London: The 72-year-old Britain’s Prince Charles on Wednesday made an impassioned plea as he backed an emergency appeal by his charity, British Asian Trust, and urged people to help India as it copes with a ‘horrific’ second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. British throne spoke of his ‘great love’ for India, where he has paid several visits, and said that those suffering the effects of this pandemic in the country are in his ‘thoughts and prayers’.
“For well over a year the pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many of us around the world. This week, I have been deeply saddened by the tragic images we have all seen as COVID-19 takes its horrific toll in India,” read a statement by Prince Charles, released by Clarence House.
“With support from the Indian diaspora, the British Asian Trust has launched an emergency appeal for India to channel this desire to do something about this terrible situation and help save lives. Many members of the diaspora, and others including businesses, trusts, and foundations, have already come together behind this appeal. I do hope that even more of us might be able to provide support to help those in India in their time of need,” he said. “Like many others, I have a great love for India and have enjoyed many wonderful visits to the country. Indian aid and ingenuity have been a support to other countries throughout this immensely difficult time. As India has helped others, so now must we help India,” he said, adding that ‘we will win this battle’ together.