The Prince of Wales has released a video message of support to the people of Australia following the weeks of devastating and destructive bushfires in the country.
Posted to the Clarence House social media, Prince Charles delivers the following message:
“I fear this is a hopelessly inadequate way of trying to get a message to all of you that both my wife and myself are thinking of you so very much at such an incredibly difficult time and in such impossible and terrifying circumstances.
“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.
“But 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, let alone everything else.
“I know, we both know, just how incredibly special and resilient the Australian people are, 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.”
The message ends with directions on how to donate to the Australian Red Cross.
Prince Charles is the latest British royal to send condolences and thoughts to the people of Australia following The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.