PUBLISHED: 10:50, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:55, Mon, Nov 2, 2020
The Duke of Cambridge was left “struggling to breath” after contracting the virus, but kept his illness secret so as not to alarm the nation. He was treated by palace doctors and followed Government guidelines by isolating at the family home Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. It came not long after his father Prince Charles was diagnosed and suffered “mild symptoms”.
However, in early March, William joked about “spreading coronavirus” on the first evening of a three-day royal trip to Ireland with Kate Middleton.
He also questioned whether the media had “hyped up” the discourse around COVID-19 while meeting emergency workers at a reception in Dublin hosted by the British ambassador to Ireland.
Speaking to Joe Mooney, an advanced paramedic with the National Ambulance Service, William said: “I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying’, and you’re like ‘no, you’ve just got a cough.’”
The second-in-line to the throne added: “It does seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment.
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Prince William joked about spreading coronavirus in March (Image: GETTY)
Prince William and Kate Middleton in Dublin (Image: GETTY)
“Is it being a little hyped up, do you think, by the media?”
In another video clip from the event, the Duke was heard saying: “By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, sorry.
“We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop.”
While Prince William’s casual attitude towards coronavirus reflected many people’s views in early March, it was just two and a half weeks before the national lockdown started on March 23.
Prince William speaking to paramedic Joe Mooney about coronavirus (Image: NBC)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge self-isolated in Anmer Hall near Sandringham with their three children for the duration of the first lockdown.
Explaining why he did not tell the public about his diagnosis, William told one observer at an engagement: “There