The first member of the British royal family has tested positive for coronavirus: Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the throne.
Just two weeks ago, Prince Charles was spotted mingling with folks at a Australian Bushfire relief dinner, even though the Archduke of Austria had tested positive and the King and Queen of Spain awaited test results at the time. Even Queen Elizabeth was out and about, shaking hands with no gloves, insisting that everything was just “business as usual.”
But that was before many other countries and cities like London and New York went on lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Prince Charles, who had taken to bowing to those he met instead of giving out handshakes at public events, eventually decided to cancel an international tour of three countries slated for the rest of the month.
As of this morning, Clarence House has confirmed that Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus, likely because of “the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” but that he “remains in good health.” Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative.
The couple are now isolating in Scotland. The last time Prince Charles had contact with the Queen was on March 12. Buckingham Palace stated that the Queen is also currently “in good health.”
On March 19, the Queen issued a statement that she and her husband, Prince Philip, would move to Windsor Castle earlier than expected in an attempt to distance themselves from the spread of the virus. It was lauded as a smart move for the two, seeing as they are both 93 and 98 years old, respectively, and the virus is reportedly more dangerous for older people.