Royals

Countess Sophie shares a video message to parents amid Covid-19: ‘Please don’t feel alone’

The Queen's daughter-in-law also shared resources for parents wanting to keep their children occupied and engaged as people across the UK go into self-isolation.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex is reaching out to parents who are adjusting to homeschooling their children amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking to the Royal Family's official social media accounts Prince Edward's wife shared a video message to followers urging them to not feel alone and to make use of the resources available to them.
In the video, shot by the countess' eldest child Lady Louis, 16, she begins: "For parents and carers, it can be a daunting time to help our children and young people through this period of uncertainty, but please don't feel alone.
"Make use of the resources out there and the fantastic digital communities that are sharing them and supporting them. Stay safe and thinking of you all."
WATCH: Countess Sophie urges parents not to fell alone and shares homeschooling resources amid Covid-19. Story continues below...
The 55-year-old also shared videos to the Royal Family's Instagram stories, providing resources available from some of the charities and organisation she supports, including the NSCPC who are offering advice on how to best talk to children about the current pandemic and the effect it is having on their normal lives.
Some of the charity's tips include asking children what they already know about the virus, remaining calm and not dismissing any fears they may have.
"Each day they'll challenge you and your children to take part in activity to help beat boredom," the countess shared, one of the challenges includes making your own movie, casting family members of toys and filming it on a phone.
Sophie also shared resources for parents who have children with autism, recommending they follow @Autism on Twitter and shared resources with pictures to help explain the situation visually.
The video looked to have been filmed from her family home in Bagshot Park, not far from where the Queen is currently staying at Windsor Castle.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex with her husband Prince Edward and two children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise at during the royal walk to church on Christmas Day last year. (Image: Getty)
Last week it was announced the Queen would be travelling to the Castle from Buckingham Palace one week earlier than originally planned as a precaution amid Covid-19 with reports earlier this week that a member of staff at the Palace had tested positive for the virus.
The Queen also shared a personal letter of solidarity last week saying that "at times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal."

She continued: "[Philip and I] are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.
"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part," she concluded, signing the letter, "Elizabeth R".
The message, shared to the Royal Family's social media accounts was also shared by the Cambridges and the Sussexes and follows their own messages addressing the current pandemic last week in which Prince William shared a video message encouraging people to come together while the Sussexes shared a similar message saying now more than ever "we need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary".