The Duke of Cambridge tested positive for Covid-19 in April, according to palace sources who confirmed the news to the BBC.
The royal is thought to have contracted the virus around the same time as his father, the Prince of Wales. The reports, which first emerged in The Sun, claimed that the prince kept his condition quiet because he didn't "want to worry anyone".
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the royal family may have decided not to disclose news concerning William to prevent any additional public panic, given the mood at the time. "But the palace also tries to preserve some privacy for the Royal Family," Dymond said.
William is said to have been treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. He continued to carry out official engagements over the phone and through video calls while recovering from the virus.
Prince Charles contracted Covid-19 in March and isolated in his home in Scotland. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative for the virus and self-isolated for 14 days.
England enters its second national lockdown on Thursday 5 November, after recording another 23,254 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday, 2 November. The Prime Minister hopes to ease restrictions after four weeks, providing the cases have reduced.
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