Prince Charles Spurred To Action After Bout With COVID-19

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020 Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum. Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP


Britain’s Prince Charles spoke of his experience of coronavirus, saying he was fortunate to have only mild symptoms and that he hopes the pandemic will refocus efforts on the environment.

“I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly,” the 71-year-old heir to the throne told Sky News television in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

“I can so understand what other people have gone through. I feel particularly for those who’ve lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time.

“That’s to me the most ghastly thing,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son contracted COVID-19 in March and has spent his isolation and recovery at the monarch’s sprawling Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland.

His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, did not contract the virus, and self-isolated separately in case she developed symptoms.

The couple were seen last month at Balmoral, laying a wreath to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

He called the outbreak, which has officially claimed more than 40,000 lives in Britain “an unbelievably testing and challenging time”, which has forced people to reassess their lives.

Charles, a long-time campaigner on the environment, said his experience had made him even more determined to champion the cause, to improve life for everyone around the world.

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He said it was important to put “nature at the centre of everything”, warning that by destroying the environment, the risks to life increased.

“We should have been treating the planet as if it was a patient long ago,” he said.

“So, no self-respecting doctor would ever have let the situation… reach this stage before making an intervention hence the precautionary principle, which seems to me absolutely essential.”


Anthony Joshua In Self-isolation After Meeting Prince Charles

British boxer Anthony Joshua speaks during the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 09, 2020. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP


World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has placed himself in self-isolation following a meeting with coronavirus victim Prince Charles.

Chales, the eldest son and heir to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland, officials said on Wednesday.

It remains unclear when Charles caught the illness but on March 9, he spent the day with the Queen, prime minister Boris Johnson and stars of sport and entertainment — including Joshua — at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

A spokesman for Joshua told the Daily Mail: “AJ is at home following government guidelines, he is fit and well. He wishes everyone affected a speedy recovery and a huge thank you to all the front line key workers.”

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Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

But the coronavirus could delay that bout and push back a hugely anticipated all-British fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury until next year at the earliest.

In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, Joshua thanked all those involved in trying to combat the coronavirus by saying: “It’s humbling to see people giving their everything right now to keep us safe. Shout to everyone on the front-line.

“We see you, we appreciate you, we thank you and we’re in awe of you!”


Prince Charles, Other Celebrities Hit By Coronavirus

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020 Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum.  Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP


Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has joined the growing list of world celebrities who have been hit by the novel coronavirus.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also said Tuesday it was “extremely likely” that she had contracted it.

Here is a roundup:


Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango, 86, on Tuesday, became one of the first global stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, also died Tuesday aged 81, following coronavirus complications.

Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabele, known as the “King of Soukous”, a high-tempo modern variant of Congolese rumba, died in Paris last week, aged 67.

Spanish opera star Placido Domingo said Sunday he had tested positive, adding he was “in good health”.

Fallen Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in prison in New York state after being sentenced to 23 years for rape and sexual assault, has also tested positive, US media reported on Sunday.

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, said on Monday they were doing better after nearly two weeks quarantine in Australia.

British actor Idris Elba said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the virus and gone into self-isolation.

Chilean author Luis Sepulveda, who lives in northern Spain, also has the virus and is in hospital. He felt the first symptoms on February 25.


Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive and is showing mild symptoms but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said Wednesday.

Swedish climate activist Thunberg said Tuesday it was “extremely likely” she had contracted the virus after experiencing symptoms following a trip to central Europe.

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive, although there are “no concerns for his health” the palace said on March 19.

Michel Barnier, who leads EU negotiations with Britain on Brexit, announced on March 19 that he had tested positive.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in isolation since March 13 after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive.

The first test result for German Chancellor Angela Merkel came back negative on Monday. Merkel began self-isolating on Sunday after being treated by a doctor who later tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday Finland said Nobel laureate and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, aged 82, has contracted the virus.


Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday aged 76, three days after being hospitalised with the coronavirus.

In Italy, several players at Juventus are infected, including France’s 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and Argentinian attacker Paulo Dybala.

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini and his footballer son Daniel announced they were positive Saturday.

In England, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive.

Turkish football icon Fatih Terim, manager of Istanbul giants Galatasaray, is also positive.

At least 14 players from the NBA have tested positive, including Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant and France’s Rudy Gobert of Utah Jazz.


Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020 Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum. Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP


Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Buckingham Palace.

The 71-year-old and his wife Camilla — who does not have COVID-19 — are currently self-isolating in Scotland, Clarence House said.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” it said in a statement, using his official title.

“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.

“The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) has also been tested but does not have the virus.

“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”

The couple were tested by the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland, it said.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” it added.

Queen Elizabeth II, 93, and her husband Prince Philip, 98, retired to Windsor Castle, outside London, on March 19.

They brought forward their Easter break by a week because of the coronavirus outbreak. Britain has more than 8,000 confirmed cases of the disease, and 422 people have died.



PHOTOS: Buhari Visits Prince Of Wales


President Buhari has visited the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

The President visited the monarch in Scotland.

This visit comes on the sidelines of the Uk-Africa Summit.

Below are some photos from the meeting between the President and the Prince.

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Prince Philip ‘Being Looked After Very Well,’ Says Charles


Prince Philip, centre, leaves after the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Gareth Fuller/pool photo via AP)


Britain’s Prince Philip is being looked after “very well”, his son Prince Charles said Monday after the elderly royal spent a third night in hospital for treatment for a pre-existing condition.

“He’s being looked after very well in hospital. At the moment that’s all we know,” Charles told a reporter when asked about his father’s health during a visit in northern England.

Philip, the 98-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was admitted to London’s King Edward VII hospital on Friday.

Buckingham Palace said it was for “observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition”, adding that it was a “precautionary measure”.

The Duke of Edinburgh was reportedly flown there by helicopter from the royal Sandringham estate in eastern England, where he has been based since retiring from public duties in 2017.

The 93-year-old queen did not alter her plans, travelling by train on Friday from London to Sandringham, where she hosts the royals for Christmas each year.

She attended church as usual on Sunday, accompanied by her son Prince Edward and his family.

The duke has long been an advocate of eating well and keeping fit, but has had a number of health issues as he advances in age.

The Sun tabloid reported that Philip has suffered a month of ill-health, including a “bad fall” which left him confined to bed for a couple of days.

In recent years, he has been admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery, while he is also reported to suffer from arthritis in his right wrist.

In January, the duke was involved in a car crash near Sandringham. He pulled out onto a main road, hitting another car and flipping his Land Rover.

A woman in the other car broke her wrist, for which Philip apologised. He subsequently gave up his driving licence, but faced no further action.


Anthony Joshua Receives OBE Award From Prince Charles

Anthony Joshua shares a photo after he was awarded an OBE. (Source: @anthonyfjoshua)

Heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for his contribution to sports. 

The 29-year-old who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles was given the award by Prince Charles at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace, on Thursday.

Prior to this, Joshua was previously awarded an MBE back in 2013 for his success at the London 2012 Olympics where he won gold in the heavyweight boxing.

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He took to his Instagram and Twitter pages to share a photo from the ceremony.

Back in September, Joshua retained his heavyweight title when he took on Alexander Povetkin.

He’s currently taking a short break from boxing before he heads back to the ring with a new opponent at Wembley, though it’s not been announced who that will be.

Britain’s Prince Charles Celebrates 70th Birthday

A handout picture taken on September 5, 2018 and released by Clarence House on November 13, 2018 shows Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales holding (bottom L) Prince George posing for an official portrait to mark his 70th birthday with (top L-R) Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge, Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with (bottom R) Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Charlotte.


Britain’s Prince Charles, who has been heir to the throne for more than six decades, celebrates his 70th birthday with a tea party and a banquet in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

In two official photographs released to mark the Prince of Wales’s milestone, Charles is shown surrounded by his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry and three grandchildren.

A fourth grandchild is on the way after Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, an American former TV actress, announced her pregnancy following the couple’s Windsor Castle wedding this year.

Charles is set to attend a tea party later on Wednesday with “inspirational people” who are also turning 70 this year.

In the evening, Queen Elizabeth II is holding a banquet which friends, family and European royals are expected to attend.

There will be gun salutes in London and lawmakers will voice their congratulations for the king-in-waiting in parliament.

The Twitter account for Clarence House, Charles’s official residence, featured flying balloons and a slideshow of pictures from throughout the prince’s life to mark the occasion.

Charles also edited an edition of Country Life to mark his birthday. The prince told the magazine about his fondness for red pheasant crumble pie and “groussaka” — a version of the Greek dish moussaka but with grouse instead of lamb.

He also said he allowed red squirrels, which are being pushed out by American grey squirrels in Britain, to run around his home on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The prince has spent a lifetime forging his own path during a record wait for the throne, overshadowed by public adulation for his mother.

He has battled a string of public relations headaches and accusations of being cold towards his first wife Diana as well as of interfering in political affairs.

Charles sees himself as a “dissident” working against the prevailing political consensus, according to his former spin doctor Mark Bolland.

The prince has been plagued by low self-esteem but has felt driven to do the right thing, Bolland said.

“The trouble is, there isn’t a job description so you have to rather make it up as you go along,” he said.

Charles has been outspoken on issues close to his heart, notably architecture, the environment, farming, faith and alternative medicine.

He has faced accusations that his “meddling” in public affairs would breach the political impartiality of a constitutional monarch.

But he told a BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday: “The idea, somehow, that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense.

“I’m not that stupid,” he said.

“You operate within the constitutional parameters.”


