Prince Charles said he has been watching viral videos shared by Britons to help boost the country's morale amid the coronavirus crisis. The royal, who has been recovering at his home on the Balmoral estate after testing positive for the deadly virus revealed he had entertained himself by watching «some of the funniest videos» he had ever seen.
The Prince went on to praised the creators of these videos for lifting the spirits of the nation during this time of crisis.
Sharing his thoughts in the latest edition of Country Life Magazine, the future king wrote: «Beyond the walls of the hospitals, care homes, doctors' surgeries and pharmacies, we have also seen a heart-warming burgeoning of remarkable kindness and concern for those in need across the country.
«Younger people shopping for older folk, some making regular telephone calls to those living alone, church services recorded and emailed to parishioners and, of course, we have seen the very best use of technology – allowing people to keep working, but also to keep in touch through virtual parties, games, singing – and some of the funniest videos I have seen for a long time!»
In his piece, the Prince of Wales also paid tribute to the «crucial role» of home-grown producers.
He praised them for keeping the country fed amid the pandemic and urged the nation to remember that it owes its farmers – and all those in the food supply chain – an «enormous debt of gratitude».
He also said the coronavirus crisis had shown how we should never take food for granted.
The Duke of Cornwall paid tribute to farmers during a time of unprecedented upheaval.
He wrote: «When was the last time anyone gave the availability of a bottle of milk, or a loaf of bread, or fresh vegetables a second thought?
«Suddenly, these things are precious and valued. And this is how it always should be.
«Food does not happen by magic.
«If the past few weeks have proved anything, it is that we cannot take it for granted.»
The closure of cafes and restaurants have had a knock on effect on the farming industry.
Produce prices have collapsed as a result and dairy farmers have been forced to dump thousands of pints of milk.
Many fear being put out of business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The industry has also been hit by the restrictions on the movement of migrant workers.
This is also likely to affect the early spring fruit and vegetable harvests.
Charles noted that the UK has around 80,000 producers, ranging from the arable and vegetable farms of East Anglia to Scottish fishing villages, the dairy fields of Cornwall and Northern Ireland, and the orchards of Kent.
In a special message to the nation, Charles wrote: «What this national crisis has also brought home – dare I say it – is how much we rely on our agricultural community and all those in the food supply chain, from field to fork.
«The retailers have been doing an outstanding job responding to the unprecedented pressures, and so has the entire supply chain.
«The delivery drivers, shelf-stackers and all the others serving shoppers are providing an immensely important service in this time of great need.
«Of course, it all begins with our farmers.
«Day in and day out, they are working to produce food for us.
«And we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.»
The prince also reflected on the way the crisis has changed the way society behaved as it faced up to an unprecedented challenge.