Speaking from his new California home, Prince Harry has spoken of the 'devastating and destructive' impact of coronavirus pandemic on communities around the world.
And he focused in particular on communities in Nepal.
In a message to mark the start of the Trailwalker Relay – a fundraising event that sees volunteers trekking 100km in 30 hours – the Prince said: "Almost five years ago, I traveled to Nepal, to visit communities meet families, and see first-hand how the country was rebuilding following the devastating 2015 earthquake.
"Buildings, temples, homes and entire villages has been completely demolished.
"But it was clear that despite everything the Nepalese faced, their spirit and their resilience never weakened."
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He continued: "There was a clear sense of care and compassion for each other.
"With COVID-19 the world has been pitted against a new challenge.
"One that is devastating and destructive in its own right and I'm heartened to see once again the Nepalese spirit is unwavering."
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Explaining his commitment to this particular charity, he said: "In Afghanistan, I was honoured to serve alongside the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
"These soldiers showed me what they believe in; they showed me what their values are.
"The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam are working together to supply PPE, establish hand-washing facilities and support public education.
"They are rallying together in incredibly difficult circumstances to help communities beat this virus and to save lives."
To participants in this year's unique "virtual" relay, the Prince said: "I want to thank you, for signing up for this year's Trailwalker Relay.
"Doing this relay virtually is going to make it even more difficult than it already was so you're gonna need to dig deep, physically and emotionally, to get you and your team across those 100 kilometres.
"I know that you can do it and with every step, you take just remember you're helping those who need it most.”
Traditionally the Gurkha Welfare Trust event takes place across the South Downs, with hundreds of civilians setting off alongside soldiers from the Queen's Gurkha Signals.
But this year, because of the pandemic, the mass walk has had to be cancelled. Instead participants are taking part separately, splitting the distance between teams, and following social distancing rules.
The Trailwalker Relay runs until September 27.
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