In a PSA video shared on Clarence House’s social media accounts, Prince Charles has used his first appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 to share his experience with the virus and the resulting isolation. The Prince of Wales focussed heavily on the pandemic’s effects on older people of the community, speaking on behalf of Age U.K, a charity of which he is patron of.
Watch below: Prince Charles and Camilla clap for health workers while in quarantine
"Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus – luckily with relatively mild symptoms – I now find myself on the other side of the illness, but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation," he said.
"As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed."
"At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness," he continued.
Prince Charles’ latest update comes after news earlier this week that he had been released from isolation only a week after news broke of his diagnosis. While many were concerned that the Duke of Cornwall had not committed to the 14-day isolation period, the U.K.’s National Health Service has confirmed that seven days of self-isolation meets the current government requirements for individuals showing symptoms in the U.K.
“None of us can say when this will end, but end it will. Until it does, let us try and live with hope and with faith in ourselves in each other. Look forward to better times to come."