On Thursday, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were visiting an Asda distribution centre in Bristol when the outing suddenly took a scary turn.
The royals were in attendance to thank the staff for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. But at one point, Charles had broken away in a conversation with a worker. The man began to sway and concerningly stumbled over backwards, apparently having fainted.
Warning: Some may find the footage disturbing. Thankfully, however, the man reportedly recovered immediately after and finished his conversation with the Prince of Wales.
In the Sky News footage, Charles is seen reaching out as the man suddenly falls to the ground. He's quickly tended to as the prince looks on in concern and allows attendees to care for the man. The pair are also seen wrapping up their discussion afterward.
Bristol supermarket worker who fainted is in good health
As The Daily Mail reports, a spokesperson for Asda confirmed the good health of the man:
"We were delighted to welcome the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to our Avonmouth depot yesterday as part of their celebration of the amazing efforts of key workers during the pandemic.
"The magnitude of the moment was a little much for one of our colleagues, who briefly fainted, but after taking a few minutes to recover himself he returned to continue his tour and reassure everyone he was absolutely fine.
"He handled the event like a pro – and we're grateful to him and all our colleagues for their dedication," the statement read.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla thank distribution workers
Clarence House also shared an account of the visit, which, apart from the scary moment, went as scheduled.
"The Prince and The Duchess today thanked staff at @asda for all they have done to keep the country’s vital food supplies moving throughout the Coronavirus pandemic," the royals wrote on Instagram.
Charles and Camilla unveiled a plaque during the visit, and heard of the adjustments that the facility and workers made to continue the essential distribution of food during the pandemic. These changes included the return of retired workers, delays in holiday time, and overtime work.
People reports that, before departing, Charles said: "Thank you, thank you very much, everybody. You deserve a stiff drink after all this."