Prince William contracted the virus soon after Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced they were infected.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected people all over the world. However, when famous people get it, there is a special spotlight on them. And to avoid that spotlight Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge kept mum about it.
According to BBC News, the palace sources stated William contracted the virus in April 2020. The news was first reported by The Sun. The outlet reported that the Prince kept it away from the public as he did not want to alarm the country.
The Duke of Cambridge tested positive for coronavirus in April but it was kept quiet as he 'didn't want to worry anyone'https://t.co/W11WZVs5lb— LBC (@LBC) November 2, 2020
William was reportedly affected by the virus soon after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his father, Prince Charles contracted the virus. He knew the public would panic if the news of his illness broke out too. So, he refrained from announcing it.
"The Queen delivered her 'We Will Meet Again' address, and he just didn't want to worry people. He felt there were more important things going on in the country," said a source to The Sun. Reportedly, the 38-year-old Prince said, "There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”
Meanwhile, sources told The Sun that the Prince had a hard time dealing with the symptoms of the virus. "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," said the source.
They added, "After seeing medics and testing positive - which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is.."
William battled the virus in secrethttps://t.co/9eH0gohP40— RSVP Magazine (@RSVPMagazine) November 2, 2020
The Duke was monitored by the palace doctors. He isolated himself at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. However, despite the health difficulties, the Prince was keen on fulfilling his duties and completing his engagements.
He carried out 14 telephone and video call engagements during April. "William was determined it should be business as usual though. He was determined to fulfill his engagements," said the source, according to The Sun.
He called the NHS heroes at Queen's Hospital Burton on April 1, 2020, and encouraged the colleagues of consultant Amged El-Hawrani, who died of the virus after treating the pandemic patients. He told the medical experts that he was proud of their determination and hard work.
William then went on a break for around a week after 9 April. However, he got back to work once again on 16 April. He inaugurated the Nightingale Hospital Birmingham via a video link. He told them it was a "wonderful example" of the "pulling together", amid the pandemic. On April 23, William appeared on Comic Relief and brought some smiles to people despite the fears of the pandemic in the country. Apart from these engagements, the Prince spoke of mental health and had a phone call with the Crown Prince of Jordan.
Prince William tested positive for coronavirus in April, British media reports: Unlike his father, Prince Charles, who announced a positive Covid-19 test in March, William, 38, kept his diagnosis secret. https://t.co/FLNMM3xbIS— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) November 2, 2020
According to sources, the Prince's experience with coronavirus helped him understand the intensity of the pandemic. "But as a result of his own experiences, he realizes absolutely anyone can catch this awful disease - and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown seriously," said the source.
Meanwhile, Kensington Palace, the office and home of Prince William did not comment on the news officially.