How Did Prince Charles Tell Prince William and Prince Harry About His Coronavirus Diagnosis?

The royal family recently announced that Prince Charles has contracted the novel coronavirus. Palace officials assured the public that Charles has only experienced “mild symptoms” and is currently in good health. While royal watchers hope for the best for the heir to the throne, fans have been wondering how Prince William and Prince Harry learned about their father’s illness.

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The royals confirm Prince Charles has coronavirus

The royal family has taken measures to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 among their ranks. This includes canceling future events and remaining in self-isolation until the pandemic is under control.

Despite these measures, Clarence House recently confirmed that Prince Charles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to Hello Magazine, officials revealed that the 71-year-old is in “good health” and is remaining at home until he recovers.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. 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,” the statement reads.

The statement noted that Camilla Parker Bowles has also undergone testing for the virus and does not have it at this time. Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are currently staying at their estate in Scotland, where they will remain for several weeks.

The NHS administered the test on Prince Charles, who appeared in public as recently as last week. Given his advanced age, Charles has a higher risk of suffering serious symptoms from the virus.

How did Prince Charles get the coronavirus?

It remains unclear how Charles contracted the coronavirus. The Prince of Wales conducted numerous public engagements over the past few weeks, so there is no telling where he may have gotten it.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” Clarence House added.

Charles is the only member of the British royal family who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Other royals around the world have gotten the virus, including Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Henrik of Denmark.

Prior to Prince Charles’ positive test, the royals canceled all of their pubic engagements for the next few weeks and will likely cancel more if the pandemic is not under control by then.

With most of the senior members of the monarchy in self-isolation, the chances of them spreading the coronavirus to each other are pretty slim. Hopefully, Charles has a speedy recovery and the rest of the royals can avoid catching the virus.

How did Prince William and Prince Harry find out about Charles’ diagnosis?

In light of the pandemic, most members of the royal family are practicing social distancing. William is staying at his country estate in Norfolk with his wife, Kate Middleton, and three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Harry, meanwhile, is residing in Canada with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie Harrison. The couple is staying in a home on Vancouver Island.

With the royals currently in isolation, Prince Charles reportedly told William and Harry about his diagnosis over the phone. The conversation is believed to have transpired right before Clarence House issued the statement.

William and Harry were lasted spotted with Prince Charles on March 9. This is several days before doctors believe Charles was contagious, so the chances that they contracted the novel coronavirus from him are pretty low.

At this time, we do not know if William and Harry have been tested for the virus.

Is Queen Elizabeth at risk for contracting COVID-19?

Doctors are not sure when Charles became contagious, but the best guess is that he was infectious around March 13. According to Express, this is one day after he appeared at a public engagement and met with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

“Doctors’ most conservative estimate is that the Prince is likely to have been contagious from around March 13 – the day after he carried out his last official public engagement,” Rhiannon Mills shared. “People will also wonder when was the last time he saw his mother, Her Majesty the Queen, the last time the Queen met with the Prince was very briefly on March 12.”

This has raised concerns about the chances that Queen Elizabeth contracted the novel coronavirus from Prince Charles. Buckingham Palace recently released a statement on the matter, assuring royal watchers that Her Majesty “remains in good health.”

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Queen Elizabeth has not been tested for the virus, likely because she has not displayed any symptoms. Her Majesty is currently staying at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip. Palace officials added that they will not be releasing any more information about Queen Elizabeth’s health.

We can only hope that Queen Elizabeth did not catch COVID-19 from Prince Charles and that the rest of the royal family stays healthy in the weeks and months to come.