Prince William spent time at a drop-in homeless support facility this week to learn about the organization’s efforts to support vulnerable people amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge visited the Garden House in Petersborough, where he spoke to both clients and representations of various service organizations about how the pandemic has taken a toll on the homeless community.

The royal, 38, heard from members of Peterborough’s Safer Off the Streets partnership as well as past and present clients of Light Project Peterborough.

In photos from Prince William’s outing, he is seen speaking with various representatives as he lends an ear to the organizations and shares his appreciation for their dedicated service.

As homelessness has become an even more prevalent issue during the pandemic, the partnerships have worked diligently to provide longterm housing for people as well as food, health and support services.

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Peterborough City Council vowed in March that over 130 homeless citizens would have accommodations in hotel rest centers across the city. The Garden House has remained open during the pandemic and has continued to play a major role in the homeless community in Peterborough.

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Throughout the coronavirus crisis, William has kept in touch with various homelessness organizations, including The Passage and Centrepoint, to make sure the homeless community is receiving the help they need. The father of three continues to hear from clients about their experiences in isolation and expresses appreciation to the charities’ staff for their service.

The royal’s visit comes one day after he appeared in his first-ever webinar for a virtual meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, an organization he spearheaded in 2014 to bring together those working to prevent species extinction.

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William spoke about how the coronavirus crisis has impacted conservation efforts across the world and how the pandemic could increase the illegal hunting or capturing of wild animals.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has ruined lives and threatened livelihoods across the world,” he said. “It is important that we learn the lessons from this pandemic, including looking at why the outbreak happened, why it was not stopped earlier, and what can be done to manage any outbreak in the future.”

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