Queen urges other roy­als to step up to pub­lic du­ties dur­ing coro­n­avirus cri­sis

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Lon­don: The Queen wants to re­turn to front­line du­ties “as soon as pos­si­ble” but un­til then she has sanc­tioned more roy­als to step for­ward dur­ing the coro­n­avirus cri­sis. Se­nior aides have cre­ated a pro­gramme dubbed the Royal Task Force aimed at ex­tend­ing The Firm’s pub­lic pres­ence. Prince Ed­ward, 56, and wife So­phie, 55, will take on more du­ties while the Queen self-iso­lates.

Royal sources have con­firmed that the monarch is “more de­ter­mined than ever to re­turn when the time is right”.

But in the mean­time she is said to be in con­stant con­tact with Prince Charles and Prince Wil­liam. She has told them that the fam­ily “must have a united front” to help the coun­try heal when the cri­sis is over, sources have con­firmed.

Since Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, quit their royal roles to move to the US, the fam­ily have been work­ing to en­sure char­i­ties that rely on royal sup­port are taken care of.

Wil­liam, 37, and Kate, 38, have been at the fore­front of the plan. They have held reg­u­lar Zoom calls with front­line NHS work­ers, school staff and pupils of key work­ers and var­i­ous char­i­ties.

The cou­ple also spoke to Sec­ond World War veter­ans ahead of the 75th an­niver­sary of VE Day last week. Mir­ror

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