Prince William’s ‘little secret’: He’s been anonymously volunteering amid coronavirus pandemic

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William has revealed that he has been anonymously helping out on a crisis helpline during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Duke of Cambridge’s work with Shout 85258 — an around-the-clock text messaging helpline developed by the Royal Foundation — was made public to mark Volunteers Week.

Last month, he told fellow volunteers in a video call that was shared on social media late Friday: “I’m going to share a little secret with you guys, but I’m actually on the platform volunteering.”

William, who is second in line to the throne, is one of more than 2,000 volunteers who have been formally trained to help those in need.

More than 300,000 text conversations have taken place between volunteers and people needing mental health support, with around 65% of those texting under the age of25.

William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, has also been helping others by taking part in “check in and chat” calls with people self-isolating or vulnerable during the pandemic.

"You guys are out there volunteering in your own ways, everyone's got something to give back," Kate Middleton said during the call.

The Duke and Duchess also shared a never before seen photo to social media Saturday of Prince William walking with two of his children, Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 5, and holding an umbrella over them.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photo taken by The Duchess as they played their own part in the national volunteering effort," the caption read. "In April, The Duke and Duchess and their family visited the Sandringham Estate where they packed up and delivered food parcels to isolated pensioners in the local area."

This isn't the first time the Duke and Duchess have showed up to help during the pandemic.

Last month, Prince William and Duchess Kate turned up on screens across the United Kingdom, including at a bingo game in a Wales nursing home where they called the numbers.

Their mission: cheering on healthcare and social workers and the people they are caring for during the pandemic crisis.

Contributing: Rasha Ali, Maria Puente, USA TODAY

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Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/06/06/prince-william-has-been-secretly-volunteering-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/3163343001/

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