Prince William showed off his lockdown tan in a white polo shirt as he revealed he would be taking part in a ‘virtual marathon challenge’ for one of his patronages over the weekend.
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, has been living with Kate Middleton, 38, and their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
The royal looked relaxed as he appeared in a new charity video for Tusk and praised those who had taken part in the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon challenge on Saturday, where supporters were invited to run any distance and raise funds for the orgnisation.
Prince William, who has been patron of the charity since 2005, revealed: ‘I’m also about to do a run myself, as part of this virtual challenge. Like many of you, I’m very sad not to be able to do this run in Lewa’s beautiful surroundings but also rather relieved not to have been spared the altitude and the heat.’
Prince William, 38, donned a white t-shirt as he showed off a glowing tan during a charity video for his patronage Tusk
The charity, of which the Duke of Cambridge has been patron since 2005, tweeted out the short clip of Prince William’s message over the weekend
Sharing the video on social media, the charity tweeted: ‘Tusk’s Royal Patron has some words of encouragement and thanks for all those taking part in the #TuskLewaSafariChallenge.’
Meanwhile Prince William said: ‘A massive thankyou to everyone who has taken part in Tusk Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon Challenge this month.
‘Wherever you are in the world and however far you have run, and whatever money you have donated or raised, your support for Tusk and Lewa are hugely appreciated.’
The royal continued: ‘These are unprecedented times, the impact of Covid-19 threatens to undo years of conservation progress across the entire African continent.
The royal revealed he would take part in the marathon challenge, although he didn’t say how far he would run
‘But there are individuals working tirelessly in the fight to protect Africa’s wildlife including the amazing Lewa rangers.’
The royal continued: ‘This is not a race, there is no stop-watch. It is our way of showing Africa’s conservation community, that we are all in this together.’
Prince William didn’t reveal how far he planned to run as part of the charity challenge for his patronage, of which he has been involved since December 2005.
The charity was inviting supporters to run, walk or ride any distance to raise funds for conservation in Africa.
The Duke is currently living at Anmer Hall alongside Kate Middleton, 38, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, (pictured, Prince William with the children in the gardens of their Norfolk home)
The Duke has actively supported the charity’s work both privately and publicly on many occasions and last visited Tusk projects in Namibia and Tanzania in 2018.
At the end of January 2017, Prince William told GMB reporter Sean Fletcher that he would like to run a marathon, with the reporter then saying: ‘I chatted to Prince William, and he has promised that he will run a marathon in Kenya sometime.’
For almost thirty years, Tusk has pioneered successful conservation action in Africa by protecting wildlife, empowering communities and advancing the frontline in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.
The video comes days after Prince William visited the Oxford Vaccine Group’s facility at the Churchill Hospital where he met with staff members and clinical trial volunteers
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award recognises the dedication and bravery of rangers working to protect Africa’s increasingly threatened wildlife.
The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award which commends outstanding dedication and contribution to conservation.
The video clip comes days after Prince William made his second public appearance since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke of Cambridge sported a protective face mask while chatting with staff (above) at the laboratory
The Duke appeared in high spirits as he visited the University of Oxford’s Oxford Vaccine Group at the city’s Churchill Hospital last week.
The royal sported a protective face mask as he chatted with staff and volunteers who were taking part in clinical trials.
The Oxford team is at the forefront of the global race to develop a vaccine to COVID-19 and is now testing whether it offers immunity in humans.