Prince Charles and Camilla also spoke about their retirement plans

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Prince Charles, President of Business in the Community, visits an Asda Distribution Centre to thank staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit to Avonmouth
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Prince Charles witnessed a scary moment firsthand when a man he was speaking with during a royal outing unexpectedly fainted and fell to the ground.

Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stepped out Thursday to thank workers at a supermarket distribution center for their extra efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. As Prince Charles spoke to one worker, he suddenly became unsteady on his feet, wavering back and forth before falling backward.

Despite social distancing guidelines in place during the visit, the royal instinctively reached out his arm as the man tumbled to the ground. The worker was quickly attended to as Charles looked on with concern.

The man was able to get up on his own and was escorted away to be checked, but he recovered in time to finish his conversation with the future king.

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, unveiled a plaque to mark their visit and heard how Asda has teamed up with the food charities FareShare and Trussell Trust. Before leaving, Charles told staff, "Thank you, thank you very much, everybody. You deserve a stiff drink after all this."

Prince Charles, President of Business in the Community, visits an Asda Distribution Centre to thank staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit to Avonmouth
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They also spoke to 74-year-old warehouse operator Richard Sigward, who has worked at Asda for 17 years and told the royal couple that he has no plans to retire.

"The Duchess was saying to me she definitely agrees that if people can work and are happy to do it, they should carry on," Sigward said. "She said she refuses to retire herself. The prince was the same."

In fact, Camilla recently said during her first-ever radio guest edit on BBC Radio 5's The Emma Barnett Show that her husband "is probably the fittest man of his age I know."

"He'll walk and walk and walk," she said. "He's like a mountain goat, he leaves everybody miles behind."

Prince Charles, President of Business in the Community, visits an Asda Distribution Centre to thank staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit to Avonmouth
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After months of quarantining at their Scottish home and doing royal engagements virtually, Camilla and Prince Charles have returned to in-person visits. However, Camilla shared how social distancing and other precautions changed their outings.

"It’s very strange, we went to Gloucester the other day to thanks these wonderful NHS frontline workers," Camilla said on BBC Radio. "But I wanted to go up to them and shake their hand and say, 'You’ve done such wonderful job,' but it didn’t feel quite the same standing in my little circle, don’t move left or right. You had to shout thank you, and it’s very different."