Kate Middleton is currently self-isolating after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Kensington Palace released an official statement confirming the news, ahead of her scheduled appearance at Buckingham Palace for the NHS Big Tea, which husband Prince William later attended alone.
'Last week the Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19,' the Palace explained. 'Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.'
Kate, who had been due to spend the day with the Duke of Cambridge to mark the 73rd anniversary of the NHS, has now received both doses of the vaccine — and according to the Palace, takes two rapid flow tests per week. However, her busy week of engagements has meant her exposure to the virus has evidently increased.
The duchess was seen attending Wimbledon last Friday, as part of her role as patron of the Lawn Tennis Association. While she was there she visited the kitchens, to find out more about how the site made and distributed hot meals during the height of the pandemic. She also attended the Euros Football Championships last week, alongside Prince William and their eldest son Prince George.
Back in November 2020, William revealed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier that year, around the same time as his father, Prince Charles. He decided to keep his diagnosis secret, so as not to alarm the nation.
'There were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone,' he reportedly explained, according to The Sun.
The Duke was treated by doctors at Anmer Hall and followed the government guidelines, by isolating at home in Norfolk. He reportedly felt breathless but quickly made a full recovery, even continuing with his royal duties where he could — appearing with Kate on a video call with a primary school, towards the end of April when he was feeling better.
Kate — who has never had a publicly confirmed Covid scare before — posted a picture of her first dose of the vaccine to social media back in May, just a few days after her husband received his.
Writing on the official Duke and Duchess of Cambridge social media accounts: 'Yesterday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at London’s Science Museum. I'm hugely grateful to everyone who is playing a part in the rollout - thank you for everything you are doing.'
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