Prince Charles has recovered after testing positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
He’s since come out of self-isolation after the government-advised seven day period.
The Prince of Wales shared a video message expressing gratitude and support to those on the frontline of the virus.
“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,” the Prince 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.”
“My wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances and those having to endure sickness, isolation, and loneliness,” he added.
Prince Charles noted that he is the patron of Age UK, and his wife is patron of Silver Line — two charities supporting the UK’s elderly community.
“Our hearts go out to all those older people throughout this country who are now experiencing great difficulty,” he said. “However, we also know that in every community up and down this land where people of all ages are being affected by this virus, there are truly wonderful neighbours, individuals, and groups of volunteers who are providing ceaseless care and attention to those most at risk.”
He called the UK’s community-spirited efforts a “network of selfless assistance.”
Prince Charles then paid tribute to NHS staff on the frontline of the national effort to stop the spread of the virus.
“At a time when doctors, nurses and all the vital ancillary staff that form the backbone of our remarkable NHS are increasingly under such enormous strain and risk as they battle to heroically save lives in intensive care centres and to contain as much as possible the spread of this virus, our thoughts and prayers are very much with those marvellous people,” he said.
He then addressed the nation as a whole and delivered a message of hope in these challenging times.
“As a nation, we are faced by a profoundly challenging situation, which we are only too aware threatens the livelihoods, businesses, and welfare of millions of our fellow citizens,” the Prince concluded.
“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 and each other, look forward to better times to come.”