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William hails ‘incredible generosity’ of Comic Relief viewers

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The Duke of Cambridge will tonight praise viewers who last year raised millions of pounds for Comic Relief – the BBC’s annual fundraising night of comedy.

In a video message for Comic Relief, which is broadcast throughout Firday night, Prince William praised Brits for helping raise £74 million for Comic Relief last year.

Comic Relief was part behind a special fundraiser in April 2020, called The Big Night In. Funds were split between Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need and the National Emergencies Trust, which he supports as patron.

The duke will say in his video message: “Your incredible generosity raised over £74 million for so many brilliant charities, including the National Emergencies Trust, at a time when Covid was first really taking its toll.

“Thank you all so much.”

William’s message will introduce a powerful film that highlights the huge increase in the number of people experiencing mental health issues over the past year and the support being provided by organisations funded by Comic Relief

William starred in a Blackadder sketch with Stephen Fry during the Big Night In and joked about home schooling his children.

Comic Relief’s Night of TV started at 7pm on BBC One.

Dawn French kicked off proceedings by singing Lizzo song Juice as her character Geraldine from The Vicar Of Dibley.

Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Jodie Whittaker then featured in a sketch for the programme.

The stars featured in a joke trailer for the film 2020 The Movie – about the events of the past 12 months.

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