Just in time, Prince William becomes the royal family’s ‘Captain ...

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Just in time, Prince William becomes the royal family’s ‘Captain Sensible’

With the terrible years the queen has had, the Firm looks to the duke’s steady, down-to-earth hand

Camilla Tominey

It was the moment Prince William embodied his grandmother’s mantra of keeping calm and carrying on in the face of a crisis. Reacting to the global panic about coronavirus, the Duke of Cambridge raised eyebrows by daring to suggest that the media coverage might have been “a little hyped up”.

Speaking during a tour of Ireland with his wife, Catherine, the father of three spoke about the outbreak as he chatted to emergency workers at a reception in Dublin. “Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment?” he asked paramedic Joe Mooney. “I bet everyone’s like, ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying’ and you’re like, ‘No, you’ve just got a cough’.”

While it is unclear how the paramedic responded, many watching were able to relate. With coronavirus having dominated the news all week, William – like the professors and other public health experts calling for a sense of perspective – appeared the royal voice of reason...

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