Prince William’s coronavirus heartbreak laid bare to Royal Family with public kept in dark – Express

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This week, it was reported the Duke of Cambridge contracted COVID-19 in April, not long after his dad, Prince Charles. A source said the the royal was “hit pretty hard by the virus – it really knocked him for six”.

The Duke reportedly kept his positive case secret from the public because “he just didn’t want to worry people”.

However, William did not keep his positive test results hidden from royals.

One royal source had told Vanity Fair the Duke’s case “was not secret amongst the family”.

They also appeared to dispute claims made by the Sun’s source, insisting the Duke “actually coped pretty well with the virus” and was not bed-ridden.

Indeed, it is thought William continued to work through most of the illness, conducting over a dozen calls.

The source added the Queen became concerned that both her son and her grandson had fallen ill with COVID-19.

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Prince Charles became the first royal to fall ill with COVID-19 in late March.

The 71-year-old said a few months later he “got away with it quite lightly”.

Around the same time, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also fell ill with the virus and was subsequently hospitalised.

Meanwhile, news of William’s coronavirus case has reportedly led to questions about why the Royal Family did not publicly announce it.

One Kensington Palace source has said the fact the Prime Minister was in hospital was one reason the news was kept under wraps.

They told The Telegraph: “People were scared. People were already worried enough without us adding to that.”

Despite the alleged coronavirus case, Prince William took part in a number of high-profile engagements during the month of April, after the UK had been placed in national lockdown.

On April 16, the Duke spoke via video call to staff at the newly-opened NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham to congratulate them on the project.

William said: “The building you are standing in is yet another example of how people across the country have risen to this unprecedented challenge.

“The Nightingale hospitals will rightly go down as landmarks in the history of the NHS.”

Later that month, he appeared alongside comedian Stephen Fry in a Blackadder-theme television sketch for Comic Relief.

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