Prince Charles has opened up about his father and how he has fared during the coronavirus lockdown.
Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been isolating in lockdown together at Clarence House, while the Prince's parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh have been quaranting at Windsor Castle.
This means that no-one in the wider family has seen the Queen or Prince Philip, who is about to turn 99 on June 10, and has battled ill-health recently.
Giving a rare personal insight into their family to Sky News, Prince Charles said, “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, it’s all very well but…”
Prince Philip leaving hospital in December
Responding to how he has been feeling while being disconnected from his family, the heir apparent added, “Well it’s terribly sad, let alone one’s friends.
“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 just want to give people a hug.”
Prince Charles’ eldest son Prince William has been spending lockdown with his wife Duchess Catherine and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk.
His youngest son Prince Harry moved to a new Los Angeles home with wife Duchess Meghan Markle and their son Archie Harrison just before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prince of Wales, who previously tested positive for the coronavirus, also revealed that he felt “lucky” to get “away with it quite lightly”.
Prince Charles added that he hoped people would now have a better understanding about what is important in life saying, “I do totally understand so many people’s frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish.
"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.”