Video Message by The Prince of Wales to the People of Australia
I fear this is a hopelessly inadequate way of trying to…to get a message to all of you that both my wife and myself are thinking of you so very much at such an incredibly difficult time and in such impossible and terrifying circumstances. But I did want to say that both of us have been in despair [over] the last several weeks watching this appalling horror unfolding in Australia and witnessing so much of what you’re having to go through from this distance. Those of you who have tragically lost your properties, your houses, everything – to me – it is, and to both of us, not to be believed possible, and I know how many houses have been lost.
But above all, we…we wanted to say how much we have been thinking of all those remarkable, courageous, determined firefighters who’ve done so much and worked ceaselessly to exhaustion, and we feel so deeply with [for] the families of those who…who have been lost…who’ve lost their lives in the course of carrying out their remarkable duties, as only they can do.
And we also think of all the…all the Australian wildlife that is destroyed in these appalling infernos, let alone everything else.
I know, we both know, just how incredibly special and resilient the Australian people are, so I know, at the end of the day, despite all this horror, you will find a way to…to face it all and win through, and all I can say is that we are thinking of you, we are praying for you in the most determined way.
I’m very proud to know you all.