On Monday, Prince Charles spoke out for the first time about his diagnosis of testing positive for the coronavirus since last week.

Prince Charles discussed for the first time in a video message from his Scottish home, Birkhall, where he has been staying amid the coronavirus pandemic with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In the video, the prince and heir to the throne spoke about his personal experience with his positive coronavirus diagnosis and shared solidarity with others finding it hard to cope with the enforced isolation from relatives and friends.

After suffering mild symptoms for about a week, the Prince stated:

“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. 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. 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’s coronavirus diagnosis was revealed last week. He was tested last Monday and results became known the following day. Tests found that his 72-year-old wife did not have the virus, and both moved to self-isolate from each other and staffers at Birkhall.