A children's hospice center supported by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has closed down due to losses brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Shooting Star Children's Hospices is no longer operating its South West London site despite getting a grant from the government. The countess is reportedly "incredibly saddened" by the turnout.
Sophie last visited the hospital in February before U.K. imposed a lockdown. The facility also received nearly a half a million from the government but its workers said that the hospital needs $35,000 a day to operate.
Thus, Shooting Star Children's Hospices is losing its funding to continue its operations. A worker told Daily Express that the government has not given them an adequate response about the funding so they tried to raise the money on their own.
The facility also failed to raise funding since there are no events during the lockdown. For instance, Shooting Star Children's Hospices is the beneficiary of the London Marathon, which was canceled in April in accordance to the government guidelines not to hold large gatherings to lower the risk of transmission.
Several charity shops that support the hospice center also have not opened amid the lockdown. A Buckingham Palace source said that they are keeping watch over the situation and they also receive regular updates and developments about the charity.
The Countess of Wessex is the patron of the charity that cares for children and babies with life-limiting and debilitating conditions. But Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge have also visited the hospice center in the past, according to Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Sophie is expected to closely work together with Camilla for their royal charities. According to reports, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall will be sharing tasks in the royal family since they have the same interests. Thus, the two royal women will likely be making joint appearances in future royal events.
But Buckingham Palace is not commenting on the speculations about Sophie and Camilla's future public appearances together. For now, the royal family is not engaging in in-person events since the government is still not keen on allowing gatherings.
The royals have been resigned to working with their charities via the virtual video platform, Zoom, amid the risks of coronavirus. Sophie has, in fact, been in a Zoom call with a group of charities with Camilla and Kate. It's still unclear when the royals will be safe to resume in-person events.