Nearly two years after first contracting the coronavirus, Charles of England, eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the British throne, has been re-infected with the disease. This has been announced by the palace through his social networks.
The Twitter account of Clarence House He has communicated at one in the afternoon that Carlos, 73, “has tested positive for covid-19 this morning and is now in isolation.” Furthermore, he adds that the Prince of Wales is “deeply disappointed that he will not be able to attend the events scheduled for today in Winchester and looks forward to rescheduling his visit as soon as possible.” Carlos was going to go to Winchester to unveil a statue in the center of the city and visit his castle, according to his schedule. At the moment no further details of the health status of the heir have been given.
As sources from Buckingham Palace have explained and as collected by the magazine Hello!, the health of Isabel II is being “monitored”, since apparently Carlos was with his mother a few days ago; some sources point to Tuesday, just two days before testing positive. The sovereign, for the moment, has no symptoms.
On Wednesday night, the day before testing positive, Charles of England attended an act of the British-Asian Trust in London, an institution that tries to unite ties between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia and that the prince himself founded in 2007 , and which took place in the British Museum in London. There he was with his wife, Camilla of Cornwall, and also posed in the photo call, greeted many attendees and gave a speech. In all the images she is seen without a mask. Among those who attended the party and were with Carlos were members of the Government: there were the Minister of the Interior of the United Kingdom, Priti Patel, and the Chancellor of the British Treasury, Rishi Sunak.
At the moment, the state of health of his wife is unknown although, as at the moment nothing has been communicated in this regard, it is assumed that the duchess is negative for the disease.
Charles from England and Camila from Cornwall have all three doses of the coronavirus vaccine; the first one was given to them in February 2021, while the last one was administered to them in December, as they themselves told in a statement in which they encouraged the entire population to get vaccinated. “We can only urge you to look at the obvious in our intensive care units,” they explained then. “Those who are not vaccinated are at least 10 times more likely to be hospitalized or die than those who have two doses.”
The prince is the third member of a European royal family to announce that he has coronavirus in the last few hours. On Wednesday, February 9, Margaret of Denmark, 81, announced that she also suffered from the disease and that she was isolated in her Amalienborg palace in Copenhagen. The day before she had appeared in public to open an exhibition. In addition, King Felipe VI also tested positive on Tuesday, as announced in a statement from the Zarzuela Palace. He has suspended his activities for a week. Meanwhile, both Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofía do not present symptoms and for the moment they will continue with their activities normally. Princess Eleanor is away from her parents, studying in Wales.
Shortly after overcoming the disease, Carlos stated that it had been “a strange, frustrating and often stressful experience, in which it is not possible to count on family or friends and in which the usual structures of life disappear in an instant” . In November 2020 it was learned that in those same months, in April, William of England, his son and second in line to the British throne, had also suffered from coronavirus, but had hidden it. “There were important things to do and I did not want to worry anyone,” said Elizabeth II’s grandson at an official ceremony. So, Guillermo continued with his work, making a dozen phone calls and video calls from his house to contact different social groups, although he had some trouble breathing.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.