The Countess of Wessex has urged parents and carers looking after children amid the coronavirus outbreak not to “feel alone”, and encouraged them to take advantage of online resources.
Sophie’s words of support came in a video posted on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, which was filmed by the Countess’ 16-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor.
Sophie said in her message: “For a lot of us, today is the start of living with change to our normal routines and regular patterns of our daily lives brought about by the necessary response to the threat of coronavirus.
“Many of you as parents and carers will be adjusting to what might become a lengthy period of looking after your children from home. Some of you will also be giving up your time to ensure those children not at school are kept stimulated during these unprecedented times.”
Sophie also has a 12-year-old son, Viscount Severn, with husband Edward and they are likely to be trying to keep their children entertained and educated like parents across the country.
The countess went on to say: “For parents and carers, it can be a daunting time to help our children and young people through this period of uncertainty but please don’t feel alone.
“Make use of the resources out there and the fantastic digital communities that are sharing and supporting them.
“Stay safe and thinking of you all.”