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The images and stories we’re hearing from Australia are heartbreaking and horrific, to say the least. There’s a feeling of helplessness that can come from witnessing just how much damage has been done, and Prince Charles is not immune. The future King of England delivered a heartfelt message to the people of Australia, expressing how he and the Duchess of Cornwall have been in despair, watching the “appalling horror” of the country’s bushfires unfold.

He began the emotional message by saying that the video seemed like a “hopelessly inadequate way” to get his message across “at such an incredibly difficult time and in such impossible and terrifying circumstances.” Charles and Camilla — and the rest of the world — continue to be shocked by the tragic loss of life and homes, as well as the staggering impact to the country’s wildlife.

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The Prince of Wales, who last visited Australia in 2018, also stated how in awe they are of the “remarkable, courageous, determined” firefighters, “who’ve done so much and worked ceaselessly to exhaustion.” But if there was a silver lining, leave it to Charles to find it. He concluded his sentiments on a hopeful note, noting the resilience of Australian people, adding that he and Camilla are praying for them “in the most determined way.”

Charles’ moving message comes after other Royal Family members took to social media to share their sorrow. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh thanked emergency services and sent their thoughts and prayers to all Australians.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge added similar sentiments, alongside a heart-wrenching image of a kangaroo with a burning building in the background.

For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it was even more personal; they visited New South Wales, the hardest hit area where more than 100 fires continue to burn, in October 2018. Harry and Meghan added how stricken they are “by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues.” They added that “it’s easy to feel helpless, but there’s always a way to help,” and listed several links for where to donate and lend support.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with those across Australia who are continuing to face the devastating fires that have been raging for months. From areas we are personally connected to such as the communities and people we visited in New South Wales in 2018, to the fires in California and parts of Africa, we are struck by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues. This global environmental crisis has now been described as Ecocide. It’s easy to feel helpless, but there’s always a way to help. To find out how you can lend your support, please see the links below to help as we have. https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr (@redcrossau) https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/about-us/fundraising (@nswrfs) https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa#donate-cfa Photo © @nswrfs / @dale_appleton / Jay Elai

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Charles may be next in line for the throne, but it’s his impassioned work as an environmentalist that really gets his royal motor running. He’s been at it for decades, working with charities, businesses and governments to promote sustainable ways of living and working. And whether it’s his work on climate change, campaigning against deforestation of the rainforests or championing organic farming, Charles has no intention of stopping.