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Asda worker FAINTS while chatting to a shocked Prince Charles

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Prince Charles’s unflappability was given a stern test yesterday as a man he was chatting to at an Asda distribution centre passed out cold in front of him.

The Royal was on a tour of the facility in Bristol with wife Camilla when the unnamed worker fainted.

The man had been introduced to Charles and the pair were exchanging pleasantries when he suddenly lurched from side to side before collapsing backwards to the ground to the Prince’s initial shock.

Charles, 71, watched on as workers and bystanders rushed to the stricken man’s aid.

But after a moment’s pause, and after being given an indication that the man, by now in the recovery position, seemed to be coming round, unfazed Charles moved on to the next person in the line up he was due to chat to. 

The Prince of Wales meets the member of staff outside the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today

The Prince of Wales meets the member of staff outside the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today

The Prince of Wales meets the member of staff outside the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today

The man begins to sway on the spot as he speaks with the prince outside the distribution centre

The man begins to sway on the spot as he speaks with the prince outside the distribution centre

The man begins to sway on the spot as he speaks with the prince outside the distribution centre

The man falls backwards onto the ground as helpers immediately rush to his aid and ensure he is not injured

The man falls backwards onto the ground as helpers immediately rush to his aid and ensure he is not injured

The man falls backwards onto the ground as helpers immediately rush to his aid and ensure he is not injured

In the background, the man is then helped to his feet and escorted away from the marquee before making his return and standing alongside his fellow colleagues.

Back on his feet once again, the man smiles as he continues his conversation with the prince just minutes later.

MailOnline has contacted Asda for comment. 

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

The scenes came as Charles and Camilla, 72, met some of the 700 workers at the Asda centre in Bristol, as well as 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 concerned prince watches the man as members of staff surround him and check him

The concerned prince watches the man as members of staff surround him and check him

The concerned prince watches the man as members of staff surround him and check him

After being told the man is well, Prince Charles begins to speak with another member of staff

After being told the man is well, Prince Charles begins to speak with another member of staff

After being told the man is well, Prince Charles begins to speak with another member of staff 

The royal meets the man once again after he has recovered and speaks with him during his visit

The royal meets the man once again after he has recovered and speaks with him during his visit

The royal meets the man once again after he has recovered and speaks with him during his visit

Camilla cut a stylish figure in a timeless cream dress and jacket, which she coordinated with a matching scarf and camel-coloured shoes. 

She accessorised with a pair of dangling pearl earrings and completed the look with a couple of dainty gold bracelets.   

Chris Tilly, 48, general manager of the distribution centre, said work had been ‘really, really challenging,’ but added: ‘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.’ 

He continued: ‘I think it is fantastic that the prince and duchess have taken the time out to come to the distribution centre and meet colleagues.

‘Every single colleague that they saw they thanked for what they had done during the last 14 weeks, which I was truly humbled by.

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla (pictured), 72, visit the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today as they slowly return to royal engagements amid the pandemic

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla (pictured), 72, visit the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today as they slowly return to royal engagements amid the pandemic

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla (pictured), 72, visit the Asda Distribution Centre in Bristol today as they slowly return to royal engagements amid the pandemic

The Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community, along with Camilla (pictured), thank staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

The Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community, along with Camilla (pictured), thank staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

The Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community, along with Camilla (pictured), thank staff who have kept the country’s vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

The royal couple unveil a plaque to mark their visit to the distribution centre in Bristol today (pictured)

The royal couple unveil a plaque to mark their visit to the distribution centre in Bristol today (pictured)

The royal couple unveil a plaque to mark their visit to the distribution centre in Bristol today (pictured)

‘They were really interested in what the colleagues did within Asda, how long they had worked for us and just wanted to know how they had been doing while working through the pandemic.’ 

Asda has been working with the prince’s Business in the Community initiative, as well as charity partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

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 of Cornwall uses her signature socially-distant greeting as she arrives alongside Prince Charles  (pictured)

The Duchess of Cornwall uses her signature socially-distant greeting as she arrives alongside Prince Charles  (pictured)

The Duchess of Cornwall uses her signature socially-distant greeting as she arrives alongside Prince Charles  (pictured)

Camilla (pictured) cut a stylish figure in a timeless cream dress and jacket, which she coordinated with a matching scarf

Camilla (pictured) cut a stylish figure in a timeless cream dress and jacket, which she coordinated with a matching scarf

Camilla (pictured) cut a stylish figure in a timeless cream dress and jacket, which she coordinated with a matching scarf

In the background, a banner could be seen which read: 'A massive thanks to all of our key worker colleagues for their great work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, Charles and Camilla

In the background, a banner could be seen which read: 'A massive thanks to all of our key worker colleagues for their great work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, Charles and Camilla

In the background, a banner could be seen which read: ‘A massive thanks to all of our key worker colleagues for their great work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, Charles and Camilla

Staff told the royal couple how they had worked extra hours and different shift patterns, as well as postponing holidays, to cope with increased demand. Pictured, Camilla

Staff told the royal couple how they had worked extra hours and different shift patterns, as well as postponing holidays, to cope with increased demand. Pictured, Camilla

Staff told the royal couple how they had worked extra hours and different shift patterns, as well as postponing holidays, to cope with increased demand. Pictured, Camilla

During the visit, the Prince of Wales (pictured) thanked staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

During the visit, the Prince of Wales (pictured) thanked staff who have kept the country's vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

During the visit, the Prince of Wales (pictured) thanked staff who have kept the country’s vital food supplies moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Charles donned a smart grey suit which he paired with a light blue shirt and dark blue, patterned tie. Pictured, with Camilla

Charles donned a smart grey suit which he paired with a light blue shirt and dark blue, patterned tie. Pictured, with Camilla

Charles donned a smart grey suit which he paired with a light blue shirt and dark blue, patterned tie. Pictured, with Camilla

‘The duchess was saying to me she definitely agrees that if people can work and are happy to do it, they should carry on,’ he said.

