Like everyone at the moment, the royal family is sailing towards the new normal brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. They fear that older family members (such as the Queen and Prince Charles) will contract the virus; they settle down to work from home; and do their best to educate their children at home because the schools remain closed.
The royal family certainly has privileges that many people do not have, in particular the queen’s close relatives would have all escaped to London for their second home in the country. But they are also responsible for boosting the morale of a nation and continuing to prove their worth and relevance, even if the performance of their essential tasks has been made impossible by the demands of social distancing.
Here, we examine how members of the royal family manage the coronavirus, from William’s reaction to the diagnosis of Prince Charles to the Queen’s historical speech.
Prince Charles’ diagnosis
The crisis hit the royal family very early on. Just days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the foreclosure of the United Kingdom, Clarence House confirmed that Prince Charles had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms.
He and Camilla received NHS tests at their home in Scotland on the Balmoral estate; Camilla gave a negative result and the two members of the royal family entered a period of isolation.
Although there was a question about how Charles and Camilla were tested, since he only had mild symptoms. Clarence House noted that the two members of the royal family “met the criteria for the tests.”
The chief medical officer of Scotland also issued a statement on their tests, which reads as follows:
“Dr. Catherine Calderwood, chief medical officer of Scotland, has confirmed that Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have been tested for Covid-19 for clinical reasons. She is very happy to confirm that the two remain in good health. “
Prince Charles is said to have remained in “good humor” during his illness. But Prince William was “very concerned” about his father at first.
“First I have to admit that I was very worried,” said William, when asked about his father’s diagnosis in a recent BBC interview. “He fits the profile of someone his age, which is quite risky, so I was a little worried. (Watch this full interview here.)
But Prince Charles seems to have fully recovered from the disease. On March 30, Clarence House confirmed that the Prince of Wales had left solitary confinement. And although Camilla remained isolated for a few more days, as recommended by her doctor, they have since met, and have both returned to work, although at home.
Work at home
These days, it’s anything but the status quo for the royal family. Their typical to-do list – visiting charities, opening bridges and welcoming the public – is strictly prohibited given current recommendations for social distancing, so they get creative with the way they connect with the public and the causes they support during their work. House.
William and Kate have made supporting essential workers their “top priority” in the coming months by supporting the new Our Frontline platform, a mental health resource for those on the front line of the coronavirus campaign. They also expressed a public service announcement on the disease and wrote messages of hope and gratitude to their customers, thanking those on the front lines of the disease for their efforts.
Prince Philip also recently released a rare public statement thanking essential workers “who keep the infrastructure of our lives going,” including those in the food and service industries, letter carriers and women and people. who work in waste management.
Leave it to the royal family to find a way to open buildings as well. Just days after leaving self-isolation for his diagnosis of COVID-19, Prince Charles helped mark the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital, a conference center in London that has been converted into a temporary medical facility, with a video call. William and Camilla have since followed suit and participated in similar ceremonies.
And they use video conferencing platforms like Zoom to conduct interviews and meetings with charities without ever leaving home.
Fortunately for curious royal observers, these virtual meetings offer a glimpse of their private residences. See some of these photos below:
In addition to supporting causes that are now more important than ever, the royal family is responsible for helping to boost public morale during a crisis. During the coronavirus pandemic, this means participating in campaigns like #clapforourcarers, sharing photos of how they manage social distancing (see the adorable rainbow birthday portraits of Prince Louis), and participating in Fundraising efforts like Comic Relief’s The Big Night In, even if it means Prince William is the subject of more than a few jokes.
Look at this sketch below:
Queen’s historic speech
After issuing a statement promising that the public could “be assured my family and I are ready to play our part,” the Queen delivered a speech at Windsor Castle, reassuring her people about the coronavirus crisis.
The British monarch’s “deeply personal” address marked only the fifth time that she spoke directly to the public on a television program outside of her annual Christmas speeches.
Watch the full speech, which ended with the poignant message “We will see each other”, in full below, or read the transcript here.
Coping with everyday life in a crisis
It’s hard to say that members of the royal family are truly “like us”, but they are dealing with some the same struggles and money liners as everyone in this difficult time. For example, when Prince Charles was diagnosed with COVID-19, he spent at least part of his forties watching funny videos on the Internet.
“We have seen the best use of technology,” he writes in the new issue of Country life magazine, “Allowing people to keep working, but also stay connected through virtual parties, games, songs – and some of the funniest videos I’ve seen in a long time!” “
Like many parents, William and Kate are also educating their two older children at the moment, an experience Kate described as “difficult” in a recent BBC interview.
“Children have such endurance,” said Kate, sharing what a typical day at home looks like right now. “You pitch a tent, take it down again, cook, cook. You’re coming to the end of the day – they had a great time, but it’s amazing how crowded you can be in a day, that’s for sure. “
She and William also shared that the children stay in touch with other family members via video calls.
“It’s getting a little hectic, I’m not going to lie. With a two-year-old child, you have to remove the phone, ”said Kate. (Apparently Louis likes to hang up before the call ends!) “But it’s nice to keep in touch with everyone. “