Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive for coronavirus, with a royal statement revealing that he has mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”.
Clarence House confirmed the news, but added that The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, has tested negative.
Charles has been working from home on the Balmoral Estate, in Scotland, for the last few days, where he has been with Camilla.
Charles is now said to be keeping separate from his wife during this period of quarantine.
A statement reads:
“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 Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
“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.”
It is currently unknown where the Prince of Wales contracted the virus, but he was recently at Water Aid dinner, where he sat opposite Prince Albert II of Monaco – who became the first Royal Family member to catch coronavirus earlier this month.
It’s unlikely that he will have had any contact with other members of the Royal Family, as Queen Elizabeth II, 93, and Prince Phillip, 98, are both staying at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire.
Prince Harry and Meghan are currently Canada with their son Archie, and Prince William and Kate are with their children in Kensington Palace.
There were fears for the Queen when Clarence House announced that Charles had tested positive.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health.
“The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”
Charles himself was most recently seen at an Australian bushfire relief event on March 12th.
He had been avoiding shaking hands with members of the public at a number of events recently, instead choosing to use the namaste gesture.
This is a developing story- more to follow.
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