Her poignant television address provided the words of strength and courage people needed to hear during one of mankind’s biggest challenges in the 21st century. Urging a nation, the Commonwealth, and the world to unite in the war against coronavirus, the queen’s rallying cry was heard by millions—including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
BAZAAR.com understands that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan watched online from their home in Los Angeles as Her Majesty praised Britain’s “national spirit” in facing the threat of COVID-19 and reassured those “feeling a painful sense of separation from their loved ones” to take comfort in the fact: “We will meet again.”
The couple “were both moved” by the sovereign’s words, says a source close to the pair, who added, “They described it as not just a demonstration of experienced leadership, but also warmth, reassurance and comfort.”
The queen, who is in good health, recorded her message at Windsor Castle on April 2, where she and the Duke of Edinburgh are staying for the foreseeable future. A source confirms that Harry spoke to his grandmother at the end of last week “to offer his support ahead of the broadcast.”
Sunday’s speech was just the fifth special televised address, other than her Christmas messages, during the queen’s 68-year reign. As she thanked National Health Service (NHS) staff and key workers, she also emphasized the important role individuals must play.
“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different,” the 93-year-old said. “This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed—and that success will belong to every one of us.”
Now based in the U. S. and financially independent, Harry and Meghan are planning to use the months ahead to focus on charitable commitments and develop their non-profit organization. “We are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute,” the couple shared in a March 31 Instagram post, their final day as senior working royals.
For Harry’s sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, the current pandemic means that when travel restrictions finally come to an end, the need for responsible tourism will be greater than ever. “COVID-19 has presented the world with one of the greatest public health and socio-economic challenges of modern times,” a Sussex spokesperson said in a previous statement. “The Duke is working closely with each of the Travalyst partners to better understand how this non-profit organization can aid in global recovery, especially by supporting communities, wildlife, and the environment at the same time.”
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