Prince Charles has made his first public appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 and has spoken about his  “strange, frustrating and often distressing experience.”

“Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus – luckily with relatively mild symptoms – I now find myself on the other side of the illness, but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation,” the Prince of Wales said in a video on his official Clarence House social media channel.

“As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed,” he said.

“At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness.”

Charles was allowed to leave isolation on Monday after testing positive for the virus seven days before.

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His video message was recorded on Tuesday.