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Prince Charles urges hope in this ‘strange’ era

‘Distressing’: Charles spoke of his experience after contracting coronavirus PICTURE: PA

THE Prince of Wales has spoken for the first time of the ‘strange, frustrating and often distressing’ experience of self-isolating at home.

Charles also delivered a message of hope, saying the crisis will end and praising the ‘remarkable NHS’ as well as shop workers and volunteers.

The heir to the throne made his first appearance since coming out of self-isolation on Monday following his Covid-19 diagnosis. He recorded a video message in support of the charity Age UK, which he represents as patron.

In the message, posted on royal websites and social media, he said: ‘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.

‘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.’

The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, tested negative for the virus and remains in self-isolation until the end of the week, heeding advice to separate for 14 days.

Charles, 71, said we are facing ‘a profoundly challenging situation’, adding: ‘None of us can say when this will end, but end it will. Until it does, let us all try and live with hope and, with faith in ourselves and each other, look forward to better times to come.’