Britain’s Prince Charles Tests Positive for Coronavirus

AUCKLAND - NOV 08 2015:Prince of Wales (C) visit in Auckland New Zealand.He is the oldest person to be next-in-line to become king of Great Britain. — Photo by lucidwaters

The British royal family has been hit by coronavirus after Prince Charles contracted the illness.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” said a statement released Wednesday by British royal residence, Clarence House. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s son and heir to the throne is now self-isolating in Scotland on the Queen’s Balmoral estate.

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His office said the prince, 71, is only showing mild symptoms right now. He hasn’t been to a hospital, but he does have a small staff on hand to help him. The staff is also reportedly taking precautions to remain safe.

The royal family offered no details on how he contracted COVID-19 but acknowledged his busy schedule and public events lately could have exposed him.

The Queen, 93, is said to be in “good health” while following all appropriate advice, said a Buckingham Palace spokesperson on Wednesday.

Prince Charles was last seen publicly at an awards ceremony in the palace in London on March 12. CNN reported that a royal source told them the Prince was advised that he’s been contagious since March 13. The cable news network also reported that he had several private meetings with individuals who have been notified about his status.

Prince Charles was tested on Monday; he got results back the next day according to CNN’s source.  They also add, he was tested because of his age and medical history.

A royal source told CNN, “the Prince has spoken to the Queen and his sons, William and Harry. He also continues to work from home; he remains in good spirits.”

His wife Camilla, 72, the Duchess of Cornwall, is currently self-isolating separately from her husband after testing negative for coronavirus, Clarence House said.