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Meghan and Harry announce plans to help with coronavirus as Kate and William 'revamp' work

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced an initiative to help people cope with the mental stress of the coronavirus pandemic and celebrate those on the front line of the crisis.

In a post on their @sussexroyal Instagram account, the couple said they would be using the platform to share resources and post "accurate information and facts from trusted experts".

They added they would also use it to help people learn measures they can take to keep themselves and their families safe and work with organisations that can help with "mental and emotional well-being".

Meghan and Harry, who are understood to be in their new home in Vancouver, Canada, having completed their final duties as senior royals earlier this month, said people are living in "uncertain times".

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Harris - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Calling for unity, they said: "Now, more than ever, we need each other."

They added: "We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary."

They continued: "Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with covid-19 is awe-inspiring.

"This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit."

As well as sharing information and practical advice on maintaining physical health and wellbeing, the duke and duchess said they would be posting inspirational stories from around the world.

"We will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up," they said.

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Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

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Stroll: William and Kate on the cliff walk during a visit to Howth Head in Co Dublin. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

"We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process - and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us."

They finished the post with the words: "We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come..."

Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton are adjusting their usual projects to focus on the pandemic; stepping away from their comfort zones of mental health initiatives and early years projects.

“At a time like this, the royal family is very important in providing stability and support to a worried nation,” a source told Vanity Fair.

“The Cambridges are not in the vulnerable sector and they want to help. Their aides are going through the latest government advice but it’s fair to say the focus of their work will shift. Supporting the community and vulnerable people in society is more important right now.”

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