Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have reached out to followers on social media with a coronavirus plan. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have reached out to followers on social media with a coronavirus plan. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan and Harry’s coronavirus plan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have formulated a heartfelt approach to deal with coronavirus on a psychological level.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, shared a lengthy Instagram post about the mental health challenges people might experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duke and Duchess shared their thoughts and suggested resources to "help us all through the process".

 

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With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared...and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it. But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness. There are resources that can help us all through this process, and ways that YOU can become one of those resources. @crisistextline @giveusashoutinsta @kidshelpphone and CTL Ireland are organisations that need new volunteers now more than ever and have an open door for you to get the support you need. • - If you’re home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counselor and HELP someone who really needs your support! What an amazing way to use this time • - If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through. • - If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence. And for those of you who don’t feel comfortable texting with a stranger, reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected - ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer. If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life.

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"With everything going on, it's a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared … and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don't know what to do with yourself without your normal routine.

It's perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things," said the post.

The post outlined how coronavirus has stripped our lives bare of the distractions that provide a relief from emotional and psychological challenges.

"[W]e are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it.

But here's the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn't have to be loneliness."

 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in some of her final royal duties. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets children as she attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 in some of her final royal duties. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

 

The former royal couple suggest resources for those in need, as well as the suggestion that individuals can themselves becomes resources during these trying times.

They suggest organisations in the UK that need new volunteers now more than ever and have an "open door for you to get the support you need."

There is also a checklist or action plan:

• If you're home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counsellor and HELP someone who really needs your support! What an amazing way to use this time

• If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through.

• If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counsellors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence.

 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have shared mental health advice on their Instagram account. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have shared mental health advice on their Instagram account. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

 

"And for those of you who don't feel comfortable texting with a stranger, reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected - ask if they're okay, tell them how you're (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer.

If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life."

Meghan and Harry have been navigating their own new normal since quitting as members of the royal family and moving to Canada where they are believed to be self-isolating in their Vancouver Island estate.

The Instagram message, which starts with a bright turquoise graphic, was shared with their 11.7 million followers.

The resources mentioned in the post included the British Crisis Textline, and Canadian charity Kids Help Phone, as well as Shout UK, their joint charity venture with Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38.

Harry and Meghan also went on to share a video of Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, reading his poem Lockdown.

Originally published as Meghan and Harry's coronavirus plan


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