On April 17, the Duke of Cambridge and Duchess Kate spoke to BBC Breakfast in a rare interview. The conversation touched on topics such as mental health in the pandemic, parenting and home-schooling Prince George and Princess Charlotte, working from home and the future King's positive test for the coronavirus, from which he's since healed.
"I have to admit, at first I was quite concerned - he fits the profile of somebody, at the age he is at, which is fairly risky," William said when he heard about his 71-year-old father's diagnosis. "My father has had many chest infections, colds and things like that over the years. And so, I thought to myself, 'If anybody is going to be able to beat this, it's going to be him.'"
Luckily, Charles only had mild symptoms while he was fighting off the illness. He spent the time at the Birkhall home he and Duchess Camilla share on the Royal Family's Balmoral estate in Scotland. The Duchess of Cornwall tested negative for COVID-19 and isolated separately from her husband.
"I think the hardest thing he found was having to stop," William said of his father's recovery. "And not being able to go and get a bit of fresh air and a walk."
Charles is known for his love of nature and has spoken at length through his life about how important the countryside and green spaces are to him. He's an avid conservationist and his love of the environment is one of his biggest driving forces. So being inside and not being able to leave was hard on him, his eldest son said.
"He's a mad walker and he just loves walking, so I think he found it quite difficult," William shared. "Especially, also I think with his mental health, being stuck inside and not being able to go for walks."
William and Kate encouraged viewers of their interview to take their mental health seriously during this time, with the duke saying he worries many people will not due so out of concern the health system is overloaded.
"If we are going to go forward with more time spent in lockdown, then there is going to be an ever-increasing need for people to look after their mental health and take it seriously and also know where to go to get the support they might need," he emphasized.
As of this writing, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine says there have been more than 2.2 million cases of COVID-19 in 185 countries and regions. Nearly 110,000 of those cases have been in the United Kingdom. The illness has caused more than 149,000 deaths worldwide, and nearly 561,000 people have recovered so far.