Kate and Prince William’s Twitter account, Kensington Royal, shared a moving message this morning on behalf of the Duke and Duchess. In it, royalty recognized how different this Christmas will be for most people because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many, they wrote, will have to spend alone because they are protecting or cannot travel for their loved ones.
Others, they added, will suffer the loss of a person close to them.
Kate and William also thought about the key workers who will spend this festive day helping others.
The Cambridges’ message read: “This Christmas, our thoughts are with those of you who are passing today alone, those who are mourning the loss of a loved one and those of you on the front lines who are still gathering the energy to put their own lives waiting to take care of the rest of us.
“Wishing a Merry Christmas doesn’t feel right this year, so instead, we wish for a better 2021.”
Kate and William also included links to charities that support people who are struggling – including Shout, a 24/7 text messaging platform launched in 2019 by Cambridges in collaboration with Meghan and the Prince Harry.
Other associations included are Our Frontline, which was launched in April to support key workers struggling with mental health during the pandemic and is fully supported by Cambridges and NHS Charities Together.
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Kate and William became sponsors of this organization, a federation of charities that supports the NHS, earlier this month, and their new role was announced during the Royal Train Tour.
This year’s Christmas will also be different for Kate and Prince William, due to restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cambridges are believed to be at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
However, there will be no meeting at Sandringham House, as the Queen and Prince Philip are isolating themselves at Windsor Castle.
Likewise, the Cambridges will not attend the traditional 11 am service at the Church of Santa Maria Madalena.
Yesterday, the Norfolk Police issued a rare statement about the Royal Family, announcing that no royal event was planned for Christmas Day.
This message was shared in an attempt to prevent people from gathering outside the church where the Royal Family has been going every December 25 since 1988 in hopes of taking a look at royalty
It said: “Members of the public and the media are informed that there will be no real events organized in Sandringham this year.
“Members of the Royal Family will not attend the usual Christmas Day service.”
Last year, Kate and William surprised real fans by introducing their older son and daughter, George and Charlotte, to the tradition of Christmas Day service.
The little Cambridges attended the religious service at the Church of Santa Maria Madalena for the first time and later participated in the walk outside the chapel.
There, Princess Charlotte stole everyone’s heart by talking to the crowd and even hugging a real fan who gave her an inflatable pink flamingo as a gift.
Earlier this month, Charlotte and her brothers attended another hike when they arrived at the London Palladium for a special performance by Pantoland.
The three Cambridges smiled as they walked the red carpet outside the theater.
During the performance, the little royals sat in the royal box, looking delighted by the play.