Prince William Opens Up About His Concern For Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles During COVID-19 Pandemic
Prince William and Kate Middleton appeared on the morning show BBC Breakfast on Friday. During their video call, the future king opened up about his concerns for the health of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and his father, Prince Charles, who recently recovered from COVID-19.
William said that when his father first received his diagnosis he was quite concerned because his dad’s age, 71, made him extremely vulnerable to the virus.
“He fits the profile of somebody — the age he is at, which is, you know, fairly risky. And so I was a little bit worried, but my father has had many chest infections, colds and things like that over the years. And so I thought to myself, if anybody’s going to be able to beat this it’s going to be him,” explained Prince William.
He also revealed that one of the hardest things about his father’s illness was the effect it had on his mental health. The Duke of Cambridge explained that his dad is a “mad walker,” so he found it “quite difficult” to stay inside and not go for walks or get some fresh air.
The 37-year-old prince also talked about how vulnerable Queen Elizabeth - who turns 94 this week - and 98-year-old Prince Philip are to the coronavirus. William’s grandparents are staying at Windsor Castle during the pandemic, and the prince says that he thinks very carefully about his grandparents.
William says that they are doing everything they can to make sure that his grandparents are isolated and protected from the virus. However, he admits that he is worried about more than just Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. He also worries about the mental health of all of the UK citizens who are vulnerable and high-risk and who might have to self-isolate for “quite some time.”
William is concerned about the impact that the isolation will have on those individuals and their families, and he pointed out that trauma comes in all sorts of shapes and forms. The Duke of Cambridge - who knows something about grief and trauma after tragically losing his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 15 - says that we can never know or be prepared for when trauma happens to us.
“People are going to feel angry, they’re going to feel confused; they’re going to feel scared. That is all normal feelings. And that is, unfortunately, all part of the grieving process,” said Prince William.