Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus “but otherwise remains in good health,” Clarence House said. Queen Elizabeth II’s son, the heir to the British throne, has been experiencing mild symptoms. He’s self-isolating in Scotland. His wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has not been tested for the virus.
The Prince didn’t know how he contracted the virus. Though he’s doing well, the Daily Beast reported the prince had a “bad cough,” and cited an anonymous insider. They’re “not very worried” about Prince Charles becoming gravely ill from the virus, which has eclipsed 438,000 confirmed cases and led to the deaths of nearly 20,000 people worldwide.
“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” Clarence House said in a statement. “The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.”
The official added: “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 Duke and Duchess arrived in Scotland on Sunday and he tested positive Tuesday.
As noted by the Daily Beast, the royal family has had a protocol for pandemics that dates back to the 1665 Great Plague. They’re following the plan by splitting themselves up in an attempt to ensure members who are in direct line of succession do not become infected.
While Prince Charles and Camilla are in Scotland, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are in Norfolk. As it’s been reported and Harry and Meghan Markle are in Canada. The Queen and Prince Philip are self-isolating in Winsor Castle.
The Queen Remains In Good Health
The Royal Palace last week said 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth was canceling public events as a precaution. She and 98-year-old Prince Philip moved back Windsor Castle on Thursday, a week earlier than they had expected.
In a statement, the Queen said the world was entering “a period of great concern and uncertainty.” She cautioned that people need to “find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe.”
Prince Charles’ last public engagement was on March 12 at a fundraiser for help with relief and recovery effort for the Australian bushfire. Queen Elizabeth II also attended the event. That was reportedly the last time they saw each other. The Queen was wearing gloves for the event. Instead of shaking hands, Charles avoided bodily contact by greeting people with steepled fingers.
The queen had been carrying out royal duties and meeting with people recently as March 18.
No One Is Immune
Prince Charles’ biographer, Penny Junor, told the Daily Beast the royal heir didn’t stop his royal duties until he was “forcibly” forbid from continuing. “It just shows nobody is immune; other world leaders have got it so why not the heir to the throne?” she said.
The biographer was confident Charles would recover. “He is a strong, fit man. He is very diet conscious, he exercises, he is slim, he doesn’t have asthma, and has never smoked. He doesn’t really have any health issues apart from a bad back from several polo falls,” she said. “Of course, he will be having top-notch medical care, but still, it is very scary.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Issues a Stay-at-Home Order
After initially having lax regulations toward the coronavirus pandemic, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday banned people from leaving their homes, aside from “very limited” reasons. It’s the tightest restrictions the county has seen since World War II.
“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction—you must stay at home,” Johnson said. “Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”
Gyms, shops and places of worship will close. Social gatherings—including weddings but not funerals—will be delayed.
“People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes,” he added, listing four reasons for which citizens can go outside; shopping for basic necessities, doing one form of exercise a day, providing medical services, or going to work if it is absolutely vital,” the prime minister said.
People in the U.K. are only permitted to leave their homes for essential needs, like getting food, medicine and necessary supplies. “That’s all—these are the only reasons you should leave your home. You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say ‘No.’ You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home,” he said.
“If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce them,” the PM added.