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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s sweet moment on video call with Australian koala

Prince William and Kate Middleton have checked in on some of those affected by Australia’s devastating bushfires last summer.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge video chatted with emergency services and business owners in Kangaroo Island, off South Australia, where almost half the island was burnt and thousands of animals perished.And in a lighthearted moment, the…

Prince William and Kate Middleton have checked in on some of those affected by Australia’s devastating bushfires last summer.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge video chatted with emergency services and business owners in Kangaroo Island, off South Australia, where almost half the island was burnt and thousands of animals perished.

And in a lighthearted moment, the couple was introduced to Grace the koala – with the royals breaking out in giggles.

“Oh look!” Kate said as Grace was introduced to the couple by wildlife park owner Dana Mitchell. “So sweet. She’s so cute.”

William added: “She looks very well looked after. Grace looks like she has a very nice life there.”

In another candid moment when chatting to a business owner who said he was relying on his wife’s support to rebuild their store, William gave a subtle nod to his own wife.

“You have a good pair of hands helping you out, Mike, which is important,” the Duke said as he glanced at Kate.

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The Duke and Duchess heard how the island’s wildlife was affected by the catastrophic fires, including the brutal impact on its koala population.

They also heard about how responders were working to rehabilitate animals and return them to the wild.

“It’s fantastic to hear about the community spirit in Australia as always, which is what Catherine and I see when we come down there,” William said.

“Aussies are very good at looking out for each other and it’s fantastic to see that you’re all pulling together.”

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William and Kate, both 38, have been participating in various video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic and recently returned to work in person.

Last week the duchess met with parents who were struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic at Battersea Park in London.

A week earlier the duo made an appearance at a bakery in London’s east to hear how the business had fared during the pandemic, before attending the Jobcentre at London Bridge.

Meanwhile across the pond, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have called out “structural racism” in the UK.

The pair conducted a video interview with the Evening Standard in honour of Black History Month, when they also threw their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

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