Prince William has revealed that he writes personal letters to members of the emergency services and their families, during a reception to mark the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund at St James's Palace.
“I’m trying to write as much as I can to people involved in the emergency services,” William told the Fund’s President, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at the event.
He confessed that he writes to those who have experienced a traumatic event or to the grieving family members of personnel who have been killed in service, reports royalcentral.co.uk.
“He writes quite often to families and sometimes to officers themselves, and it’s really very much appreciated,” Commissioner Dick said.
William gave a speech at the reception, and paid tribute to those who serve:
“Over the past 150 years – as the oldest police charity in the world – the Fund has provided care to the children of police officers in their hour of greatest need.
“Our society is defined by how we look after those who keep us all safe. It matters deeply that we help the families who play such an important role in supporting them.
“I am therefore immensely proud that the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund provides such comfort and reassurance to the children of police officers who have so sadly lost their lives or livelihoods.”
The Duke of Cambridge met with families who have benefited from the Fund at the event, Emma Webb, 10, who lost her father, a Scotland Yard close protection officer, to cancer a few years ago, reports royalcentral.co.uk.
William asked her if she keeps a memory box for her father, saying, “It’s very easy to not talk about it, but you must always talk about it—it’s very important. And if you talk about it, you always keep him alive.”
The latest news comes after it was revealed earlier this week that William and Kate are set to head Down Under to embark on a bushfire recovery tour of affected coastal towns later this year.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Morrison government is apparently in talks with Buckingham Palace to arrange a royal visit to Australia in the near future.
As a result, it’s believed Scott Morrison will announce a date in the coming weeks, along with an official invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The visit, which will be Will's fifth time Down Under and the pair's first since 2014, is expected to include a tour of bushfire-ravaged areas in New South Wales and Victoria.
Kensington Palace is yet to comment on any scheduled travel plans for William and Kate, and it’s not clear whether the royal couple would bring their children with them.