Prince Harry speaking at Endeavour Awards
Prince Harry

Coronavirus: Harry Praises Veterans And 'Utterly Amazing' Captain Tom Moore

The Duke of Sussex called the volunteering efforts of veterans a “selfless act”.

Prince Harry speaking at Endeavour Awards

The Duke of Sussex has praised the veteran community and has described Captain Tom Moore's fundraising efforts for the NHS as "utterly amazing". 

In an interview with the 'Declassified' podcast, Harry said he was "incredibly proud" of the British public's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Capt Tom has raised more than £26 million for the health service after walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden and compared the response to his fundraising as "rather like being in fairyland".

The 99-year-old Second World War veteran is now on track for a number one single, with a charity cover of You'll Never Walk Alone alongside Michael Ball. 

“Congratulations to Tom, I think what he’s done is utterly amazing," Harry told the podcast.

"It’s not just what he’s done, it’s the reaction that people have had as well, I think is again just wonderfully British.

"I'm honoured to be a veteran, and honoured to be part of this community.

"I’m just so incredibly proud to see what these individuals up and down the country and across the world are doing on a day-to-day basis."

Captain Tom Moore completing 100th lap of his garden
Captain Tom Moore has raised more than £26 million for the NHS (Picture: PA).

The podcast, hosted by Michael Coates, is a series of conversations with members from the military community.

Harry, who served with the Blues and Royals and the Army Air Corps, called the volunteering efforts of veterans a "selfless act".

The episode aims to encourage veterans to volunteer and join Team Rubicon UK, as they assist the Government in their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The charity, which mobilises former serving personnel, has launched Op RE:ACT in response to the outbreak and is calling on veterans to utilise their skillset and assist in volunteering.

Team Rubicon UK's chief executive, Richard Sharp, told the podcast the charity was "re-purposing veteran skill" to support mortuaries and hospitals during the pandemic.

Mr Sharp said 3,000 veterans have signed up to support their mission, so far. 

The duke, who has quit as a working royal and is living in the US, also thanked NHS workers and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

"I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that’s volunteering," he said.

"Because up and down the UK, whether it’s from Dorset up to Staffordshire, there are literally hundreds of thousands of people volunteering."

Click here to listen to the full episode of ‘Declassified, Documenting Military Stories’. Michael Coates, presenter of the podcast, and co-founder of the Declassified Network, will be joining the Big Show team on Wednesday 22 April from 16:00 UKT, both on air and on Instagram Live.

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