PUBLISHED: 11:00, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:00, Mon, Nov 2, 2020
Prince William contracted COVID-19, a source revealed today, a shock for the UK as he became the second royal to suffer from the disease. His father and heir to the throne Prince Charles announced he had contracted the virus before him earlier this year. People have rushed to criticise the Prince, citing mistrust at a flashpoint for British society which requires public confidence.
Prince William contracted COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic in spring.
The Duke of Cambridge fell ill with the virus in April, just days after his father revealed his own positive diagnosis.
He received treatment from palace doctors at his Norfolk residence of Anmer Hall, and the source revealed it had a profound effect on the Prince.
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They said he "struggled to breathe" but remained determined to carry out his duties from self-isolation.
They 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.
"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