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The Duke of Cambridge had COVID in April

Photo: Charlie Proctor/Royal Central

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly battled COVID-19 in April of this year after his father and the Prime Minister had contracted the virus.

Prince William didn’t make his diagnosis public because he did not want to worry the public after both the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister had revealed they had caught the virus. He reportedly told someone at an engagement, “There were important things going on, and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”

The Duke isolated at home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with his family and was treated by the palace doctors. He continued to undertake engagements remotely during the month via video and telephone.

Speaking to the Sun, a source said: “William was hit pretty hard by the virus – it really knocked him for six. At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously, everyone around him was pretty panicked.

“After seeing medics and testing positive – which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is – William was determined it should be business as usual though. He was determined to fulfill his engagements.”

Prince William is the fourth royal to have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Prince Albert of Monaco was the first, followed by the Prince of Wales and Prince Joachim of Belgium. Prince William’s uncle, Charles Spencer (the younger brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales) also suffered from the disease earlier this year.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.