Prince Charles has said he finds it ‘terribly sad’ being unable to be with his four grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Archie due to the lockdown.
Prince Charles just spoke about the hardships he has been facing being stuck at home due to the lockdown. The biggest one is missing his grandchildren. He is ‘terribly sad’ that he hasn’t been able to see his family in months.
The heir to the throne, 71, talked about the difficulties of lockdown from his Aberdeenshire home of Birkhall for a new interview for Sky News for their new series After The Pandemic: Our New World, which aired its first episode on June 4th.
Charles talked about how much he wants to give family members a hug, and how he misses Prince Phillip, 98, as well as his five grandchildren, Prince William’s children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, Prince Louis, two and Prince Harry’s son Archie, one.
The 71-year-old explained how being disconnected from his family has left him terribly sad, not to mention other close people to him.
“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.”
“I do totally understand so many people’s frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish.”
He and Prince Philip, who’ll be celebrating his 99th next week, have been 500 miles apart during the crisis. The Prince of Wales has been stuck at Birkhall in Scotland, while his father’s with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
His two sons have also been in self-isolation. Prince William and his family are staying at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. Prince Harry is self-isolating with his wife Meghan and son Archie in their home in Los Angeles.
The interview, that was supposed to launch his post-pandemic green initiative, turned much more personal when he talked about how difficult the lockdown has been for all families.
“I haven’t seen my father for a long time,’ he said. ‘He’s going to be 99 next week, so yes… or my grandchildren or anything.”
“I’ve been doing the Facetime, which is all very well but…”
The Prince has high hopes that families will be reunited soon. “I do hope so,’ he added. ‘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.”
He described the last two months as ‘an unbelievable testing and challenging time”. “I know that so many people have had the agony of losing their loved ones and the bewilderment and anxiety that surrounds everything.
“We’ve seen at the same time people being quite remarkable and wonderful people in the National Health Service and all the other key workers who kept everything going.”
He also touched upon his own experiences with the virus during the crisis. He told royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills: “I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly. But I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.”
“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 tested positive for the virus in March this year. Luckily, he powered through it only with ‘mild’ symptoms and was back to his regular routine quickly.
Royal sources report that the Prince had been in ‘good health’ throughout the illness and self-isolated for seven days, ‘in accordance with government and medical guidelines’.
Now the only thing he is looking forward is reuniting with his grandchildren and we sure hope he does soon.