The Prince of Wales greeted celebrities including Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly with the Indian greeting ‘Namaste’ as he chose to avoid shaking hands amidst Coronavirus outbreak.
Prince Charles was attending the Prince’s Trust Awards on Wednesday. As one can see, out of habit Prince Charles first extends his hand for shaking before realising he has to avoid it and then moves on to do a ‘Namaste’.
Earlier too, India’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin has shared a series of photographs of Prince Charles adopting the ‘Namaste’ as preferred greeting.
Namaste 🙏🏽— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) March 9, 2020
Gaining diplomatic salience 🙏🏽 https://t.co/a7GOK4D7Ur
On Monday, Prince Charles greeted people at Westminster Abbey with a Namaste on Commonwealth Day.
The highly contagious COVID-19 Coronavirus has claimed lives of hundreds of people worldwide and has been spreading very quickly creating global panic. Earlier today, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks took to Twitter to share that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson have both tested positive for the same. The World Health Organisation has also termed COVID-19 outbreak a ‘pandemic’. Government of India has suspended all tourist visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 and all incoming visitors including Indian nationals are advised against non-essential travel.