Prince William Reportedly Tested Positive for COVID-19 in April

Prince William tested positive for COVID-19 back in April, shortly after father Prince Charles contracted the virus, the BBC reports.

kings lynn, england june 16 prince william, duke of cambridge meets paramedic staff, maintaining social distancing, from the east of england ambulance service trust during a visit to the ambulance station on june 16, 2020 in kings lynn, england the purpose of the visit was to thank staff from the east of england ambulance service trust for their work and dedication responding to the covid 19 outbreak photo by victoria jones wpa poolgetty images
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Prince William tested positive for COVID-19 in April, shortly after father Prince Charles announced in March that he had contracted the virus, the BBC reports. A palace source confirmed William's diagnosis to the BBC, though Kensington Palace declined to issue an official comment.

According to the Sun, William spoke to an observer at a public engagement about keeping his positive test a secret, saying, "There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone." He was reportedly treated by palace doctors and isolated at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, but continued his official duties, carrying out 14 virtual engagements throughout April.

An inside source told the Sun that William was "hit pretty hard by the virus," adding, "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," the insider continued. "He was determined to fulfil his engagements."

William reportedly feared that publicly announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis would send the U.K. into "panic mode," the Sun reports. "The Queen delivered her 'We Will Meet Again' address, and he just didn't want to worry people," an insider said. "He felt there were more important things going on in the country."

"But as a result of his own experiences, he realises absolutely anyone can catch this awful disease—and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown [which the U.K. will enter on Thursday] seriously," the source finished.

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