Prince Charles Tested Positive for Coronavirus, What Could This Mean for the Monarchy?

Prince Charles, first in line for the throne in the UK, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first of the British royals to come down with the virus that is sweeping across the world. As the virus has had more dire effects on the elderly, people have been greatly concerned about Charles given the fact that he’s 71. If Charles’ condition gets worse, what could this mean for the monarchy?

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Charles tests positive for coronavirus

News broke earlier today that Charles had tested positive for the virus.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” a spokesperson told CNN. “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 Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. Per Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”

Sources told People that Charles has not been to the hospital and that his symptoms are unlikely to develop into a more serious case of COVID-19.

“Both of them remain in good spirits,” the source said. “There is a sense of keeping calm and carrying on. The duchess is concerned for him but she is aware of his own good spirits and therefore is keeping a close eye on him and mindful of her own situation.”

Was the Queen in contact with Prince Charles?

When the news was announced, people were immediately concerned for Charles, but also for Queen Elizabeth II, who is 93 years old.

Charles started feeling symptoms this past weekend and was tested on Monday. He last saw the Queen on March 12th.

“Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare,” the spokesperson said.

Charles is isolating

Both Charles and Camilla are isolating themselves at Birkhall, which is their home on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. They are each isolating separately. They do have a small amount of staff in the house helping them through the isolation.

What does this mean for the British royals

Right now, Charles’ symptoms aren’t preventing him from doing any work and he is continuing his duties from home. Prince William has already begun to take on more of a leadership role while his father and the Queen take special care of their health.

Should anything happen to his father, Prince William will become the heir apparent, which means he would become the King of England once the Queen steps down or passes away.

In the meantime, William would probably receive the title, Prince of Wales, which is a title that is typically given to the next male in line. William would not take his father’s title of the Duke of Cornwall, as that is reserved for the monarch’s oldest son.

Let’s hope that none of this comes to fruition and Prince Charles is able to make a speedy recovery.