AGENCIES, London: Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus on Monday but remains in good health, Clarence House announced on Wednesday. Septagenerian Prince Charles was tested for the virus in Scotland, where he is with the Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative. The royal couple were sent to Balmoral in Scotland in a bid to protect them against the coronavirus a few days ago.
The prince had travelled to Birkhall on Sunday and he was tested on Monday. Charles’s last public engagement was on March 12, but he did have a number of private meetings with Highgrove and Duchy individuals, all of whom have been made aware.
A source said his doctor’s most conservative estimate was that the prince was contagious on March 13.
A spokesperson for Clarence House said: “In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. 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”.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are in their 70s and that puts them in the high-risk bracket. Boris Johnson’s government has advised for people that age or above to self-quarantine for 12 weeks.
The Queen also released a statement, which read: “We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.