Prince Charles says he ‘got away lightly’ after contracting coronavirus but credits the illness with increasing his determination to ‘push and shout and prod’ about returning nature to the ‘centre of everything we do’.
He spoke about his experiences of Covid-19, paid tribute to key and health workers, and expressed sympathy with those who had lost family or friends, in a video interview with Sky News.
Asked about catching the virus, the Prince of Wales said: ‘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. 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. But in order to prevent this happening to so many more people, I’m so determined to find a way out of this.’
Charles came down with mild symptoms of coronavirus in March and recovered after self-isolating at his Scottish home of Birkhall.
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The heir to the throne was interviewed as part of this week’s Sky News series After The Pandemic: Our New World.
He said: ‘I can’t tell you how much I sympathise with the way that everyone has had to endure with this unbelievably testing and challenging time.’
Charles, a long-time advocate for nature, told Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills: ‘People have begun to realise that we have to put nature back at the centre of everything we do and put it at the centre of our economy.’
Comparing the planet to a sick patient and saying a doctor would never have let it get to this stage, he continued: ‘Before this nature has just been pushed to the peripheries, we’ve exploited and dug up and cut down everything as if there was no tomorrow, as if it doesn’t matter.’
The 71-year-old said that without learning from the pandemic we may face a similar threat in the future, adding: ‘The more we erode the natural world, the more we destroy biodiversity, the more we expose ourselves to this kind of danger.
‘We’ve had these other disasters with Sars and Ebola and goodness knows what else, all of these things are related to the loss of biodiversity. So we have to find a way this time to put nature back at the centre.’
The full interview is being broadcast on Sky News today.
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