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

The royal 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 the prince himself, hired new machines and produced medical-grade NHS scrubs for eight weeks. 

The royal duo (pictured, together) have been slowly returning to public duties as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed

The royal duo (pictured, together) have been slowly returning to public duties as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed

The royal duo (pictured, together) have been slowly returning to public duties as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed

The couple met some of the 700 workers at the Asda centre, as well as drivers and those based at nearby stores. Pictured, Prince Charles

The couple met some of the 700 workers at the Asda centre, as well as drivers and those based at nearby stores. Pictured, Prince Charles

The couple met some of the 700 workers at the Asda centre, as well as drivers and those based at nearby stores. Pictured, Prince Charles

During the visit, Camilla and Charles (pictured), along with the employees, ensured they adhered to social distancing rules

During the visit, Camilla and Charles (pictured), along with the employees, ensured they adhered to social distancing rules

During the visit, Camilla and Charles (pictured), along with the employees, ensured they adhered to social distancing rules

The event took place in a marquee outside the building, with people keeping two metres apart. Pictured, the Duchess of Cornwall speaking with staff

The event took place in a marquee outside the building, with people keeping two metres apart. Pictured, the Duchess of Cornwall speaking with staff

The event took place in a marquee outside the building, with people keeping two metres apart. Pictured, the Duchess of Cornwall speaking with staff

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

The prince revealed that he had been involved in the effort, saying: ‘Was it a very busy time trying to make these scrubs? You kept up with demand? Brilliant.

‘It made such a difference and it made such a difference to the local GP as I managed to put them in touch with your beautifully made scrubs.’    

Duchess of Cornwall speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester

Duchess of Cornwall speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester

Duchess of Cornwall speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester

Camilla speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester today

Camilla speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester today

Camilla speaks to a worker during a visit with Prince Charles to the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory in Gloucester today

During the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic the company switched their entire production line to making scrubs for the NHS. Pictured, Camilla smiling

During the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic the company switched their entire production line to making scrubs for the NHS. Pictured, Camilla smiling

During the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic the company switched their entire production line to making scrubs for the NHS. Pictured, Camilla smiling

Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) visited the shirt factory which hired new machines and produced medical-grade NHS scrubs for eight weeks amid the COVID-19 crisis

Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) visited the shirt factory which hired new machines and produced medical-grade NHS scrubs for eight weeks amid the COVID-19 crisis

Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured) visited the shirt factory which hired new machines and produced medical-grade NHS scrubs for eight weeks amid the COVID-19 crisis

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

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

Charles and Camilla’s visit was held in the car park of the company’s factory in the Quedgeley area of Gloucester. Pictured, together

Turnbull & Asser, which was founded in 1885, makes luxurious shirts and ties for many famous clients including the prince himself (pictured)

Turnbull & Asser, which was founded in 1885, makes luxurious shirts and ties for many famous clients including the prince himself (pictured)

Turnbull & Asser, which was founded in 1885, makes luxurious shirts and ties for many famous clients including the prince himself (pictured)

The Prince of Wales (pictured, speaking to staff) revealed he had been involved in the effort of making scrubs for the NHS, saying: 'Was it a very busy time trying to make these scrubs? You kept up with demand? Brilliant'

The Prince of Wales (pictured, speaking to staff) revealed he had been involved in the effort of making scrubs for the NHS, saying: 'Was it a very busy time trying to make these scrubs? You kept up with demand? Brilliant'

The Prince of Wales (pictured, speaking to staff) revealed he had been involved in the effort of making scrubs for the NHS, saying: ‘Was it a very busy time trying to make these scrubs? You kept up with demand? Brilliant’

The royal couple visited the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory for their second engagement of the day. Pictured, Camilla

The royal couple visited the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory for their second engagement of the day. Pictured, Camilla

The royal couple visited the Turnbull & Asser shirt factory for their second engagement of the day. Pictured, Camilla 

Speaking to staff at the shirt factory who helped to make scrubs amid the global crisis, Prince Charles (pictured) said: 'it made such a difference to the local GP as I managed to put them in touch with your beautifully made scrubs'

Speaking to staff at the shirt factory who helped to make scrubs amid the global crisis, Prince Charles (pictured) said: 'it made such a difference to the local GP as I managed to put them in touch with your beautifully made scrubs'

Speaking to staff at the shirt factory who helped to make scrubs amid the global crisis, Prince Charles (pictured) said: ‘it made such a difference to the local GP as I managed to put them in touch with your beautifully made scrubs’

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shirt manufacturer switched their entire production line to making scrubs for Britain's NHS. Pictured, Prince Charles

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shirt manufacturer switched their entire production line to making scrubs for Britain's NHS. Pictured, Prince Charles

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shirt manufacturer switched their entire production line to making scrubs for Britain’s NHS. Pictured, Prince Charles

Duchess of Cornwall gives a socially distanced greeting as she steps out of the car alongside Prince Charles in Gloucester

Duchess of Cornwall gives a socially distanced greeting as she steps out of the car alongside Prince Charles in Gloucester

Duchess of Cornwall gives a socially distanced greeting as she steps out of the car alongside Prince Charles in Gloucester

Camilla waves from the front seat of a car following a visit with Prince Charles to the shirt factory

Camilla waves from the front seat of a car following a visit with Prince Charles to the shirt factory

Camilla waves from the front seat of a car following a visit with Prince Charles to the shirt factory

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