PUBLISHED: 22:33, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:34, Thu, Oct 29, 2020
The Duke of Cambridge held a video call with Yousef Zaher, also known as DJ Yousef, and Natalie Haywood, who both run businesses in the city. Liverpool is in Tier 3, the highest level of coronavirus lockdown in the UK, and people are struggling to keep their businesses from going under, jobs are being lost, and people cannot see their friends and family. William raised concerns about people’s mental health if we cannot go out and socialise, not to mention the impact on their wellbeing if they lose their job or business.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers said he really liked those conversations because Liverpool is a “wonderful, wonderful city”, one of the entertainment capitals of the world, and it is hurting under the current restrictions with all pubs, bars and nightclubs shut.
He said that William raised the concern about a “mental health catastrophe” if we don’t come out of this crisis soon, and that this is “quite a political statement” under the “guise” of mental health awareness.
He argued that it is a “clever play” of William to speak about such pertinent questions right now in a topic he is so familiar with.
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Prince William expressed concern for people's mental health in lockdown (Image: BBC)
William and Kate wear masks during a royal engagement (Image: GETTY)
However, it could be quite controversial for a royal to be getting political, as it is important constitutionally that the monarchy must remain neutral at all times.
Mr Myers said: “William was saying there is going to be this mental health catastrophe if we don’t come out of this fairly soon, because with all the restrictions and all the different ways we are being forced to life our lives, if people can’t get out and express themselves with their friends and loved ones, then it’s going to be a massive, massive issue.”
“And I think this was particularly prevalent at the moment.
“Because on the one hand, it is quite a political statement to say that, that more needs to be done on a local level, while it’s also under the guise of mental health and mental health awareness.
William, Harry and Kate have worked in the arena of mental health for many years (Image: GETTY)
“And I think that’s quite a clever play on William’s behalf because he’s obviously caring and quite tapped into that arena.
“And in the conversations he was having with