The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are now self-isolating at their home in Scotland.
Clarence House confirmed that 71-year-old Prince Charles has tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25. According to the official statement, the Prince of Wales had shown mild symptoms prior to getting tested. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, was also checked for the virus -- she tested negative.
"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. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland," read the official statement, as reported by BBC.
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"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing. 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."
The Royal couple will stay at their home Burnham on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, becomes the second head of state to contract coronavirus, first being Prince Albert. It is not sure where Prince Charles caught the virus, but reports claim it may have been around the time he met Prince Albert of Monaco when they had met earlier this month. Just nine days prior, the duo met at a WaterAid event in London.
According to The Sun, he was last seen publicly during a reception and dinner in a fundraising event for the Australian bushfire relief efforts at Mansion House in London on 12 March. Three days earlier, Prince Charles had met the Queen at Westminster Abbey when senior royals including Prince William and Prince Harry went for the Commonwealth Service.
According to BBC, many staff members at Birkhall - Charles' residence on the Balmoral estate, are now in self-isolation at their own homes. Prince Charles spoke to the Queen and his sons after his test results came positive and he is in good spirits, the report said.
Meanwhile, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth was moved to Windsor Castle as the coronavirus cases started increasing in the UK. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said, "Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly on the morning of March 12 and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare." Another Palace spokeswoman earlier this month said that "future events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis taking into account the appropriate advice."
Breaking this morning: Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the queen remains in good health. pic.twitter.com/ek2lWIuhjG— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 25, 2020
The news of the senior Royal testing positive comes at a time when the UK has been battling the coronavirus pandemic with over 422 deaths among 8077 confirmed cases so far. As fears of the pandemic continue to spread, medics in the UK are working "round the clock" to prevent an increase in the number of cases.