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Prince William, 38, tested positive for coronavirus in April, it has emerged. The Sun newspaper said William continued with his telephone and video engagements and told one observer he had not wanted to worry anyone. But ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship has discussed William’s “unwise” coronavirus comments during a royal engagement in Dublin.
While meeting members of the public in Dublin, the Prince told someone: “It does seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment.
“Is it being a little bit hyped up, do you think, in the media?
“I bet everyone’s like, ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying’.
“And you’re like, ‘no you’ve just got a cough.”
Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan said: “Quite ironic really, what Prince William was caught saying there.
“He got criticsed at the time and it was about two to three weeks later that he himself goes down with quite a rough bout of it.”
Mr Ship added: “I think even when he looked back at that, you just see how things moved so dramatically.
“We were in a reception with no mask, we’re inside, we’re all very close together. Things did change very quickly in March.
“I think in hindsight perhaps he looked back at those comments and perhaps regrets them.
“I would say things moved pretty quickly. Probably by the end of it, we were going into lockdown, his dad had coronavirus and he got it a month later.
“But I think in hindsight those words were not particularly wise.”
According to The Sun, William said he did not tell anyone about his positive test result because “there were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone” and he was “determined it should be business as usual”.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being treated in intensive care in a London hospital in April after contracting coronavirus, last night praising the team at St Thomas’ Hospital who saved his life, while the Prince of Wales was in quarantine in March.
The newspaper said William was treated by Palace doctors and followed Government guidelines by isolating at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, carrying out 14 telephone and video call engagements during April.
It was unclear last night why Kensington Palace would have kept secret a positive test by William, as information was given about the Prince of Wales.
The fact he continued with his engagements suggests any symptoms would have been mild.
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