Prince William 'secretly battled coronavirus in April'
Prince William ‘secretly battled coronavirus in April’ – days after his father Charles contracted it – and was left ‘struggling to breathe’
Prince William secretly battled coronavirus in April – days after his father Charles contracted it – and was left ‘struggling to breathe,’ according to a report.
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, did not reveal he was sick because he didn’t want to alarm the public.
William caught the virus in April after the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Boris Johnson fell ill.
The Duke was treated by palace physicians and quarantined at the family home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
‘There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone,’ the Duke said at an engagement, according to The Sun.
Prince William, President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, during a visit to The Royal Marsden in Sutton to meet staff and patient on October 21
That month, William continued working and made 14 telephone and video calls despite sources revealing he was rocked by the disease.
A source told The Sun: ‘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 fulfil his engagements.’
Following the news that his father and the Prime Minister had both fallen ill, William believed that going public with his sickness would only add to the nation’s anxieties.
As the Queen gave her impassioned ‘We Will Meet Again’ address, the Duke decided it would be better not to add to Britain’s strain, sources said.
And despite the impact the virus had on him, the father-of-three continued to contact frontline NHS workers to tell them how ‘proud’ he was of their commitment.
On April 16, he opened Birmingham’s Nightingale Hospital via video link and praised staff there for their ‘wonderful example.’
Just days later he appeared on Comic Relief in a pre-recorded sketch alongside Stephen Fry.
He was also filmed outside Anmer Hall leading Kate, 38, and their children George, 7, Charlotte, 5, and Louis, 2, in the ‘Clap for Carers.’
The MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.
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