PRINCE CHARLES has spoken openly about his battle with coronavirus, and the hardships of not seeing family during lockdown. But what is the one thing Prince Charles wishes he could do?
The Royal Family has been in lockdown like the rest of the UK, isolating in their various homes across the UK. Like many of us, not seeing family is taking its toll on Royal Family members, with Prince Charles speaking out about the struggles of isolation.
Prince Charles has been staying with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at their Scottish residence, Birkhall.
The Prince of Wales himself was diagnosed with coronavirus in March but luckily recovered after spending a week in isolation.
In an interview with Sky News’s “After the Pandemic” series Charles spoke of his experience with the illness, saying: “It makes me even more determined to push and shout and prod.
“I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly.
Royal heartbreak: Charles revealed how video calls are not the same as seeing family in person (Image: PA)
“But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.”
Speaking to Sky News, Prince Charles revealed how he hadn’t seen his father or grandchildren for a long time – and revealed how despite “doing the FaceTime” it wasn’t the same as seeing his family in person.
In particular, he spoke of his father Prince Philip’s 99th birthday – which is this coming week, on Wednesday, June 10.
Royal heartbreak: The Queen and Prince Philip are spending lockdown at Windsor Castle (Image: PA)
Royal heartbreak: Prince Charles spoke of how he hadn’t seen his father in a long time (Image: PA)
Philip has been staying at Windsor Castle with the Queen, and last month celebrated the monarch’s 94th birthday in lockdown.
While Charles said he has been able to video chat with his family, he admitted this was not the same as seeing them in person.
Charles said: “Well I haven’t seen my father for a long time. He’s going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I’ve been doing the Facetime, is all very well but…”
He continued: “It’s terribly sad but fortunately at least you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing.
“But it isn’t the same is it. You really want to give people a hug.”
Speaking of the frustrations of the public Charles said he hoped people would be able to see and hug their loved ones soon.
He said: “I do totally understand so many people’s frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish and I mean I’m just trying to do my best to find and help and encourage ways to enable people to go on doing that, but in a way that doesn’t wreck everything at the same time around us.”
There have been several royal birthdays in lockdown which may have been celebrated over FaceTime – and several more to come in recent weeks.
Royal heartbreak: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are spending lockdown in Birkhall (Image: PA)
Prince Philip turns 99 next week, and then on June 21, Prince William will celebrate his 38th birthday.
William’s birthday will be closely followed by Prince George, who turns seven on June 22.
The Queen, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Archie Mountbatten Windsor have all celebrated birthdays in recent weeks.
Prince Louis turned two on April 23, then a few weeks later older sister Charlotte celebrated her fifth birthday on May 2.
This will have been a busy time for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge – who revealed the family’s birthday tradition TV baker Mary Berry.
While filming a Christmas baking special with Mary titled A Berry Royal Christmas, Kate revealed: “I love making the cake.
“It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”
Archie Harrison celebrated his first birthday with parents Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry in Los Angeles – where the Sussexes are currently living.
To commemorate the occasion, Meghan and Harry teamed up with Save the Children and released a video of Meghan reading to her son.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK