Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Britain's Prince Charles speaks with guests during the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough H
Britain's Prince Charles speaks with guests during the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House, in London, Britain March 9, 2020. Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS/Files

LONDON: Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said on Wednesday (Mar 25).

"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus," Clarence House said in a statement. "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," Clarence House said. The Prince and his wife, Camilla, are self-isolating at home in Scotland.

"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," the statement added.

The couple were tested by the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland, it said.

"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 added.

A royal source said the Prince of Wales, who was tested on Monday and got the results on Tuesday, was advised the condition was unlikely to escalate into a more serious case.

Charles has spoken to both Queen Elizabeth and his children, Prince William and Harry.

QUEEN IN GOOD HEALTH

Charles last saw the 93-year-old monarch on the morning of Mar 12 following an investiture, before the earliest time he would have been infectious.

"Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health," Buckingham Palace said. "The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of Mar 12 and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare."

A royal source said that the earliest Charles would have been infectious was Mar 13. Charles and Camilla went to Highgrove House, his residence in west England, on Mar 13 and then travelled to their Birkhall residence on the Balmoral estate in Scotland on Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth left London for Windsor Castle on Mar 19. She is with her 98-year-old husband, Philip.

"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," Clarence House said.

Charles met Prince Albert of Monaco, who later tested positive, at a charity event in London on Mar 10.

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Source: Agencies/nh

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