Prince Charles, 71, ‘fit to be King’ as continues work during coronavirus crisis

Prince Charles is still working amid the coronavirus pandemic despite being in the “high risk” category of the disease.

A royal source has told the Press Association that the Prince of Wales, 71, is “operating as close to business as usual as possible”.

He has been seen carrying out a string of engagements in recent days despite the virus spreading across the UK.

The Prince has, however, been using the social distancing measures urged by the government and ditching his usual handshakes.

Instead he has been offering his guests during visits a namaste gesture – joining his palms together and bowing his head.

Among the engagements he has been carrying out are investitures, the Prince’s Trust Awards and a dinner in aid of the Australian Bushfire Appeal.

But fears were raised yesterday when it emerged Prince Albert of Monaco – who was among the guests at a WaterAid summit Charles attended last week – tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the event took place nine days ago, and Charles was not believed to have been in close contact with the Monaco royal.

When asked if Charles was continuing to work, after the Queen fled Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle yesterday to go into isolation, a source said Charles’ team at Clarence House are now working mostly remotely.

They told PA that the royal household has set up a virtual, digital office, adding: "The prince is operating as close to business as usual as possible at the moment."

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Royal expert Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, told Daily Star Online the decision to carry on working shows Charles is "fit to be King".

He said: "Although Prince Charles has drastically changed how he goes about his work, he continues to be busy behind closed door, setting up a virtual office with his team.

"Charles knows that there is still work to be done, and he is setting an example to others by working from home, as is the official government advice.

"His commitment to his work without any fanfare demonstrates that he is fit to become King."

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The Queen and Prince Charles both fit into the “high risk” category of the Covid-19 disease, which includes the elderly over 70 and people with underlying health conditions.

The virus has already forces Charles and Camilla to cancel their royal tour of Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan this week on the advice of the government.

And Buckingham Palace this week announced that all royal engagements involving mass gatherings are now being cancelled.

Yesterday saw the Queen issue a rallying call to the nation to “work as one” amid the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 104 people in the UK.

She said: “At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.”

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