Prince William Says We're in a "Life and Death Fight" Against Coronavirus

Speaking to Mick Clarke, CEO of London homeless charity The Passage, Prince William said containing the coronavirus is life or death fight.

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  • The coronavirus pandemic is affecting people around the world, but Prince William took time this week to speak out for one particularly vulnerable population that some may be overlooking: people experiencing homelessness.
  • Will is a patron of London-based homelessness charity The Passage and he met with the organization's CEO, Mick Clarke, to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting people living on the streets.
  • The Duke of Cambridge was very frank in his assessment, calling the pandemic a "life and death fight" for people experiencing homelessness.

Prince William (opens in new tab) is speaking out for a very vulnerable group during the coronavirus outbreak (opens in new tab): people experiencing homelessness.

In a conversation with Mick Clarke, the CEO of London-based homeless charity The Passage (opens in new tab) (of which Will is a patron), the Duke of Cambridge was very frank about the stakes of the pandemic (opens in new tab).

"We are in a life and death fight to help those people living on the streets in this public health emergency," Will said, according to Hello! (opens in new tab) magazine (opens in new tab)

Clarke shared more details about his meeting with Will.

"We had 20-minute conservation and he recognized that is a public health emergency for those who are on the streets and in shelters," Clarke said. "So it was good to tell him that everyone in the voluntary sector but also local and central government is doing everything that they can to try and get people off the streets and into places of safety."

It's always great to see the royals use their platform for good (opens in new tab), but that's true now more than ever.

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