Duchess of Cornwall back at work with Royal Voluntary Service after 14 days in self-isolation

Robert Jobson
Camilla is out of self-isolation

The Duchess of Cornwall is back at work with the Royal Voluntary Service after 14 days in self-isolation.

Camilla, who is President of the RVS, spoke with Doris Winfield, 85, from Rickmansworth, who has also spent the last two weeks self-isolating.

While Doris has three daughters who she regularly speaks to, she lives alone and misses her friends and the active social life she used to enjoy before the coronavirus outbreak.

Doris Winfield said: “Having a chat with the HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of weeks and it was wonderful to talk to her.

“We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies, she was very interested in my family and how I was coping without them. It’s really cheered me up!”

Camilla and Doris spoke about number of different topics, including how difficult it was being separated from family, but that being able to see them digitally helped enormously.

The Duchess said the most difficult thing about being in isolation was not being able to hug her grandchildren.

Camilla's husband the Prince of Wales, who had been diagnosed with coronavirus, is also out of self-isolation.

The Duchess and Doris also discussed reading and how much they both enjoyed a good book – particularly Agatha Christie.

Camilla, who has been President of Royal Voluntary Service in December 2012, also sent a message of thanks to all those who have volunteered to help the NHS at this time.

She said: “As the proud President of the Royal Voluntary Service, I wanted to send my warmest thanks to all the NHS Volunteer Responders who have come forward in unprecedented numbers to offer help to the NHS.

“Royal Voluntary Service has been working with the NHS to recruit people in England who can assist those who are most in need of practical and emotional support at this time.

“Thankfully, the charity has a long and remarkable history of bringing willing volunteers together with the isolated and lonely.

“That experience is needed more than ever in these challenging times. And today many more NHS Volunteer Responders will get in touch with the people they have so kindly offered to help,” she went on.

Camilla added: “Everyone working in the NHS is under unimaginable pressure day and night in this crisis. I feel sure that the presence of so many wonderful volunteers will encourage, as well as support, them. I salute each one of you - and thank you with all my heart.”