PRINCE CHARLES has confessed he is still suffering the symptoms of coronavirus while visiting patients in hospital as one royal correspondent said he looks “fatigued”.
Prince Charles, 71, confessed to a health worker that he still has a loss of sense of smell and taste after suffering from coronavirus earlier this year. The Prince of Wales spoke of his personal experience with COVID-19 as he met frontline NHS staff and key workers in person with the Duchess of Cornwall, and they praised their efforts as “Britain at its best”. A royal correspondent said in footage from the meeting, the Duke also looked “fatigued”.
Speaking on ITV’s Royal Rota, producer Lizzie Smith said: “I think it means even more to them because they’ve got first-hand experience after the Prince of Wales had coronavirus.
“He was talking about how even now, some months on, he’s still lost his sense of taste and smell.
“One of the conversations he was having, we picked up on that.”
Royal correspondent Chris Ship added: “One of the experts had a conversation with Prince Charles where he looks like he’s still suffering from the effects of coronavirus.
Prince Charles confessed he is still suffering from coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles said he still doesn’t have a sense of taste and smell (Image: GETTY)
“Not only his sense of taste and smell but his fatigue also.”
Camilla also talked about a recent family reunion, seeing her grandchildren for the first time since lockdown, saying: “First time last weekend.
“Not hug them, but see them – a great treat.”
The couple chatted to nurses, cleaners, consultants and care workers from a number of NHS trusts at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the open air, with everyone respecting social distancing measures by standing two metres apart.
Prince Charles and Camilla had been self-isolating in Balmoral Castle (Image: GETTY)
Asked if the country’s appreciation of the NHS has changed for good, the duchess replied: “I think it has, you can tell by all the people coming out every week to clap – they’ve done the most remarkable things.
“The way they’ve looked after people, the way they’ve sort of kept control of the whole thing, you know, it’s a question of not panicking and getting on with it and I think they are Britain at its best.”
The Gloucestershire Royal in Gloucester is effectively Charles’s local hospital as it is close to his country home of Highgrove, but he chose to spend much of the lockdown at his Scottish retreat of Birkhall.
The prince spoke to Jeff Mills, 47, a healthcare assistant from Cheltenham General Hospital, about contracting COVID-19 in March, after developing mild symptoms.
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When Charles first arrived, he received many he met with a namaste greeting – clasping his hands together – instead of a handshake, and the waiting NHS staff and others were carefully spaced out, standing on yellow dots to maintain the two-metre distance.
In a lighter moment, the heir to the throne quipped about the arrangement: “I was just thinking we should tell them to fall out, shortly,” while his wife joked: “I feel they’re going to take a salute or something.”
After meeting the staff, Charles said: “It’s been a marvellous opportunity just to have a chance of seeing people I know have been doing so much – literally on the front line.
“And having to endure an awful lot of stress and strain in their wonderful way – how they do it I don’t know. But delivering everything in the most effective way.
“And the great thing they were all saying is it’s brought different departments together in a way that hadn’t always happened before, so there’s been a great deal of marvellous co-operation I think.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK