No one’s buying the excuses for Charles ‘jumping the queue’ to get a coronavirus test

Prince Charles
Eliza Egret

Prince Charles flouted government lockdown rules and flew to Balmoral on Sunday, seemingly knowing that he was ill. He was tested for coronavirus (Covid-19) by NHS Scotland on Monday, and received his positive result on Tuesday.

Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, said that there were “very good reasons” why Charles and Camilla were both tested, even though Charles only has mild symptoms.

Sky News‘s Kay Burley grilled junior health minister Edward Argar, asking him why Charles “jumped the queue”:

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No one’s buying it

Argar insisted that Charles “met [the] criteria“. But the public isn’t buying it. Because it seems obvious that Charles’s privilege ensured that he got to ‘jump the queue’:

One rule for the rich, another for the poor

The Canary spoke to a frontline NHS hospital worker who didn’t want to be named. She told us that she’s “appalled” that Charles was tested for coronavirus. She continued:

I have not been tested for it, although a patient has died and many are being treated for the virus in our hospital. I have been told there is not the capacity for staff to be tested. Furthermore, I and my husband, who is over 70, have followed government advice rigidly, whereas the Royals have travelled from their mansion in London to another in Scotland within the last week! Equality!

The public is rightfully disgusted that Charles travelled while ill, potentially spreading the virus to the rural Highlands. He used his privilege to disregard the government’s lockdown rules, fleeing to his holiday home while millions of people are stuck in London.

#notapriority

Charles flew to Balmoral on the same weekend that 36-year-old Kayla Williams died at her home in Peckham. She had severe coronavirus symptoms but was told by a paramedic that she was “not a priority”:

She had three children, and she could have been saved.

Meanwhile, thousands of working-class people are putting their lives on the line, working in hospitals and supermarkets without proper protection. The rich hole up in their holiday homes and corporations are, once again, bailed out. We should all be outraged.

Featured image via Dan Marsh/Flickr

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    1. Maybe Highgrove Estate isn’t big enough for Charles to isolate himself in? At 900 acres (with 640 acres to the square mile), his gaff is almost one and a half square miles. That’s big enough to contain inside it all of the streets I use to go shopping in my small town. But I guess he just needed some space?

      The Balmoral Estate is 50, 000 acres, or 78 sq miles; nearly five times the size of Luton at 16.74 sq miles, and almost twice the size of Bristol at 40 sq miles. So Charles should find a few quiet spots there.

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