Prince Charles, 71, named hardest working royal in lockdown despite his own battle with coronavirus

PRINCE Charles has today been named the hardest working royal in lockdown.

The Prince of Wales, 71, managed to wrack up 69 engagements since March 23 – despite isolating for two weeks after being diagnosed with the deadly bug himself.

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The Duke of Cornwall quarantined in Scotland – losing his sense of taste and smell from the bug – later saying it had made him more determined to "push and shout and prod" over issues he was passionate about.

The future king was then followed by his son Prince William, 38, who conducted 65 engagements with the 94-year-old Queen managing to attend 54 engagements while in lockdown at Windsor.

While much of royal work consists of visiting charities and heading to parts of the UK, the members of the Royal Family have embraced Zoom calls to stay in touch.

The Queen in particular has embraced technology, chatting with four carers and the trust's chief executive Gareth Howells on June 4 from Windsor Castle on a video call.

She also knighted Sir Thomas Moore in a socially distanced ceremony.

According to's analysis of the Court Circular, which keeps track of the royal's engagements, Prince Philip, 99, has even stepped up during the unprecedented times.

As the pandemic first unfolded, the retired royal released a statement praising the work of key workers.

The Duke of Edinburgh also performed his first royal engagement in three years – thanked for his 67 years of support for The Rifles as he passed his role onto Camilla.

Royals put in the hard yards during coronavirus

It's been an unprecedented few months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And in times of strife, many look to the Royal Family for continuity and solidarity.

So who has been the hardest working member of the firm since lockdown hit on March 23 until July 31?

  • Prince Charles – 69 engagements
  • Prince William – 65 engagements
  • The Queen – 54 engagements
  • Princess Anne – 47 engagements
  • Sophie, the Countess of Wessex – 36
  • Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex – 35
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge – 34
  • Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester – 34
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – 31
  • Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester – 19
  • Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent 10

Just yesterday, Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 38, stepped out to visit Nessa's arcade on Barry Island.

The couple, who had been performing calls and video chats with charity workers during the strict lockdown period, headed out on one of their first in-person engagement at the Welsh resort.

Kate also worked alongside a volunteer gardener, staff and two families to help create a new garden design for a large patio area to mark the end of Children's Hospice Week.

During the pandemic, a number of the regular royal events have had to be cancelled or postponed.

The Queen enjoyed a stripped back, socially distant Trooping the Colour to mark her birthday while garden parties at Buckingham Palace were cancelled.

Her Majesty is now at Balmoral in Scotland with husband Philip after spending four months isolating at Windsor.

The past few months haven't been without drama for the Royal Family however.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially stepped down from their roles in March, just before the lockdown unfolded and moved to LA.

The couple are now locked in a court battle with the publishers of the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter the duchess sent to her estranged father.

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