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Prince Charles issues surprising statement on how the coronavirus crisis changed the world

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The Prince of Wales is currently taking part in BBC Radio’s Rethink project. The project is looking at how the world could change after the coronavirus pandemic.

Charles will share his thoughts on the future of food production and the environment in two spoken essays via the airwaves on Friday.

He will praise the nation’s “dig for victory spirit” after people set about growing their own produce during the crisis.

This comes after he called for furloughed staff to take up a second job picking fruit.

This is to combat the farming crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Prince Charles is expected to issue a rather surprising statement on the BBC on the coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

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The Prince of Wales is currently taking part in BBC Radio’s Rethink project (Image: GETTY)

The prince suggests food shortages across the nation may have encouraged many to think about sustainable supplies for the first time and the pandemic could lead to a “transformation” of the country’s food and agricultural systems.

On BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, Charles will say: “It appears that most of us have given much more thought than perhaps has usually been the case to the story behind our food during Covid-19.

“Food availability was clearly an early issue; perhaps food shortages prompted many people to think for the very first time about whether they could depend on secure and reliable supplies of food in the post-Covid world?

“I was fascinated to hear that sales of vegetable seeds reached an all-time high as a ‘dig for victory spirit’ swept through the land and urban and country dwellers alike decided to requisition their gardens, allotments and window boxes to grow food in a way perhaps not seen since the Second World War.”

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Charles will share his thoughts on the future of food production and the environment in two spoken essays via the airwaves on Friday (Image: GETTY)

He will add: “So, with the explosion of interest in local food, in box schemes and online sales, could a transformation of our food and agricultural systems be one of the lasting legacies of this very challenging period in human history?”

He will also appear on the World Service’s Newsday programme to warn that nature must be put at the centre of the economy.

The prince, who has long been a passionate campaigner on green issues, will say: “As we rethink our world in the wake of the pandemic, it is increasingly clear that the health and wellbeing of people and planet are inextricably linked.”

Charles, a strong advocate fir protecting the environment is then expected to call for reforestation and a restoration of biodiversity.

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Charles will praise the nation’s ‘dig for victory spirit’ after people set about growing their own produce during the crisis (Image: GETTY )

Prince Charles

The prince suggests food shortages across the nation may have encouraged many to think about sustainable supplies for the first time (Image: GETTY)

“With so much opportunity in front of us, let us rethink our relationship with nature and reset for a better future. We have no time to waste,” he adds.

Each essay will also be available as a podcast, introduced by the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, on BBC Sounds.

The news comes amid news his annual income is expected to take a major cut.

The Prince of Wales’ annual income from the Duchy of Cornwall has risen by nearly three percent to £22.2 million.

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Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

However, this is expected to fall “by a significant amount” next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, accounts show.

In 2019-20, the prince’s annual private income from the hereditary estate rose by £617,000 – 2.9 percent – from £21,627,000 in 2018-19 to £22,244,000.

Charles uses his Duchy income to pay for his official duties, his London office and charitable work.

He also funds the public duties of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and some of William and Kate’s private costs.

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Charles said the pandemic could lead to a “transformation” of the country’s food and agricultural systems (Image: GETTY )

In the Duchy’s annual report published yesterday, Alastair Martin, the secretary and keeper of the records, predicted a major drop in income for Charles next year.

“The lockdown resulting from Covid-19 was only in place for one week of the financial year that this report covers,” he said.

“There is therefore very limited financial impact on these results.

“As to 2020-21, it is too early in the new financial year to be able to say with any confidence what the impact on our financial performance will be.

“But, despite having a particularly well-diversified asset base, we fully expect the revenue surplus to be down by a significant amount, in large part due to our trading enterprises being closed.”



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