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Prince Charles confession: Will future King RETIRE? Charles opens up

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall admitted they refuse to slow down despite their age, and have been visiting people, hospitals and companies up and down the country to thank them for their part in getting the country through the pandemic. The couple made a trip to an ASDA distribution centre earlier this week to meet workers who have been instrumental in keeping supplies running throughout the lockdown.

They met some of the 700 workers at the Bristol centre to thank them for working throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff have worked extra hours and different shift patterns, and had postponed holidays to cope with increased demand throughout the coronavirus crisis.

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall spoke with Richard Sigward, 74, a warehouse operator, who has been working for the supermarket for 17 years.

He told the couple that he refuses to retire – something that the duke and duchess agreed with him on.

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Mr Sigward said: “The Duchess was saying to me she definitely agrees that if people can work and are happy to do it, they should carry on.

“She said she refuses to retire herself. The Prince was the same.”

Prince Charles may be way passed retirement age being 71, but the Prince of Wales made it clear he’s not going anywhere just yet.

Given that his father Prince Philip did not retire until he was in his late 90s, it seems unlikely the Prince of Wales will be putting his feet up anytime soon.

The Prince of Wales has been preparing all his life for his eventual reign and has spent much of his royal life doing what royals do – representing the Crown and taking part in various charitable endeavours.

The Prince was struck down with COVID-19 back at the beginning of the lockdown, but managed to recover well and has not suffered some of the long-term symptoms other victims have.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have now resumed some in person engagements as lockdown comes to an end, and have made several other visits since lockdown regulations were loosened.

They have paid a visit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to thank key workers and hosted France’s President Emmanuel Macron at Clarence House last month.

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Earlier this week, Camilla made a trip to Swindon to meet firefighters to learn how emergency services personnel have had to adapt their services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, before joining her husband for the trip to Bristol.

Chris Tilly, 48, general manager of the ASDA distribution centre, said working during the pandemic had been “really, really challenging” and paid tribute to staff.

Mr Tilly said: “We’ve had a lot of support from colleagues right across the business working extra hours, extra shifts to keep the shelves filled for customers.

“I think it is fantastic that the Prince and Duchess have taken the time out to come to the distribution centre and meet colleagues.

“Every single colleague that they saw they thanked for what they had done during the last 14 weeks, which I was truly humbled by.

“They were really interested in what the colleagues did within Asda, how long they had worked for us and just wanted to know how they had been doing while working through the pandemic.”

The Prince and the Duchess unveiled a plaque to mark their visit and before departing, Charles told them: “Thank you, thank you very much everybody. You deserve a stiff drink after all this.”

Later in the day, Charles and Camilla also visited the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester to meet staff members, who during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, switched their entire production line to make scrubs for the NHS.

The couple have spent lockdown at their home on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland, where they took part in many virtual royal duties.

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