Prince Joachim of Belgium has been given a fine of €10,400 for breaking quarantine measures in Spain.
Prince Joachim tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting Córdoba. He had travelled there after flying to Madrid from Belgium without going into quarantine for two weeks as required. It was initially reported that a private party he attended had more than 15 people present and gatherings with over 15 people are also not allowed. This later turned out not to be the case.
He actually attended two separate parties, during which he came into contact with 27 people who all had to be quarantined following his diagnosis. At least one other person has since been diagnosed with COVID-19. The fine is solely based on him not going into quarantine.
Prince Joachim is the youngest son of King Philippe’s sister, Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. He is currently 10th in the Belgian line of succession. Not much is known about his private life, but it has been reported that he is dating a Spanish woman living in Córdoba.
He later apologised for not respecting the quarantine measures, “I apologise for not respecting all quarantine measures during my trip. In these difficult times, I did not want to offend anyone. I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences. Joachim from Belgium.”