Prince Charles’ Coronavirus Diagnosis Has Royal Watchers Concerned for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Royal watchers are worried about the possibility that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have contracted the coronavirus following Prince Charles’ positive test results. The royals just confirmed that Charles, 71, has contracted COVID-19 and is now in self-quarantine. Given how Charles recently appeared in public with Harry and Meghan, fans are wondering if they are at risk as well.
Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus
Buckingham Palace recently confirmed that Charles has tested positive for COVID-19. The royals do not know how Charles contracted the virus, mainly because of the number of people he has come into contact with over the past few weeks.
While Charles is in the early stages of the virus, the palace assured royal watchers that he is in self-isolation and is doing well. The Prince of Wales is currently at Birkhall, where he is expected to remain for several weeks.
Exactly when a person becomes contagious remains uncertain, but doctors believe that Prince Charles could have been passing the virus along as early as March 13. According to Express, this is one day after Charles visited Queen Elizabeth.
“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,” royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills shared.
This timeline has raised concerns over other members of the royal family who may have come in contact with Charles. His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, has tested negative for the coronavirus and is distancing herself from him.
When was Prince Charles’ last public engagement?
The last time Charles took part in a public engagement was on March 12. The Prince of Wales was present for a dinner at Mansion House in support of a bushfire relief charity.
At some point prior to the dinner, Charles and Queen Elizabeth held a private meeting at Buckingham Palace. It is unclear what the two discussed, but that puts Charles and Her Majesty in the same room a day before doctors believe he was contagious.
The doctors are not 100 percent positive when Prince Charles may have been contagious, and we still do not know if he and Queen Elizabeth made any physical contact. Charles has been avoiding handshakes in recent weeks, so it is likely that they observed social distancing measures.
Charles has reportedly been in contact with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who have been very supportive. Harry, of course, is currently in Canada with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie Harrison.
Fans worry about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s health
Following the announcement, fans raised concerns about Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, health. The couple wrapped up their final round of public engagements on March 9, when they appeared alongside Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Day service.
“Did Harry know and Meghan know? If Charles got this thing that’s like all the Royals got to be in danger now surely #CoronavirusLockdown,” one fan wrote, while another added, “He better stay the F away from her majesty the queen and Prince Harry and the amazing Meghan Markle.”
Meghan immediately returned to Canada after the event. Harry reunited with his family a few days later. The Sussexes have been in Canada ever since and are now self-isolating as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.
Considering how doctors believe that Prince Charles was not contagious until March 13, Harry and Meghan had a very low risk of contracting the coronavirus from him.
Even still, there is always the possibility that they got the virus from somebody else, as we still do not know how Charles contracted it in the first place. Hopefully, Harry and Meghan are safe and are in good health.
Has Queen Elizabeth been tested?
With Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth being in the same room a day before he was contagious, royal experts believe that Her Majesty should get tested just in case.
According to Express, royal expert Sarah Campbell raised the question about Queen Elizabeth being tested, especially considering how she is in her 90s. If Her Majesty contracted the disease, there is a high chance that she would suffer serious side effects.
“This does beg the question has the Queen been tested,” Campbell stated. “The statement on Prince Charles has just been released and we are expecting to get some more details about this.”
The royal family has taken precautions against getting the coronavirus. Last week, the royals canceled several events and are expected to make more cancelations unless the pandemic takes a major turn for the good.
Queen Elizabeth has also left Buckingham Palace as is currently staying at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip. The two are no longer accepting audiences and are expected to remain out of the public eye for several weeks.
Prince Charles is in self-quarantine in Scotland.