Prince William, reportedly, tested positive for COVID-19 during the onset of the global pandemic.
As cited by The Sun, the Duke of Cambridge chose to keep his diagnosis in private to avoid panic as there are more “important things” that needed much attention.
“There were important things going on, and I didn’t want to worry anyone,” an unnamed palace source told the publication.
Prince William “Hit Pretty Hard” by COVID-19
Moreover, the outlet also mentioned that the father-of-four contracted the deadly virus around April and was forced to self-isolate at their Anmer Hall home located in Norfolk, England.
Although it is uncertain whether his condition was serious, the source revealed that Prince William was “hit pretty hard by the virus,” which includes symptoms such as difficulty in breathing.
“At one stage, he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked.”
Despite battling coronavirus, it’s still business as usual for the second in line to the throne, who has been carrying out royal engagement virtually.
“After seeing medics and testing positive – which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is – William was determined it should be business as usual though,” palace insider mentioned, adding, “He was determined to fulfill his engagements.”
Prince William continued royal duty despite Coronavirus diagnosis
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The Duke of Cambridge spoke with some of the incredible staff that built NHS @NightingaleBham, ahead of its official opening today. Building NHS Nightingale Birmingham, a hospital constructed in just eight days in response to the #COVID19 outbreak, has been a truly herculean effort. The hospital will have a workforce of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff to provide beds for general medical #Coronavirus patients — take a look at our earlier post to see The Duke officially open the hospital.
Following the government imposed lockdown, even the royals adapted to the new normal and had their various engagements through a series of Zoom meetings.
The Duke of Cambridge, alongside his wife, Kate Middleton, has been the symbolic forefront of the royal family to appease the public and address the health crisis.
Aside from prince William, his father, Prince Charles, was the first member of the monarchy to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Back in March, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the 71-year-old heir to the throne had contracted the deadly virus.
In a statement released by the Clarence House, the Prince of Wales remained in self-isolation at his private residence in Birkhall, alongside his wife, Camila, who tested negative from COVID-19.
“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.”
Following the shocking news, a spokesman confirmed that Prince Charles remained “in good health,” despite having mild symptoms.
Queen Elizabeth II, on the other hand, has been moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle together with Prince Phillip and have been surrounded by only 22 palace aides.
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