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Prince Charles Reflects on Missing His Father, Philip, and Grandchildren During the Pandemic

In a rare interview with Sky News for the program After The Pandemic: Our New World, Prince Charles is opening about the isolation he has felt throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked by the network's royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills about "how this remains a challenging time for many people as they miss their relatives," the Prince of Wales noted how he hasn't seen his father, Prince Philip, who turns 99 next week, in "a long time."

“Well I haven’t seen my father for a long time. He’s going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I’ve been doing the Facetime, is all very well but….” he said, noting that technology has made communication possible, but it isn't the same as in-person interactions.

“It’s terribly sad,” he continued, reflecting on how he's missing both friends and family, "but fortunately at least you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing. But it isn’t the same is it. You really want to give people a hug.”

He also spoke of hope that a new normal—one that will allow people to hug their friends and relatives—is coming soon.

“I do totally understand so many people’s frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish and I mean I’m just trying to do my best to find and help and encourage ways to enable people to go on doing that, but in a way that doesn’t wreck everything at the same time around us.”

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