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Prince William and Kate praise Covid heroes ahead of Oprah interview

PRINCE WILLIAM and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, appeared in a Commonwealth Day video paying tribute to frontline workers for their efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic, ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Kate Middleton and Prince William praise frontline workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke with Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba, a frontline healthcare worker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A clip of the conversation was posted to the Cambridge’s Kensington Royal Instagram, ahead of the Sussex royals tell-all with Ms Winfrey.

After Dr. Sifumba said people should offer help and love to healthcare and frontline workers, William paid tribute to her efforts during the pandemic.

He said: “Catherine and I have spoken to a lot of healthcare workers in the UK and around the world over the last year, and we hear your worries and your concerns.

“And thank you for your time chatting to us about it.”

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Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaking to Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba, a frontline healthcare worker based in Johannesburg, South Africa, for Commonwealth Day MARCH 7 2021

Prince William: The Cambridge royals praised frontline workers for Commonwealth Day (Image: INSTAGRAM / KENSINGTON PALACE)

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, speaking to Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba, a frontline healthcare worker based in Johannesburg, South Africa, for Commonwealth Day MARCH 7 2021

Prince William news: Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba, in South Africa, was praised by William and Kate (Image: INSTAGRAM / KENSINGTON PALACE)

The post on the Kensington Royal Instagram was captioned: “She has seen how the pandemic has exacerbated existing problems for healthcare workers dealing with mental, emotional and physical stress and trauma, and wants to be a voice for them.

“This #CommonwealthDay The Duke and Duchess spoke with medical, charity and voluntary staff from across the Commonwealth to hear more about the work they have been carrying out to care for those within their communities.”

Other Royal appearances on Commonwealth Day saw Prince Charles speak at Westminster Abbey.

In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021

Prince William news: It comes as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were interview by Oprah Winfrey (Image: CBS / GETTY)

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Prince William news: The Duke and Duchess have constantly been praising frontline workers since the pandemic hit Britain (Image: EXPRESS)

The Prince of Wales also praised people throughout the Commonwealth during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in an in-person speech.

He said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected every country of the Commonwealth, cruelly robbing countless people of their lives and livelihoods, disrupting our societies and denying us the human connections which we so dearly cherish.

“Amidst such heart-breaking suffering, however, the extraordinary determination, courage and creativity with which people have responded has been an inspiration to us all.”

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