Royal Visit: Wike Alleges Neglect Of Niger Delta

Nyesom Wike


The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Federal Government of ignoring the Niger Delta Region in the schedule of visits by the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

According to him, the visit of the royal couple to Nigeria could have been another opportunity to bring the devastation in the region to the fore.

The Governor said this on Friday during a meeting with a group at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He described the Niger Delta as the bedrock of the nation’s economy which he says should not be ignored.

According to him, money generated from the region is what has been used to develop other parts of the country.

“They don’t want them to come here to see those who produce the wealth of the nation and see how they are suffering.

“They kept them in Abuja and Lagos. That is the country we are in. And then you say I should be happy.

“I produce the wealth, you use it to develop the other areas and the Prince of Wales will come and he won’t see how we are suffering here? He won’t see the people who are producing the wealth of the nation.

“It is our money that is used to develop Lagos. It is our money that is used to develop Abuja. But see where we are… Look at the traditional rulers that they brought, those who produce the wealth were kept at the back and you say we are one country,” Wike said.

Prince Charles Vows Not To Meddle As King

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception at Guildhall following a memorial service to mark the end of Britain’s combat operations in Afghanistan in central London on March 13, 2015.  TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP


Britain’s Prince Charles said on Wednesday he was not “stupid” enough to keep speaking out on contentious public issues once he becomes king in a rare interview about his future role.

The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II — formally known as the Prince of Wales — has long been seen as interfering because of his private lobbying of ministers and public statements on a range of subjects from architecture to the environment.

But he told the BBC in a documentary marking his 70th birthday next week that he did not intend to be a meddling king.

“I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So, of course, I understand entirely how that should operate,” he said.

He added when asked if his public campaigning would continue: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.”

British royals traditionally steer well clear of politics — something perfected by the 92-year-old queen since her coronation in 1953.

But Prince Charles has lobbied on a variety of issues, as shown in a series of letters between him and government ministers known as the “black spider” memos.

He is also known to hold particularly strong views on contemporary architectural design.

The prince used a keynote speech in 1976 to denounce a planned extension to the National Gallery in London as a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.

The planned design was scrapped.

The documentary provided a rare public glimpse into Prince Charles’s views about becoming king.

Generations of Britons have known no other monarch by Queen Elizabeth II — adored by the public for keeping her at times dysfunctional family whole and always staying above the political fray.

The Prince of Wales has not enjoyed the same public affection and the tabloids occasionally take shots at him for seeming distant and aloof.

Prince Charles said in his defence that he never directly meddled in party politics and understood the difference between his current role and the one he may eventually assume.

“You know, I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political, and I think it’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two,” he said.

“But the idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two — the two situations — are completely different.”


Prince Charles Honours Nigeria’s Fallen Heroes

Prince Charles Honours Nigeria’s Fallen Heroes
Prince of Wales, Charles, pays tribute to Nigeria’s fallen heroes at the National Cemetery in Abuja on November 8, 2018.


The Prince of Wales, Charles, has performed the laying of the wreath at the National Cemetery in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The ceremony which held on Thursday was in remembrance of the nation’s servicemen who died in the first and second World Wars.

It had in attendance the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali, as well as the service chiefs and top military officers in the country.

Since his arrival on Tuesday, Prince Charles has engaged in numerous activities both in Abuja and Lagos, in continuation of their three-day visit to Nigeria.

While in Lagos on Wednesday, he was at the Naval Dock Yard in Victoria Island, where he was honoured by the Nigerian Navy.

Prince Charles also met with the business and art communities in the South-western state.

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Prince Charles Visits Lagos, Thrills Many By Speaking ‘Pidgin’

Prince Charles


The Prince of Wales, Charles, better known for speaking the Queen’s English, however, turned to pidgin on Wednesday as he visited Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

“How you dey? (How are you?)” he asked assembled dignitaries, including former Heads of State, Presidential candidates, leading politicians, and stars from the world of fashion, music and the arts.

Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, who turns 70 this month and winds up a tour of The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria on Thursday, said he was pleased to be back in “Lasgidi” (Lagos).

“I find it hard to believe that nearly 30 years have passed since I first came to this city,” he added in a speech at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s residence.

“As they say, ‘God don butter my bread’ (God has blessed me),” he said, praising the city for its dynamism and energy.

Home to more than 20 million people and driver of the economy of Africa’s most populous nation – Lagos is a hub of innovation and industry.


Prince Charles Arrives In Lagos
President Buhari Receives Prince Charles, Duchess Of Cornwall In Aso Rock

Charles, whose Prince’s Trust has helped launch the careers of hundreds of thousands of young entrepreneurs, said both shared the same spirit of imagination and ingenuity.

“If life dey show you pepper, make pepper soup,” he said, which roughly translates to “life is what you make it”.