Prince Charles has spoken about missing his loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic and being unable to hug his family.
In an interview with Sky News, the royal said that being disconnected from his family has been "terribly sad, let alone one's friends".
The Prince of Wales, who tested positive for the virus in March, opened up about how the crisis has affected him personally.
"Fortunately at least you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing," he said. "But it isn't the same, is it? You really want to give people a hug.
"I do totally understand so many people's frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish."
Speaking about using video calls to keep in touch with members of the family, he mentioned his father Prince Philip's upcoming birthday.
"I haven't seen my father for a long time," he said. "He's going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I've been doing the Facetime, is all very well but…."
Prince Charles told Sky News how the last two months had been "an unbelievably testing and challenging time" for the country.
He added: "I know that so many people have had the agony of losing their loved ones and the bewilderment and anxiety that surrounds everything.
"We've seen at the same time people being quite remarkable and wonderful people in the National Health Service and all the other key workers who kept everything going."
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