Human and animal world overlap causing rise of deadly diseases, Charles warns


he increasing overlap of the human and animal world is in part responsible for the rise of deadly diseases like coronavirus, the Prince of Wales has warned.

Watched by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles said: “The last year has shown us more than ever the importance of dealing with issues like this.”

He was speaking at Lancaster House on behalf of two of his charities – Elephant Family and the British Asian Trust – which combined to host a glamorous fundraising event, A Starry Night In The Nilgiri Hills.

Katherine Jenkins was among the guests at the star-studded charity event (Jonathan Brady/PA) / PA Wire

Celebrities including Lily Cole, Laura Whitmore, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon and – surprisingly – reality television star Gemma Collins were among the guests, and there were performances by Katherine Jenkins and Tom Odell.

Earlier, Charles and Camilla entertained guests at a private reception at Clarence House before walking through the connecting door to Lancaster House next door, Camilla elegant in a pale green Anna Valentine three quarter-length tunic and trousers.

They greeted supporters before taking their seats inside a Raj tent erected on the lawn for an outdoor screening of The Year The Earth Changed, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

The documentary, presented by the BBC Natural History Unit and Apple TV+, shows how nature has benefitted from global lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

The royal viewers were handed brightly painted Tiffin tins filled with an array of delicacies including olives and crudites to enjoy during the 40-minute screening.

Charles and Camilla arrive at Lancaster House (Jonathan Brady/PA) / PA Wire

The evening – which saw 280 guests gather, socially-distanced, outside – was the finale of CoExistence, a campaign by wildlife conservation charity Elephant Family, founded by the duchess’s late brother, Mark Shand.

Charles and Camilla, who are joint presidents of the charity, have been passionate supporters of its latest initiative which has seen the creation of 123 elephant sculptures by indigenous communities in the jungles of Tamil Nadil, which are being sold to raise money for its work supporting projects which enable man and elephant to live side by side.

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