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Asda worker faints while talking to a shocked Prince Charles

Prince Charles had a shock when an Asda employee fainted in front of him during a visit to a distribution centre in Bristol.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were visiting a distribution centre in Avonmouth and greeted members of staff who work for Asda in our local area.

But when one Asda worker started talking to Prince Charles, he started swaying dramatically. Moments later, he fell to the ground.

Footage shows the moment colleagues come rushing to his side, and Charles, 71, was seen putting an arm out in an attempt to stop him from falling, The Mirror reports.

A concerned Prince Charles looked on as others at the scene rushed to his aid to check he wasn't injured.

This is the moment the worker fell to the ground and fainted (ITN)

After he was checked over, Prince of Wales walked away and started speaking to another staff member.

And moments later, the man was seen being helped to his feet and escorted away. He managed to continue his conversation with Prince Charles shortly after.

The royal visit to the distribution centre was to thank staff who have worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met some of the 700 workers at the centre on Thursday, as well as delivery drivers and those based at nearby stores.

Staff told how they had returned from retirement, worked extra hours and different shift patterns, and had postponed holidays to cope with increased demand at supermarkets.

The event took place in a marquee outside the main building, with people keeping two metres apart to maintain social distancing.

Chris Tilly, 48, general manager of the distribution centre, said work had been "really, really challenging" and paid tribute to staff.

Prince Charles looked on helpless and confused about why the man had fainted (ITN)

"We've had a lot of support from colleagues right across the business working extra hours, extra shifts to keep the shelves filled for customers," Mr Tilly said.

Richard Sigward, 74, a warehouse operator, has been working for Asda for 17 years and told the couple that he refuses 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," Mr Sigward said.

The man got straight back up after fainting and started talking to Prince Charles again (ITN)

"She said she refuses to retire herself. The prince was the same."

At the end of the visit, Charles and Camilla unveiled a plaque marking the day.

Charles told staff: "Thank you, thank you very much everybody. You deserve a stiff drink after all this."

The couple also visited the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory, where staff switched their entire production line to make scrubs for the NHS in the early stages of the pandemic.

Turnbull & Asser, which was founded in 1885 and makes luxurious shirts and ties for many famous clients including Charles, hired new machines and produced medical-grade NHS scrubs for eight weeks.

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Charles and Camilla's visit was held in the car park of the company's factory in the Quedgeley area of Gloucester.

While being introduced to staff, Charles was told the firm also makes pyjamas and the prince joked to one employee: "Are you the pyjama expert?"

Managing director Jonathan Baker said the firm was "grateful and humble" that Charles and Camilla had recognised its work during the pandemic.

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