Just days after it was announced the British public could face a fine of £5,000 if they tried to leave the country to go on holiday, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, jetted off to Greece. The couple will spend two days in Athens and is the second royal overseas tour since the start of the pandemic. Speaking about the trip on Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid hit out at the royals for heading abroad while the rest of the country have been told summer holidays are “unlikely”.
“Again, it is an issue of restrictions and what we’re allowed to do and the royals are allowed to go to Greece right now,” Susanna began.
“The Prince of Wales says he is delighted to be back. He’s paying tribute to a country where his father was born as we know almost 100 years ago.
“They are there on a two day trip to celebrate the Bicentenary of Greece’s Independence and so a lovely trip for them!
“They’re doing their international duty of course, masked and distanced, but it’s an interesting time to do it, isn’t it when the country’s been told that from Monday there will be a £5,000 fine if you go on holiday.
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“Later, it was in Athens that my dear grandmother, Princess Alice, during the dark years of Nazi occupation, sheltered a Jewish family – an act for which in Israel she is counted as ‘Righteous Among The Nations.’”
The Prince of Wales spoke of the “strong and vital” ties between the UK and Greece as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
He continued: “As we all work to rebuild our societies and our economies from this year of previously unimaginable upheaval, and to set our world on a more sustainable path, perhaps we can take some inspiration from the courage, determination and ambition of 1821.
“Once again, the stakes could hardly be higher. The choices we make will determine the fate not only of our nations, but of this singular planet which we all share.”
As well as the State dinner, Charles and Camilla spent some time at the National Gallery in Athens for its official opening.
They were given a tour by Prime Minister Mitsotakis and his wife. They are expected to attend a wreath laying ceremony and watch a parade before heading back to the UK.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.