The Prince of Wales recently opened up about his experience of having coronavirus in a new interview with Sky News for their series After The Pandemic: Our New World, which will air tomorrow night. Speaking from his Aberdeenshire home of Birkhall, he told royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills how lucky he felt to have returned to full health.
He said: “I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly. B
“But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.”
He went on to show his compassion for those who could not be with their loved ones in their final days.
Prince Charles added: “I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That to me is the most ghastly thing.”
He added: “But in order to prevent this happening to so many more people, I’m so determined to find a way out of this.”
Prince Charles was diagnosed as having Covid-19 following a test on the NHS in Aberdeenshire in March of this year.
Fortunately, he only suffered what were described as “mild” symptoms and carried on working throughout.
Royal sources said the prince was in “good health” throughout his illness and his self-isolation lasted seven days.
Prince Charles revealed how recovering from the disease has given him a new approach to life.
He said it had reinforced his belief in the causes he champions, saying: “It makes me even more determined to push and shout and prod.”
Prince Charles went on to explain that the crisis could offer some hope when it comes to protecting the environment.
The Duke explained how the pandemic may offer a moment of opportunity for protecting the environment.
He explained: “People have begun to realise that we have to put nature back at the centre of everything we do and put it at the centre of our economy.
“Before this nature has just been pushed to the peripheries, we’ve exploited and dug up and cut down everything as if there was no tomorrow, as if it doesn’t matter.”
The Prince of Wales went on to encourage people to learn from the pandemic, or face consequences.
He added: “The more we erode the natural world, the more we destroy biodiversity, the more we expose ourselves to this kind of danger.
“We’ve had these other disasters with SARS and EBOLA and goodness knows what else, all of these things are related to the loss of biodiversity.
“So, we have to find a way this time to put nature back at the centre.”
“We should have been treating the planet as if it was a patient long ago. No self-respecting doctor would ever have let the situation, if the planet is a patient, reach this stage before making an intervention.
“It’s only catastrophes which concentrate the mind, which means, that for once, there might be some real impetus to tackle all these things that have been pushed to one side because everyone said, ‘oh it’s irrelevant’. But these are crucial things.”
Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:12:00 +0000