Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after he displayed “mild symptoms” and is now self-isolating, his office said on Wednesday.
The 71-year-old heir to the British throne is self-isolating in Scotland with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested negative for the deadly virus which has claimed 422 lives in the UK.
The Royals were tested on Monday after they had flown out to Scotland in a jet on Sunday and the royal couple have remained there since then. “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 statement said. Charles last met 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II “briefly” on March 12, who has been based at Windsor Castle with husband Prince Philip, 98, for nearly a week now. “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,” Buckingham Palace said. It is not known whether the Queen has been tested for coronavirus.