Prince William reportedly kept his coronavirus diagnosis a secret for this reason, royal expert claims

EXCLUSIVE: There’s a reason why Prince William may have kept his coronavirus diagnosis a secret from the world.

On Monday, The Sun reported the 38-year-old royal “struggled to breathe” while he battled the novel virus back in April during the early days of the global pandemic. The U.K.-based outlet reported the Duke of Cambridge didn’t speak out about the illness to avoid alarming the public.

“Here in Britain, there is controversy over the fact that we now discovered that he had COVID-19 back at the beginning of the first spike and he concealed it,” royal author Robert Lacey told Fox News. “At the time, the prime minister had coronavirus, his father had coronavirus.”

Lacey, who serves as a historical consultant to the hit Netflix series “The Crown,” recently released a new book titled “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult,” which examines the relationship and alleged feud between Princess Diana’s two sons.

PRINCE WILLIAM FOUGHT OFF CORONAVIRUS IN APRIL: REPORT

Britain's Prince William was reportedly diagnosed with coronavirus in April.

Britain’s Prince William was reportedly diagnosed with coronavirus in April.
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Lacey, who has been writing about the British royal family for 40 years and previously worked at the royal archives, spoke to numerous palace insiders for his latest release.

“[William] decided the world didn’t need him to be the third high-profiled coronavirus victim,” Lacey explained. “He followed all the rules. He did the quarantine, the self-isolating. He did Zoom, even while he was ill, and then got back to work.”

William reportedly tested positive only days after his father, Prince Charles, also tested positive for COVID-19 in late March.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also contracted the virus around the same time. It is currently unclear if any other royals contracted the virus. It is believed William was treated by palace doctors and isolated in his Norfolk family home, Anmer Hall.

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Prince William's father Prince Charles (pictured) was diagnosed with coronavirus in late March.

Prince William’s father Prince Charles (pictured) was diagnosed with coronavirus in late March.
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A source told the outlet that the Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, “was hit pretty hard by the virus.”

“At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked,” they added. “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.”

After April 9, the royal took a weeklong break from phone calls and engagements before virtually opening the Nightingale Hospital Birmingham on April 16.

“People have said this is not right for an heir to the throne to keep this sort of thing a secret,” said Lacey. “He should be open. He’s hiding things from us. I, myself, in this case, do not agree with that criticism. It’s not unconstitutional to choose to be ill in private. He doesn’t have to share his pains and tribulations

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Prince William ‘Tested Positive for COVID-19 in April’



The Duke of Cambridge contracted COVID-19 earlier this year but did not reveal the diagnosis to avoid alarming the nation, it was reported.

It is understood that Prince William tested positive in April, shortly after his father, the Prince of Wales.

According to The Sun , which first reported the story, Prince William was treated by palace doctors, and self-isolated at the family home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

‘Struggling to Breathe’

The newspaper quoted a source who 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.”

In late March, Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolated for 7 days at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative.

The 71-year-old heir to the throne was said to have experienced mild symptoms.

On 27 March, Boris Johnson revealed he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Prime Minister was admitted to hospital on 5 April. He was subsequently moved to intensive care and later thanked healthcare workers for saving his life.

The UK experienced its worst day for deaths from COVID-19 just days later, on 8 April, when a record 1445 people died with the disease in a 24-hour period.

News reports have not identified which date in April Prince William tested positive for COVID-19.

The Prince has not publicly confirmed that he had the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, according to The Sun, he reportedly commented privately at an engagement, “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”

Kensington Palace declined to comment on Sunday over the media reports but did not deny the claims, Sky News reported.

Prince Carried Out Public Engagements

Despite his illness, Prince William carried out a series of telephone and video engagements in April.

These included:

  • 1 April: Telephone calls with staff at Queen’s Hospital, Burton-on-Trent, and staff at University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie

  • 16 April: Opening the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham via video link

  • 22 April: A roundtable meeting to discuss emergency responder mental health and wellbeing via video link

  • 27 April: A telephone call with Victoria Hornby, chief executive officer of Mental Health Innovations

Lockdown Measures

The reports of Prince William’s diagnosis emerged days before England is due to enter a second national lockdown, with 4 weeks of restrictive measures designed to stem a growing number of cases of COVID-19.

Mr Johnson announced at a Downing Street news conference on Saturday that pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops, and places of worship must close.

He said nobody wanted to impose such measures, but no Prime Minister could ignore the expert evidence of a “national problem”, with deaths and hospital admissions continuing to double.

The Prime Minister is due to make a statement to the Commons on Monday afternoon.

MPs are due to vote on the measures on Wednesday.

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Prince William ‘delighted’ to follow in his mother’s footsteps

Watch: Prince William lays foundation stone at Royal Marsden Hospital

Prince William said he was “delighted” to follow in his mother’s footsteps as he laid a foundation stone at the country’s largest cancer hospital.

