Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, contracted COVID-19 in the spring, palace sources confirmed to the BBC on Sunday.
According to The Sun, which broke the story, 38-year-old William was diagnosed with the virus in April but kept his diagnosis private to avoid panicking the nation.
Despite the diagnosis, William worked throughout the month of April, including “telephoning essential workers at Queen’s Hospital Burton on April 1 and opening Nightingale Hospital Birmingham via a video conference on April 16,” Today reported.
Several days later, William appeared in the BBC charity special, “The Big Night In,” with his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and comedian Stephen Fry, the outlet reported.
Kensington Palace, the office and official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, refused to comment officially about the royal’s health, the BBC reported.
A press statement issued March 25 by Clarence House revealed that 71-year-old Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and William’s father, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Today reported.
“(Prince Charles) 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 read at the time.
According to The Sun, William, who is second in line to the British throne, was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at Anmer Hall, the family home in Norfolk.
News of William’s diagnosis comes days before England is slated to enter a four-week lockdown, its second national lockdown since the novel coronavirus pandemic began, the BBC reported.
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, the United Kingdom has confirmed a total of 1,038,054 COVID-19 infections nationwide, resulting in 46,087 deaths to date.
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