Prince Charles has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old royal had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease in a statement released this morning. The heir to the throne is said to have displayed “mild symptoms” on Sunday. Thereafter, he was then tested on Monday, with the results coming through late on Tuesday night.
Charles “otherwise remains in good health” and has been self-isolating in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall; who has tested negative for coronavirus.
“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.”
Prince Charles’ last public event was a reception and dinner in aid of the Australian bush-fire relief effort on 12 March. The event took place at Mansion House in London.
Earlier that day, the Prince of Wales had attended an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace; where he greeted recipients with non-contact gestures due to concerns about the spread of the illness. On 10 March, he hosted a WaterAid summit at Clarence House; to discuss the impact of climate change on access to drinking water.
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing. 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.”
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has reacted to the news of Prince Charles testing positive for coronavirus.
“The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly on the morning of 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further.”