The Duke of Cambridge visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton to launch a fundraiser for the Oak Cancer Centre, a research and treatment facility, to help them raise the last £8m needed for the centre.

His visit came 30 years after his mother, Diana, laid the foundation stone at the Royal Marsden in Chelsea.

The Royal Marsden Trust, which operates in two London locations, with the Institute of Cancer Research, is Europe’s largest comprehensive cancer centre and sees tens of thousands of patients every year.

During his trip, William also praised the staff for facing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the ground-breaking ceremony for the Oak Cancer Centre at The Royal Marsden hospital in central London on October 21, 2020. (Photo by Jack Hill / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William’s visit came 30 years after his mother visited the hospital’s Chelsea site. (Jack Hill/AFP)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the ground-breaking ceremony for the Oak Cancer Centre at The Royal Marsden hospital in central London on October 21, 2020. (Photo by Jack Hill / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William did the pointing on the stone which will form part of the new centre. (Jack Hill/AFP)
SUTTON, GREATER LONDON - OCTOBER 21: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to staff and patients to mark the construction of the groundbreaking Oak cancer centre at Royal Marsden Hospital on October 21, 2020 in Sutton, Greater London. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The duke spoke to staff and patients during his visit. (Jack Hill – WPA Pool)

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He said: “Every time I visit the Marsden, I am struck not just by the significant advances that are being made in research and treatment, but also by the hope and belief embodied by each patient and member of staff, even in the darkest of times.

“I am personally delighted to be with you today to lay the foundation stone of the Oak Centre, thirty years after my mother did the very same thing at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea, commemorating the building of the Chelsea Wing.”

The duke added: “Earlier this morning I was privileged to meet patients who all spoke about the exceptional care they received, and how they felt safe in very difficult and often frightening times.”

“Despite the challenging times we are living in, it is so important we take the time to acknowledge the tremendous work that continues all around us. And that irrespective of the global pandemic, there remains hope for the many thousands of people dealing with the effects of cancer,” he said.

SUTTON, GREATER LONDON - OCTOBER 21: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to staff and patients to mark the construction of the groundbreaking Oak cancer centre at Royal Marsden Hospital on October 21, 2020 in Sutton, Greater London. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
William gave a speech at the hospital, referencing his mother’s visit three decades ago. (Jack Hill – WPA Pool)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets patients and staff during a visit to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Oak Cancer Centre at The Royal Marsden hospital in central London on October 21, 2020. (Photo by Jack Hill / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
William spoke about the challenges of cancer treatment during COVID-19. (Jack Hill/AFP)

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Following the visit, the Kensington Royal Twitter account shared a picture of William on Wednesday and of Diana, in 1990 when she visited the Chelsea site.

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Prince William Follows in Princess Diana’s Footsteps by Laying Foundation Stone for Cancer Hospital

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Prince William followed in the footsteps of his late mother Princess Diana on Wednesday by laying a foundation stone at a cancer hospital.

The royal took part in the ceremony at the Royal Marsden in Sutton, Surrey, to start the building the Oak Cancer Centre, a state-of-the-art research and treatment facility. It comes 30 years after his mother Diana, who died in 1997, carried out a similar task by laying the ceremonial foundation stone commemorating the Chelsea Wing at The Royal Marsden in central London.

The hospital’s Oak Cancer Centre will place over 400 researchers under the same roof as patients, helping to accelerate the development of new treatments for cancer.

In a speech, William, 38, said, “I am personally delighted to be with you today to lay the foundation stone of the Oak Centre, 30 years after my mother did the very same thing at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea, commemorating the building of the Chelsea Wing.”

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WPA-Rota/Press Association Images Prince William

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He went on to “acknowledge the unimaginable challenges that all those at the Marsden have faced this year,” during the coronavirus pandemic. “The knock-on effects of coronavirus have been felt widely, but the impact on cancer treatment for patients up and down the country has been one of the most acute and challenging.”

During his visit, he met a small group of patients to hear how clinical trials at The Royal Marsden have transformed their lives and to talk about their experiences of receiving treatment during the pandemic.

Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images Princess Diana at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, London

“Earlier this morning I was privileged to meet patients who all spoke about the exceptional care they received, and how they felt safe in very difficult and often frightening times,” he added.

“As well as providing outstanding care, The Royal Marsden continues to be at the cutting edge of cancer research globally. As we heard from Alex, developments in cancer research made here have changed the face of cancer treatment across the world, giving thousands of people a future.”

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William said he was “delighted” to officially break ground on a new building which “will represent a new generation of research-led patient treatment and care. It will bring together some of the world’s best minds to develop new treatments to save and improve the lives of cancer patients throughout the U.K. and around the world.”

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The prince launched the private fundraising phase of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s appeal in November 2015. It has brought in around $80 million. He has now kicked off the launch of the public fundraising which hopes to bring in the last $10 million

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