The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating, Clarence House has said, in spite of being triple-jabbed, religiously observing mask mandates and having had it before. MailOnline has more.
Aides said the prince was found to be positive during a routine test – which suggested he was experiencing no strong symptoms – but they declined to go into further details on his medical condition.
A message on the prince’s official Twitter page read: “This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating.
“HRH is deeply disappointed not to be able to attend today’s events in Winchester and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible.”
Both he and the Duchess of Cornwall have been taking regular tests before engagements and Clarence House said Camilla had a negative test on Thursday. Under current Covid rules, although she lives with Charles, Camilla is not required to self-isolate as she is also fully vaccinated.
A spokesman added: “The Duchess of Cornwall has routinely tested negative today. She is on a separate series of engagements from the Prince of Wales.”
While in the past, Covid rules would have dictated that all those who had come into contact with the prince must self-isolate, it is no longer a requirement.
It comes a day after Boris Johnson announced he plans to axe all virus restrictions in England by the end of the month which would mean even those who have tested positive for the virus will not be required to self-isolate, “provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue”.
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Stop Press: Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford has also tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, the Welsh government has said. Like Prince Charles, he’s been triple-jabbed and is a fanatical mask wearer. BBC News has more.