Royal Covid: Prince Charles takes the high road

The news that Prince Charles has tested positively, and thankfully has only minor symptoms, must have prompted much amusement. How on earth would his valet help him on with his jacket from two metres away? How would he cope self-isolating with only a handful of servants to assist? Who would do the shopping? How would he decide which of his residences to self – or small group – isolate in?

Apparently, the prince was due to take up residence, by means of a private flight, at the delightful Birkhall around this time anyway (the gardens are especially fine though it is unfortunately too early for the roses to be in bloom) but the sight of Royals descending on the Highlands has inevitably provoked some unfavourable comment. In the circumstances, I thought Nicola Sturgeon was commendably restrained in her own comments.

Not so amusing is the story today of 36-year-old Kayla Williams, a mother of three, dying in her London flat of suspected Covid-19 after being informed by paramedics she was not a priority for hospital admission. Her body was quickly removed in a sealed bag, and her husband has heard nothing since.

There will always be different rules for the rich, the great and the good – and the poor. This was even true during the Blitz, when the best London hotels and restaurants continued to lay on extravagant feasts for their wealthy clients while ordinary people queued for their rations. But one can’t help feeling that if it all goes horribly wrong planning-wise in the coming weeks, with ordinary hardworking people unable to access the NHS when they most need it, and basically left to die, there will be all hell to pay for our global governing class. No amount of ‘greatest peacetime crisis’ talk will save them. As for the new politics that will be ushered in, we can only guess.   

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9 Comments on Royal Covid: Prince Charles takes the high road

  1. Is this an extract from the Grauniad perhaps, or the Indescribable. For my part my work will carry on as always. I’ll continue to evict my tenants on the end of a pitchfork, spit on all I pass in the street, use my horseless carriage as oft as I feel fit and thrash any of my labourers who fail to turn up to put in a full day’s work in my factories. My company shops will continue to sell whatever can be obtained from the skips at the back of supermarkets whatever they may be and in this time of plague, may God help you all to Kingdom Come!

  2. Yes, but wasn’t it so reassuring to be told that he was “working” from one of his many homes, even though that left us wondering what this “work” he does actually is?

    • I watched a documentary years ago in which Prince Charles was writing a thank you letter from his writing desk in Sandringham, his travel bag at his feet, ready I imagine to travel on to his writing desk in Balmoral for another thank you letter, then Highgrove for another, then Clarence House, and so on. I rather like this imperial monarchy in the grand manner because it is a way of keeping the past alive. If only we could commercialise it by selling tickets to social climbing Americans, Russians and Chinese (£10,000 to watch the Prince having breakfast etc), it would work wonders for the balance of payments.

    • You must be pretty ignorant and prejudiced to have no idea of all the work done by Prince Charles. Why bother to read this crap on SR when one can read similar drivel in “The Guardian”?

      • I’m sure Prince Charles works very hard indeed, as do his staff and the officers of Special Branch. If he can raise people’s spirits, that’s great. The point is that other people work very hard too and, in the case of Kayla Williams, deserve better. One does not need to be a Guardianista to observe this.