He’s really a prince, isn’t he?
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has reached out to more than 300 staff and volunteers with Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), via one-on-one phone calls and video calls, according to a news release Tuesday from Kensington Palace.
“The Duke wanted to check in on the well-being of all those supporting the NHS at this time,” the release states, “and to thank them for the vital part they are playing in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
But wait, he wrangled some more quality time with frontline workers, too.
William made 62 individual calls to those workers in hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies, staff and volunteers involved in administering the COVID-19 vaccine, and those working in non-clinical roles.
People.com reported a conversation with Dr. Thelma Craig, a respiratory consultant at the Mater Hospital in Belfast, in which Prince William, 38, said: “I just want to say on behalf of everyone what a fantastic job you’ve done. You’ve all held it together and been absolutely wonderful people.
“It’s been a real team effort but we’re all very proud of you. The NHS has gone from already being much loved to probably the most admired organization around. Thank you so much for all your hard work.”
William tested positive for COVID last April, but kept the news private.
The prince didn’t need hospitalization.
His wife, Kate Middleton, and their three children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2, did not contract the illness.
The release continued: “The Duke was keen to hear about the impact the pandemic has had on the well-being of staff and volunteers across all parts of the NHS who have worked so relentlessly through this extremely challenging year.”