Royal Marsden Staff are the Heart and Soul of That Hospital’: Duke of Cambridge writes touching Christmas message, thanking staff there for their “selfless dedication” and hard work

  • Prince William thanked Royal Marsden employees for all their hard work during the pandemic 
  • 39-year-old The Duke was elected president of London’s NHS trust in May 2007.
  • He took over the duties from his mother, who was a caregiver from 1989 to 1997. 
  • World-leading cancer hospital shared touching video on their Twitter account  

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a touching Christmas message to staff at the Royal Marsden hospital thanking them for their ‘selfless dedication and hard work’ over the last year. 

Prince William was elected President of Royal Marsden in 2007. He succeeded Princess Diana, who had held this position from 1989 to her death in 1997.

After his appointment, President Sullivan has been visiting the hospital on a regular basis and expressed his appreciation to staff members at the leading cancer centre in the world. He called them the “heart and soul” of the hospital. 

William (39) was honored for sharing the heartwarming message on Twitter. 

The Duke of Cambridge shared a touching Christmas message to staff at the Royal Marsden hospital thanking them for their 'selfless dedication and hard work' over the last year

The Duke of Cambridge sent a heartfelt Christmas message to Royal Marsden Hospital staff, thanking them for all their hard work over the past year.

Prince William became President of the Royal Marsden in 2007, taking over the esteemed role from the late Princess Diana. He is pictured visiting patients at the hospital in 2019

Prince William was elected President of Royal Marsden in 2007 after succeeding Princess Diana. In 2019, he is seen visiting the hospital patients. 

In the video, he stated that he wanted to express his gratitude to the Royal Marsden team for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year. 

‘We appreciate it, we don’t forget about what you do and you are the heart and soul of that hospital, you give everyone such cause for hope and optimism during a very difficult time in their life.

“So that’s me saying: Thank you so much for your tireless work. It is a joy to be able to do what you love and it makes us proud.   

William holds a special place in his heart because the hospital was where Diana got engaged for her first solo date in 1982.

The hospital has a poignant significance for William because it was the location Diana's first solo engagement in 1982. She is pictured at a fundraiser for the hospital in 1997

William finds the hospital to be of profound significance because Diana was there for her first solo engagement. Pictured at the 1997 fundraiser held by the hospital

Yesterday the royal made a special appearance on the hospital’s radio station in an interview recorded at Kensington Palace, where he lives with wife Kate, 39, and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six and Louis, three.

Opening up about the festive period, he said it was ‘special’ to seeing his children play with their relatives and that he ‘loves to play Monopoly’ during the festive season. 

He said, “It’s always wonderful to bring the whole family together during Christmas because it makes us all feel closer.”

“But we only get very few minutes of being together. It’s special to see my kids play together with my cousins. 

Prince William said he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family. Pictured with Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince George, eight and Princess Charlotte on Christmas Day 2019

Prince William stated that he is looking forward to Christmas with his family. Pictured together with Kate Middleton (39), Prince George (8) and Princess Charlotte (7 December 2019). 

“So that’s why I love Christmas so much. Also, Christmas has a whole new meaning now that our children are here. Now it is a completely different game of excitement and noise. Now I enjoy the new Christmas version in my life. 

Elf was also his top Christmas film, according to him. He added that Buddy from the comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell in the role of Santa’s helper Buddy, is one of his favorites. 

William was last seen at the trust’s Sutton hospitals in 2020. There he talked about the ‘unimaginable problems’ that cancer patients face as a result the Covid pandemic. 

According to The Duke, those who were delayed in receiving treatment suffered from the most severe knock-on effects.