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The Netherlands

Prince Constantijn says he feels ‘like a pariah’ after going into isolation over coronavirus contact

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Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands has gone into quarantine after ‘close contact’ with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus. The brother of King Willem-Alexander said he felt like a ‘pariah’ after discovering he had to self isolate.

Constantijn confirmed he was quarantining in a message on Twitter. He said he had gone into self isolation after being in what he described as ‘close contact’ with a person who had now been diagnosed with coronavirus. He added ”Feel like a pariah who is afraid to pass on something that I probably don’t have at all”. And he shared his concerns about whether he had been careful enough in the run up to the discovery, saying ”Wondering if I kept enough distance, washed my hands .. Think so”.

The prince made his announcement on September 18th, just three days after taking part in events marking Prinsjesdag. Constantijn arrived at the Grote Kerk in The Hague for the ceremony with his wife, Princess Laurentien, with whom he sat throughout the speech given by his brother. However, the couple were socially distanced from everyone else in attendance and in keeping with coronavirus restrictions, there was no handshaking or close contact with others at the ceremony.

Constatijn also said that the contact which had led to his isolation took place a week ago meaning he would have to quarantine for a further three days before being given the all clear.

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