”
While he led the talks to establish the scheme sources said Kate was a driving force, adding: “She is a pivotal part in all of this and is particularly keen to make sure the children and families of frontline staff are kept in mind when services are rolled out.”
Former air ambulance pilot Prince William has seen first-hand the impact working on the frontline can have on your mental health.
Our Frontline will provide one-to-one support and online resources for any under pressure key workers.