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The future King was warned affected countries face “potential catastrophe” as they fight COVID-19 with “famine looming in places like Yemen in South Sudan”. William was helping promote a coronavirus appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of UK charities.
He spoke to three Syrian aid workers, who are fighting the pandemic in their country, via video link.
The Duke heard the Disaster Emergency Committee had raised over £38million to help assist war-torn countries with coronavirus.
This includes £10million given by the Foreign Office via UK Aid Match, a scheme which sees the Government financially match some charitable donations.
William said he was “amazed” at how much has been raised but noted it is “nowhere near what you need”.
Prince William spoke to aid workers fighting coronavirus
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting an NHS facility
He added: “As a fundraising initiative goes, that’s a decent amount.
“I know it’s nowhere near what you need, but £38million in a coronavirus pandemic year is quite impressive.”
William spoke with Saleh Saeed, the DEC’s chief executive, who joked he was calling from “sunny West Bromwich just north of Birmingham”.
The Prince responded: “I know it well!”
William and Kate pictured on an official visit
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