The Prince of Wales has spoken for the first time on his recent battle with Coronavirus admitting that he “got away with it quite lightly” and that he was “lucky.” Speaking to Sky News, Prince Charles expressed his sympathy with those who had lost friends or family during the COVID-19 pandemic adding “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.”
Prince Charles recovered from Coronavirus back in April and spent seven days in quarantine at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate. The Duchess of Cornwall was tested for the virus but the results were negative.
In the interview, Prince Charles said that his battle with Coronavirus has made him more determined to “push and shout and prod” as he called for nature to return to the “centre of our economy.” He said, “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 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.”
Prince Charles is calling this plea for nature to return to the centre of the economy the ‘Great Reset’.
The Prince of Wales has long been an advocate for the environment and as he once said in another interview, he has been “banging on” about the environment for more than four decades. In this interview, the Prince expresses the urgency for everyone to concentrate their mind and for those tasked with restoring shattered economies, they will have to grapple with trade-offs around environmental protection and quickly getting people back into jobs.
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