Princess Mary has spoken about the impacts of coronavirus lockdowns on young people, admitting she felt "undoubtedly less optimism" after hosting a virtual meeting through The Mary Foundation.
Denmark recently extended its second lockdown by a further three weeks, prompting the Aussie princess to speak to 18-24 year olds about loneliness and social isolation.
Reflecting on the meeting she participated in from her office inside Amalienborg Palace, Mary said she was "very touched", but added the "mood at the meeting was different and more burdensome".
"Young people are finding it harder and harder to see an end to it all. They struggle to maintain both motivation and spirit, and loneliness has begun to fill more for more of them," she said.
"There was undoubtedly less optimism to be traced in the panel this time, but there were small lights and an exemplary focus on those who are having the hardest time."
The Mary Foundation was created using money gifted to Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik for their 2004 wedding. It focuses on three key areas including bullying and wellbeing, loneliness and domestic violence.
Even as royals Mary and her family haven't been able to escape the impacts of the global pandemic.
Back in December, Princess Mary’s son - and the future king of Denmark - tested positive for the coronavirus following an outbreak at his school.
The 15-year-old at the time had not been in contact with anyone outside of the royal family, and his mother Mary, dad Prince Frederik and his three siblings Princess Isabella, 13, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, nine went into isolation as a precaution.
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