Prince Charles has taken a moment from his cloistered royal life to urge backbreaking toil for Brits who have been left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. Not that he ever had a real job.
The 71-year-old royal has adopted the “Pick for Britain” campaign – a website created for those without jobs to sign up to work for agricultural businesses that need laborers for the backbreaking job of picking fruits and vegetables.
Charles admitted the back-breaking job “unglamorous,” but called it “vital” to keep the country fed amid the pandemic.
“It will be hard graft but is hugely important if we are to avoid the growing crops going to waste,” he said.
Charles, next in line to the British throne, insisted it will take “an army” to make sure fruits and vegetables don’t go to waste.
“At this time of great uncertainty, many of our normal routines and regular patterns of life are being challenged,” he said in a video message. “The food and farming sector is no exception.”
It was exactly King George VI’s historic address to the nation during World War II, but apparently every generation gets the monarch it deserves.
“If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help,” the Prince extorted. “Food does not happen by magic; it all begins with our remarkable farmers and growers.
“If the last few weeks have proved anything, it is that food is precious and valued, and it cannot be taken for granted.”
You know, sort of like the royal family often is..
“This is why that great movement of the Second World War – the Land Army – is being rediscovered in the newly-created ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign. In the coming months, many thousands of people will be needed to bring in the crops.”
The harvest in Britain runs until the early Autumn.
The royal was drawn to the ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign his concern that COVID-19 could “destroy” the British cheese industry.
Who knew the UK had one?
He’s been patron of the Specialty Cheesemakers Association since 1993, and is passionate about supporting local cheeses.
“One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food. It is, therefore, deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese!” he wrote in a post shared on the Clarence House Instagram page.
The royal battled a mild case of coronavirus himself and has since recovered.