Prince Charles delivers heartfelt message admitting he is ‘in despair’

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Prince Charles has delivered a heartfelt message about the Australian wildfires. The royal revealed he was in despair over the ‘appalling infernos’.

  • Prince Charles has delivered a heartfelt message to the people of Australia, revealing that he was in despair over the ‘appalling’ wildfires.
  • The heir apparent broadcasted his emotional message over his and wife Duchess Camilla’s Instagram page.
  • In other royal news, Duchess Meghan made a very special secret visit before her first official engagement after the Sussexes’ family Christmas break.

Prince Charles has broadcasted an emotional message to the people of Australia, reaching out to them over the devastating wildfires that have been sweeping through the south-east area of the country.

Taking to his and wife Duchess Camilla’s Instagram page, the heir apparent uploaded a heartfelt video speaking to the people affected by the blazes.

"I fear this is a hopelessly inadequate way of trying to get a message to all of you,” he said, “that both my wife and myself are thinking of you so very much at such a difficult time and in such impossible and terrifying circumstances.

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“I did want to say that both of us have been in despair over the last several weeks watching this appalling horror unfolding in Australia and witnessing so much of what you're having to go through from this distance, those of you who have tragically lost your properties, your houses, everything.

“To me it is, and to both of us, not to be believed possible and I know how many houses have been lost."

The fires, which have been blazing since September, have been brought on by the country’s hottest and driest year on record.

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Prince Charles went on to commend the brave work of the country’s emergency services, saying, "above all, we wanted to say how much we have been thinking of all those remarkable, courageous, determined firefighters who have done so much and worked ceaselessly to exhaustion and we feel so deeply for the families of those who have been lost and have lost their lives in the course of carrying out their remarkable duties as only they can do."

“We also think of all the Australian wildlife that is destroyed in these appalling infernos,” he added, “let alone everything else”.

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"I know, we both know, just how incredibly special and resilient the Australian people are,” finished the Prince. “So I know at the end of the day despite all this horror, you will find a way to face it all and win through and all I can say is that we are thinking of you, we are praying for you in the most determined way.

“I'm very proud to know you all."

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Aleesha Badkar

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