Prince Harry has praised the way people around the world are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and has encouraged fans to continue to do their part to make the world a better place in a new interview.
The Duke of Sussex spoke to the Declassified podcast about the COVID-19 crisis and what he learned while he was in the military. The prince, who served two tours in Afghanistan and started the Invictus Games to support wounded and injured former service members, said the veteran response to the pandemic has made him particularly heartened.
"I'm honoured to be a veteran and honoured to be part of this community," he said. "It's also proving that I think things are better than we're led to believe through certain corners of the media. It can be very worrying when you're sitting there and the only information you are getting is from certain news channels, but then if you are on the right platforms, you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront."
Harry spoke to the podcast about Team Rubicon UK. In 2015, he travelled to Nepal to help with one of its relief operations after the Gorkha earthquake killed more than 8,900 people, left nearly 22,000 people injured and destroyed the homes of more than 3.5 million people.
Team Rubicon UK has been very active during the coronavirus pandemic, and has started Op RE:ACT, encouraging veterans to get involved with COVID-19 relief.
"I'm just so incredibly proud to see what these individuals up and down the country and across the world are doing on a day to day basis," Harry said. "I think what has happened especially in the U.K. is the very best of the human spirit."
The 35-year-old, who has long been outspoken about mental health and the importance of taking care of one's emotional well being, said if fans are looking for something to do during this time, they should consider how they can help, too.
"It's about selflessness, rather than selfishness and I think in today's culture, in today's world, we need more role models that are willing to put others ahead of themselves," he said, and explained why the military helped teach him the importance of working together.
"I think that being part of a unit, being part of a team, and for me, wearing a uniform that was the same as everybody else's, it kind of makes you feel totally equal, but at the same time makes you want to do everything you can for the person on your left and your right.
"We're now questioned to help others, to give back and to play a part in society, in your community and to be a good neighbour... makes you a better person, makes you feel better, it's good for your well being, it's good for your mental fitness – that's just fact."
Harry also praised Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old U.K. veteran who set a goal of walking 100 laps around his backyard to raise money for health care workers by his 100th birthday. He initially wanted to raise about $1,750, and as of this writing, he had brought in the equivalent of more than $47 million for the NHS. He has also since said he won't stop walking and will continue to do it to help the health service.
"I think what he's done is utterly amazing, but it's not just what he's done – it's the reaction that people have had as well," Harry enthused. "I think it is just wonderfully British."
Last week, Harry and Duchess Meghan were photographed holding hands as they delivered food packages for Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based organization that distributes meals to 2,000 people with serious illnesses. They've volunteered with the organization at least three times since they reportedly moved to the City of Angels last month.
The couple also donated "excess profits" from the broadcast of their wedding to Feeding Britain. The £90,000 (about $158,000) will go toward helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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