It was a headline we didn’t expect to see but stranger things have happened in 2020. Yesterday evening, news broke that 71-year-old Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 who is now self-isolating on his 53,000-acre Highland estate in Scotland. The Prince is said to be “up and about” however the nature of his condition won’t be known for some time.
At this point in time, it is unknown who Charles may have contracted the virus from according to Clarence House, “owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
As reported by The Guardian, on the 9th of March, Prince Charles attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey along with the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Around 2,000 people including school children, politicians and ambassadors were also in attendance. But according to reports, it also emerged on Wednesday that one of 54 flag bearers also tested positive to coronavirus. Since the news a Commonwealth secretariat spokesperson has said: “Staff and other guests were informed immediately and urged to follow WHO and NHS advice. All staff are currently working from home.”
While the Duchess of Cornwall tested negative for the virus and is now self-isolating, the health of the Queen is feared. She was last in close contact with the Prince on March 12 but according to doctors, he may not have been contagious until March 13.
Events and royal engagements also during that time include a meeting with Prince Albert of Monaco on March 10, who was confirmed for the virus five days ago as well as a dinner on March 12.
Stay tuned for further developments.