Prince Charles joined Sky News host Rhiannon Mills for an interview that aired on Thursday evening.
In the conversation, the Prince of Wales recalled how he fortunately dealt with only mild symptoms of COVID-19. He had tested positive for the disease in mid-March, but was healthy and out of self-isolation just seven days later.
"I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly," he told Sky News.
Prince Charles recalls COVID-19 recovery
In regards to his experience with COVID-19, Charles added: "It makes me even more determined to push and shout and prod, if you see what I mean. Whatever I can do behind the scenes sometimes."
"But I've had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through. And I feel particularly for those, for instance, who have lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time. That's to me is the most ghastly thing."
The 71-year-old went on to tell Sky News that he feels humanity needs to rethink its relationship with nature and the Earth.
"But in order to prevent this happening to so many more people, this is why I'm so determined to find a way out of this. In order to bring the world and all of us back to the centre, back to understanding what we have to do in relationship to the natural world," he explained.
"The more we erode the natural world, the more we destroy what's called biodiversity, which is the immense diversity of life, plant life, tree life, everything else. Marine life.
"The more we expose ourselves to this kind of danger. We've had these other disasters with SARS and Ebola and goodness knows what else, all of these things are related to the loss of biodiversity."
Prince Charles talks COVID-19 and nature with Sky News
The Prince of Wales added that his opinion is informed by the scientists and experts who've studied diseases and biodiversity.
"It's one of the reasons that I tried to get the point across that we should have been treating the planet as if it was a patient long ago. So no self-respecting doctor would ever have let the situation, if the planet is a patient, reach this stage before making an intervention."
"I think we're slightly paying the price as a result," he concluded.
On Wednesday, Sky News' Rhiannon Mills shared a preview of the interview on Twitter. You can see part of Charles's conversation in the clip below.