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Prince Charles, who is heir to the throne, tested positive for coronavirus in March, at the start of the nationwide lockdown. But the senior royal recovered from the virus fairly quickly, and the 71-year-old has revealed he believes he “got away with it quite lightly”. Now, as the world’s death toll from COVID-19 nears 400,000, the Prince of Wales has warned we could face similar threats in the future.
Speaking to Sky News, Prince Charles spoke openly about his health and his experience of contracting the coronavirus.
He said: “It makes me even more determined to push and shout and prod if you see what I mean. Whatever I can do behind the scenes sometimes.
“I suppose it did partly, I mean I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly.
As a result the Prince of Wales has refocused his efforts on tackling climate change, as he urged the world to “put nature back at the centre”.
He said: “The more we erode the natural world, the more we destroy what’s called biodiversity, which is the immense diversity of life, plant life, tree life, everything else. Marine life.
“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.”
He dubbed the coronavirus crisis as “the Great Reset” and hopes that something good could come from the pandemic.
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Speaking from Birkhall, his home in Scotland where he has been living with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall since lockdown began, the Prince of Wales urges the world to treat the planet as if it were a sick patient – and prioritise climate change.
He said: “It’s one of the reasons that I tried to get the point across that we should have been treating the planet as if it was a patient long ago.
“So no self-respecting doctor would ever have let the situation, if the planet is a patient, reach this stage before making an intervention.
“I think we’re slightly paying the price as a result.”
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Prince Charles is not the only one to have tried to refocus the public’s efforts on climate change, with Sir David Attenborough warning the coronavirus pandemic has cause the issue to be “swept off the front pages”.
The 94-year-old broadcaster has called for a renewed focus on the matter and he hopes that when nations emerge from the pandemic, they will seek a cooperative approach to tackling climate change.
Speaking on the So Hot Right Now podcast, which focuses on nature and the climate, Sir David said: “The trouble is that right now the climate issue is also seen as being rather in the distant future because we’ve got the virus to think about.
“And so what are the papers full of? The virus. Quite right, that’s what I want to know about, too.
“But we have to make sure that this issue, which was coming to the boil with the next COP meeting in Glasgow, has suddenly been swept off the front pages. And we’ve got to get it back there.”
He added: “What the result of coronavirus is going to be I don’t know.
“But I’m beginning to get a feeling that for the first time the nations of the world are beginning to see that survival depends on co-operation.
“If that happens, that’s going to be a first in human history.”
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