Princess Anne said the Covid lockdown robbed her father Prince Philip of social interactions before his death in a rare glimpse of the royals’ view on the pandemic’s restrictions. The Mail has more.
The Princess Royal revealed her thoughts around the toll the social distancing rules had on her family and others during an interview with Canadian public broadcaster CBC, released just five days before the King’s Coronation.
She said lost conversations would have kept Prince Philip “interested”, adding that the “switch to online” didn’t work for everyone.
“Covid stole from my father, who lost a lot of the people who would have gone to see him and come and talk to him and have those conversations that would have kept him interested. He lost all of that,” she said.
“I’m sure that there are lots of families who will tell you the same thing. For the older generation, losing those contacts – online didn’t do that for everybody.”
The Princess Royal also spoke with sadness about the defining image of her mother alone in grief at Prince Philip’s funeral, amid pandemic social-distancing rules.
Asked if this was a “thievery”, she said: “Yes, you’re quite right. In some ways I’m glad we didn’t see that, at that moment. When you see the photograph it’s much worse somehow.”
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