Prince William Contracted Covid-19 in April, but it Was a Secret
When Prince Charles tested positive for Covid-19 in late March, the news made global headlines, with the Clarence House issuing an official statement to assure the public as there were many who were also concerned about Queen Elizabeth’s wellbeing.
“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,” the statement had read.
Unbeknownst to the public, however, was the fact that Prince William had also been diagnosed with the coronavirus shortly after.
This new revelation was revealed on November 2, months after the Duke of Cambridge’s diagnosis. The exact timeline is unknown, but William had noticeably taken a seven-day break from engagements from April 9 to 16, when he celebrated the opening of the new Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham via video call.
He was reportedly treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where he continued to carry out his duties remotely. In April, when he was believed to have been affected by the coronavirus, William carried out 14 telephone and video call engagements.
Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the matter, though royal insiders have confirmed William’s diagnosis to the BBC and Vanity Fair. According to the latter, however, an insider close to the royal family has denied claims that William was hit hard by the virus.
“My understanding was that he was not bed-ridden and actually coped pretty well with the virus, working for most of the time he had it,” the source said.
“It was no secret among the family, but William didn’t want it getting out because he didn’t want to worry the nation.”
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Indeed, with Queen Elizabeth in isolation and her direct heir, Charles, diagnosed with Covid-19, a second heir down with the virus would have been much cause for concern. It was also during a time when United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care as he battled the virus.
However, royal commentators have criticised the royal family’s decision to keep William’s illness under wraps, with royal correspondent Robert Johnson questioning what else they have “lied about”, and Majesty magazine’s Joe Little noting that it was “questionable” despite “the best of intentions”.
Both Charles and William have since recovered and have been actively attending engagements both online and in person.
But as a second wave of Covid-19 cases rampages England, the country will be entering a second lockdown with strict curbs on travel, and visits to pubs and restaurants from November 5 to December 2.