Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reveal secret volunteer work on coronavirus helplines

Ciara Sheppard
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From Harper's BAZAAR


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed they've been secretly volunteering on coronavirus crisis helplines, answering calls and text messages from struggling members of the public.

The royals made the admission during a group Zoom call with helpline volunteers from Shout 85258 – a 24 hour text messaging service set up by the Royal Foundation – to mark its one year anniversary.

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"I'm going to share a little secret with you guys, but I'm actually on the platform volunteering,” said William, 37, revealing he too had been answering texts from people in need.

In addition, Kate announced she’d been working as an NHS Volunteer Responder – a scheme set up by the Royal Voluntary Service to connect vulnerable people with volunteers in their community.

The royal, 38, explained she’d been picking up the phone from her home in Amner Hall for 'check in and chat' calls with vulnerable people or those who are self-isolating during the pandemic.

Since lockdown began, the Duke and Duchess have been conducting royal work via video call from their residence in Norfolk, as documented on their official Kensington Royal Instagram page.

Last month, the royals logged on for a virtual meeting with care home workers where they also took part in a game of bingo game with some of the residents.

The royals took on the roles of bingo callers for those living at the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, complete with their own bingo cage and balls.


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