Royal fans divided by Prince Charles’ first appearance since catching Covid

Royal fans have clashed after Prince Charles embarked on his first royal engagement since contracting Covid.

The Prince of Wales made a rare appearance alongside Princess Anne yesterday to give out The Queen's Anniversary Prizes at St. James's Palace, showing he has made a full recovery from the illness.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded to UK colleges and universities to "celebrate excellence, innovation and public benefit in work".

He could be seen smiling as he drank tea out of a saucer and spoke to gathered guests with his royal sibling Anne.

The Prince seemed glad for a return to normality and some social interaction following a period of self-isolation, but reaction online has seen some criticise him for not wearing a mask after having had Covid recently.

One aggrieved user took to the Clarence House Instagram to write: "Covid no 2 & no mask… why?"

A second commenter raised the same concern and said: "If his 5 day quarantine is over, shouldn’t he remain masked to protect others?!?"

One of the most critical entries under the post said: "I'm not being funny but I wouldn't want to shake Charles's hand after having covid. In fact, I wouldn't want to shake anyone's anymore".

There were many who defended the Prince against the accusations however, with several pointing out that Charles is entitled to not wear a face mask if he is now testing negative.

It was revealed this week that Prince Charles and Prince William are working on a plan to slim down the monarchy in the future as "less people means less drama", according to a royal insider.

The revelation comes as the father and son have reportedly discussed their plans for when they both ascend the throne.

According a source speaking to the US magazine, the pair have agreed to “guide each other” in their mission to reform the Royal Family, so that it resembles a smaller European-style institution made up of fewer members.

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