What Symptoms of COVID-19 Did Prince Charles Have?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started taking shape around the world in January. Since then, many folks have been diagnosed with the disease, including numerous celebrities and royals.

Prince Charles is one person who found himself testing positive for the novel coronavirus. The virus does not affect everyone in the same way, but there are generally common symptoms found among COVID-19 patients. As such, fans are probably curious to know which symptoms Charles experienced.

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Prince Charles’ diagnosis was revealed in March

On March 25, Clarence House released a statement revealing that Charles had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” the statement read, as reported by 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.”

Clarence House also went on to share that his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was tested as well, saying: “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland… 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.”

Prince Charles’ COVID-19 symptoms

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Clarence House’s statement only revealed Charles had “mild symptoms,” so the public did not know much about the exact COVID-19 symptoms the prince experienced.

However, recently, Charles decided to share some information about what COVID-19 was like for him. On a visit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with his wife, Charles was heard elaborating on his symptoms.

“The Prince of Wales also spoke to staff about losing his sense of taste and smell when he had #coronavirus and said he is still feeling the effects of the virus now. Many weeks later,” tweeted Chris Ship, a royal reporter who was at the event.

Prince Charles has been practicing social distancing

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Following his diagnosis, Charles was put into self-isolation away from everyone, including Camilla. Although Charles and Camilla could not see each other for several days, they were reportedly both quarantining at Birkhall House in Scotland.

Since Charles only presented mild symptoms, he was not severely ill and could still enjoy different activities around the house. In an essay for Country Life, Charles shared that, like many folks, he had been making use of technology in self-isolation.

“We have seen the very best use of technology — allowing us to keep working, but also to keep in touch through virtual parties, games, singing — and some of the funniest videos I have seen for a long time!” Charles wrote.

His son, Prince William, also revealed in an interview with the BBC that their family had been keeping in touch with one another despite being physically far apart.

In any case, Charles and Camilla recently moved back to London. Even though lockdown measures are in still place in the U.K., this move is seen as a sign the couple will resume more royal duties soon.