The Duke of Cambridge 'had Covid-19 in April' but kept diagnosis quiet

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

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The Duke of Cambridge contracted Covid-19 earlier this year, but reportedly kept his diagnosis quiet as he didn't want to worry or alarm the public.

While Kensington Palace have refused to officially comment, palace sources appear to have confirmed the reports, first published in The Sun newspaper, to the BBC.

Prince William is believed to have tested positive in April, around the same time as his father Prince Charles. Charles, 71, contracted the virus in March and self-isolated in Scotland for seven days after displaying mild symptoms.

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According to the paper, Prince William didn't tell anyone about his positive test result because "there were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone".

The publication also added that he was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at his family's country home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

Earlier this year, Prince Charles spoke about how he got away with virus lightly, after suffering mild symptoms such as losing his sense of taste and smell.

"I was lucky in my case... but I've had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through," the royal told Sky News.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Meanwhile, Prince William has returned to carrying out official engagements in public after reportedly committing to 14 telephone and video call engagements during April. The duke accompanied the Queen for a tour of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down near Salisbury.

William and Kate stepped out in London last month as portraits from Kate's photography competition, Hold Still, went on display across the UK. The duke and duchess paid a visit to London's Waterloo Station in order to view one of the photographs, which is now on show there. The couple later travelled to the nearby St. Bartholomew’s Hospital to speak to one of the finalists, a frontline worker at the hospital.

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