The Duke of Cambridge was struck down with COVID-19 earlier this year, shortly after his father caught the virus. Why are we just now hearing about this?
As to not alarm the nation, Prince William caught COVID-19 back in April, after his father, Prince Charles, was sick with the virus.
According to The Sun, William told someone at a royal engagement that, “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”
The Duke of Cambridge, who’s next in line for the throne, was treated by palace doctors, and followed government guidelines by isolating at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, reports The Sun.
You would hardly know William was sick; he participated in over a dozen telephone and video call engagements during the month, including opening Nightingale Hospital Birmingham at the NEC via video on April 16 and appearing alongside Stephen Fry during a Comic Relief sketch on April 23.
A source tells The Sun:
William was hit pretty hard by the virus – it really knocked him for six.
“At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked.
“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.
“He was determined to fulfill his engagements.”
The source added, “As a result of his own experiences, he realizes absolutely anyone can catch this awful disease – and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown seriously.”
Last month, the Queen attended her first in-person engagement outside the royal bubble since March. She and Prince William toured the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the British military’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory…without a mask.
The palace explained that the decision to go sans mask was decided after consulting the queen’s medical team: “Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with [the laboratory].” Kensington Palace didn’t comment on whether Prince William had been tested. They have also not commented about this latest revelation.