Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank B.C. health workers on Canada Day

SURREY, B.C. — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke with health workers in British Columbia via video call about their experiences working during COVID-19 on Canada Day.

Prince William and Kate heard from Fraser Health staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital about the challenges and impact on mental health that comes with caring for COVID-19 patients.

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They thanked frontline staff for their work during the crisis and told them their work was appreciated.

The couple also heard from a pregnant social worker about how she balances her workload while taking care of herself.

William said he's proud of frontline staff who have led the way stoically and bravely, adding that they're putting patient care at the "top of the list."

Kate also said she admired the work of frontline staff, adding they're playing a "hugely tough" role.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2020.

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