Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir to the British throne, has contracted the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday, adding that he had been suffering from mild symptoms since last weekend.
Medical advisers said that Charles was otherwise in good health and that they did not expect the virus to develop into a more serious illness, according to an official at the palace. But Charles, who is 71, met with the queen on March 12 ‚ÄĒ only a day before the advisers said it was possible that he became infectious with the virus.
The prince‚Äôs illness, and his potential exposure to the queen and other members of the royal family, rattled an already nervous Britain, which has seen the number of cases and deaths accelerate rapidly over the last few days, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put the country into a virtual lockdown....
"Prince Charles‚Äôs accession to the throne could trigger a national debate about the relationship between the Church of England and the state, providing a ‚Äúopportune moment‚ÄĚ to make the case for disestablishment, according to the National Secular Society.
Debate about whether an established, privileged ‚Äústate church‚ÄĚ is appropriate in an increasingly multi-faith and secular society is seen by many as off limits while the Queen remains monarch.
But a report to be published on Monday by the society says Charles‚Äôs coronation is likely to throw up pressing questions about the institutional links between church, monarchy and parliament.
The report, called Separating Church and State: The Case for Disestablishment, points out that only 25% of countries had a state religion in 2011 and, of those, a minority were classed as liberal democracies."
"It acknowledges Prince Charles‚Äôs reported wish to assume the title defender of faith, rather than ‚Äúthe faith‚ÄĚ. The traditional title ‚Äúwill be antagonistic for the non-Anglican majority of the UK population. On the other hand, attempting to avoid this difficulty by adopting the title ‚Äėdefender of faith‚Äô will antagonise many supporters of the Church of England,‚ÄĚ says the report." (theguardian.com)