Princes Charles makes heartbreaking admission about his father Prince Philip

The Prince of Wales has concerns about his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, amid the global pandemic

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
Prince Charles makes a heartbreaking admission about Prince Philip
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Prince Charles has found it hard being separated from his family during lockdown - especially his father, Prince Philip. 

Like most of us, Prince Charles was unable to see his father and other members of his close family at Christmas due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And not seeing his family is weighing heavy on the Prince. 

While the heir would usually spend the festive season with his mother and father at Sandringham, plans changed when the Queen and Prince Philip broke tradition by announcing they'd be staying at Windsor Castle for the first time in 32 years.

This change meant Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla remained at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire for the Christmas period - meaning another milestone spent without his family.

The heir apparent revealed to Sky News that one of the parts of lockdown that he’s found so difficult is not seeing his family, particularly his father, Prince Philip, and his four grandchildren.

The Duke of Rothesay and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have been isolating in lockdown together in their Clarence House residence, while the Prince parents, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have been spending lockdown in Windsor Castle.

Giving a rare personal insight into their family just weeks before Prince Philip turned 99, Prince Charles said, "Well I haven't seen my father for a long time.

"He's going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I've been doing the Facetime, it's all very well but…"

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Prince Charles misses spending time with his family 

Responding to how he has been feeling while being disconnected from his family, the Prince Charles added, "Well it's terribly sad, let alone one's friends.

"But fortunately at least you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing. But it isn't the same, is it? You really just want to give people a hug."

Prince Charles’ eldest son Prince William has been spending lockdown with his wife Duchess Catherine and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, while his youngest son Prince Harry has been isolating in his new Los Angeles home with wife Duchess Meghan Markle and their son Master Archie Harrison.

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Prince Charles is close with his grandchildren

The Prince of Wales, who previously tested positive for the virus, also revealed that he felt “lucky” to get “away with it quite lightly".

Prince Charles also acknowledged that he thinks the coronavirus pandemic has made people think more about what matters in life, adding, "I do totally understand so many people's frustrations, difficulties, grief and anguish and I mean I'm just trying to do my best to find and help and encourage ways to enable people to go on doing that, but in a way that doesn't wreck everything at the same time around us."