Nick Knowles: DIY SOS host hits out and defends Prince Charles visiting dad Prince Philip

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Nick Knowles took to Twitter to share a poignant message, as the DIY SOS host addressed Prince Philip’s admission to the hospital. His emotional post saw the presenter hit back at critics, who slammed Prince Charles’ surprise visit to see the Duke of Edinburgh during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, spent a sixth night in hospital and Prince Charles, 72, was photographed looking emotional after turning up at King Edward VII hospital last Saturday.

The royal made a 200-mile round trip to be at the bedside of his elderly father.

A source said the Duke remains in “good spirits” despite staying in hospital for “observation and rest”.

The host shared his thoughts about Prince Charles’ decision in a candid tweet.

In view of his 158,000 Twitter followers, Nick wrote: “When I lost my father I was in my 30’s.

“I was not ready. You are never ready. The greater authority that was there even if you never sought guidance has gone.

“Try to show a little understanding & be kind to a family & to one who served his country and the crown #princephillip.”

It comes after some social media users hit out at the Royal Family for the move, saying they are unable to visit their own family members in hospital due to the pandemic.

Nick clarified: “People are saying horrible things and having a go at Prince Charles visiting – I was responding to that and because he is not at all well.”

A social media user wrote: “It’s not who he is. It’s about bending rules for some.”

“The rules have changed and people may visit in most areas in exceptional circumstances – don’t believe the deliberate misinformation,” the DIY SOS host commented.

Another wrote: “Nick the anger is about people not being able to visit their own parents in the hospital before end of life.”


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To which he replied: “The rules have changed and in most places, in exceptional circumstances, people are allowed to visit. Captain Tom [Moore]’s family were – others are allowed too. It’s just nasty.”

Others commended Nick for his heartfelt message after speaking openly about the loss of his father.

One wrote: “Such a sad but heartwarming and compassionate thread. I wish Twitter was always like this.”

The small-screen star replied: “So many tweets about struggling after the loss of their father.

“It is tough. But being a father is about preparing your children to carry on successfully after you are gone.

“The best way to honour them is to get on with your life because you can because they made you who you are.”

Nick regularly shares his thoughts on the micro-blogging site and gives rare glimpses into his own life.

DIY SOS: The Big Build airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

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