Prince William tells Australian flood victims to ‘take care of yourself’ during Zoom call

Prince William has urged Australians to “take care of themselves and others” as he heard the stories of four flood victims during a “heartbreaking” video call.

Kensington Palace released footage of the Prince of Wales speaking to Australians from across the country who were devastated by floods on Friday.

On the call were Daniel Cleave and Curtis Arthur, business owners from Shepparton in Victoria, Grace Langlands, member of the NSW Emergency Service, Brad Flowers from South Australia, landlord Brad Flowers and Maureen Carter, the managing director of the Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service in Kimberly in Western Australia.

The royal listened thoughtfully and nodded as each attendee described the impact of the flooding before ending with a note on mental health.

“You have people like you looking out for each other and supporting each other,” he tells the star-loving Aussies.

“Please make sure you take care of yourself and those in your communities who need it as some people will suffer in silence.

“I just want to make sure you guys take care of yourselves and each other, it’s very important.”

William listened thoughtfully and nodded as each participant described the impact of the flooding on their area before ending with a note on mental health

William listened thoughtfully and nodded as each participant described the impact of the flooding on their area before ending with a note on mental health

Ms Langlands said flood-hit areas in NSW had resembled a war zone.

“Just the power, cars on cars, and never really realizing the power behind water and the damage it can do,” she said.

Mr Flowers, the owner of the Overland Corner Hotel in Upper Murray, said he was still delivering supplies to people in his community.

“Everyone helps, bring food and drinks,” he said to the prince.

“We’re a pretty rough bunch, the old Australians.”

The innkeeper took to Facebook to share his chat with the Prince of Wales and joked that news of his local watering hole closing had reached Kensington Palace.

“We were fortunate to receive a video call and lengthy chat with our good pal HRH The Prince of Wales William,” he wrote.

“He wanted to talk to us about our closure and the Riverland flooding. He asked us to pass on his thoughts and best wishes to all of our wonderful community who are struggling at the moment.’

Kensington Palace released footage of the Prince of Wales speaking to Australians from various flood-hit regions on Friday

Kensington Palace released footage of the Prince of Wales speaking to Australians from various flood-hit regions on Friday

Brad Flowers, the owner of the Overland Corner Hotel in Upper Murray, told the prince he was still delivering relief supplies to people in his community

Brad Flowers, the owner of the Overland Corner Hotel in Upper Murray, told the prince he was still delivering relief supplies to people in his community

Mrs Carter told the prince that despite tough times, they would prevail.

“We’re a resilient bunch, I think we’ll pull through,” she said.

Mr Cleave, who owns a shop in flood-ravaged Shepparton, Victoria, posted a photo to Facebook from the Zoom call.

“You can’t video call Prince William every Friday,” he said.

The royal also tweeted about the conference, writing: “Encouraging but heartbreaking to speak to some of those affected by the severe flooding in Australia.”

Kensington Palace said William made an undisclosed donation to the Australian Red Cross to help with clean-up efforts in flood-hit areas.

Flood damage to a town's heated pool building in Forbes in central west NSW on Thursday

Flood damage to a town’s heated pool building in Forbes in central west NSW on Thursday

Kensington Palace said William (pictured on the video call) made an undisclosed donation to the Australian Red Cross to help with clean-up efforts in flood-hit areas

Kensington Palace said William (pictured on the video call) made an undisclosed donation to the Australian Red Cross to help with clean-up efforts in flood-hit areas

Flooding has hit Australia over the past 12 months, with parts of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia being particularly hard-hit in the last month.

It was recently announced that 2022 was the ninth wettest year on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The prince, who is next in line to the throne, has been keeping a low profile since his younger brother Harry, the Duke of Sussex published his memoir Spare.

He and his wife Catherine Middleton are at the center of several of the Duke’s bombshell claims, with the book quickly breaking sales records around the world.

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Bradford Betz

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