The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken a break from their Canadian holiday to post a vital message about the devastating bushfires in Australia's south-east. The royal couple shared a series of photos of the horrific damage being done on their Instagram account on Saturday. Captioning the heartbreaking images, they wrote: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those across Australia who are continuing to face the devastating fires that have been raging for months."
They continued: "From areas we are personally connected to such as the communities and people we visited in New South Wales in 2018, to the fires in California and parts of Africa, we are struck by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues. This global environmental crisis has now been described as Ecocide. It’s easy to feel helpless, but there’s always a way to help. To find out how you can lend your support, please see the links below to help as we have." The couple then shared links to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Red Cross Australia.
The bushfires are likely to burn until March, experts warned
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Earlier on Saturday, the Queen said she is "deeply saddened" by the fires in a message of condolence addressed to the country's Governor General David Hurley and "to all Australians". Her Majesty said: "I have been deeply saddened to hear of the continued bushfires and their devastating impact across many parts of Australia. My thanks go out to the emergency services, and those who put their own lives in danger to help communities in need. Prince Philip and I send our thoughts and prayers to all Australians at this difficult time." The message was also addressed to the Governor of New South Wales, the Governor of Queensland, and the Governor of Victoria.
The fires have consumed hundreds of homes and killed 500 million animals so far
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also sent their own message of condolence. Posting on their Kensington Royal Instagram account on Saturday, they wrote: "We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the wild fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event. We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firemen who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."
To find out how you can lend your support, please see the links below
The NSW Rural Fire Service
CFA (Country Fire Authority) - a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organisation.
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