Prince Charles Has Tested Positive For COVID-19—How Other Royals Are Coping Through The Pandemic
Despite taking protective measures against the COVID-19 virus by avoiding handshakes and cancelling all royal engagements from March 15, 71-year-old Prince Charles has tested positive for the virus.
“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” read a statement from Clarence House.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”
“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” Clarence House wrote.
This comes six days after it was reported that Prince Albert of Monaco—whom Charles had met at the WaterAid charity function in London on March 10—had also tested positive.
With concerns surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s health, the Buckingham Palace has also put out a statement reassuring the public: “Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of March 12 and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”
We reported earlier that the Queen had left London to self-isolate in Windsor Castle last Thursday, where she was joined by Prince Philip. The royal couple, who are 93 and 98 years old respectively, are adhering to the government’s social distancing guideline for citizens over 70, who are considered to be in high-risk for covid-19.
The monarch has reportedly been working from home and connecting with her family through video calls, like many people around the world.
As for Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry, who reportedly found out about his father's coronavirus diagnosis over the phone, the princes and their families are also practising social distancing.
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William and Kate Middleton, who visited an NHS London Ambulance 111 centre to thank frontline medical staff last Thursday, have relocated their family to Anmer Hall in Norfolk. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are currently being homeschooled.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan Markle are self-isolating in their Canada home with their son Archie, but they’ve remained connected with the public through social media. The Sussex couple took to Instagram to share tips and resources for mental wellness last week, as well as recommendations from the World Health Organisation yesterday.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has also posted a series of Instagram stories—filmed by her daughter Lady Louise—to share resources for parents at home with their children.
As United Kingdom implements extreme measures by issuing a stay-home notice to the citizens of UK, the royal engagements have been cancelled until April 23, when the Duke of Gloucester will reportedly present the British Expertise International Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel.