Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince William suffered from coronavirus earlier this year, but kept it a secret to avoid "alarming" the public. The second-in-line to the throne is believed to have contracted the virus just days after his father, Prince Charles, announced he had tested positive.
It's reported that 38-year-old Prince William suffered with some bad symptoms of COVID-19, which left him "struggling to breathe." He is believed to have received medical treatment for the illness, but has gone on to make a recovery and has appeared in public numerous times since.
The Sun broke the news that the future king had been struck down by the virus that's gripped the world and cost over 1.1 million lives globally. He revealed the information to someone at a recent engagement, and explained why the decision was taken to keep his diagnosis a secret from the public. "There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone," the Prince is reported to have said.
During April, when the Duke of Cambridge contracted coronavirus, the country's Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also battling the illness in intensive care. It was the peak of the death toll in the United Kingdom, with over one thousand lives being lost each day to COVID-19.
Despite being seen by palace doctors, and isolating at his Norfolk family home, Anmer Hall, in accordance with government rules, Prince William still carried out 14 telephone and video call engagements during the month of April. Although the virus is said to have "knocked him for six," he felt it should be "business as usual" so as not to worry anyone.
Speaking to the BBC's Tina Daheley back in April - the month in which William was ill himself - the Duke opened up about how worried he was following Prince Charles' positive COVID test. He neglected to mention, however, that he, too, had come down with symptoms. "I have to admit at first I was quite concerned. He fits the profile of somebody - at the age he’s at - which is fairly risky, and so I was a little bit worried," William shared at the time. Thankfully, Prince Charles also went on to make a quick recovery.
While Prince William is now known to have suffered with coronavirus, it's doesn't seem as though his wife Kate Middleton and the couple's three young children - Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 - caught it.
The experience, concerning as it was for William, has left him with an even greater understanding of how important it is to keep infection rates down. "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 seriously," said a source.
Round two it is.
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