Prince Philip Praises Essential Workers in First Personal Statement Since Retirement

Prince Philip just made his first official statement in three years, to honor those on the frontline fighting against coronavirus. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's message, which was posted by Kensington Palace across its social media platforms on Monday, praised the efforts of the emergency services and essential workers around the United Kingdom. 

“As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19,” the statement read. 

The 98-year-old, who is currently self-isolating with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, also made sure to acknowledge those who are working to keep the day-to-day lives of citizens as normal as possible. 

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working on food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected,” he continued. 

The personal message is very unusual considering the duke has not made any official statements since he retired from his role as public consort to Her Majesty back in 2017. 

But hey, these unusual times call for unusual actions.