PUBLISHED: 10:41, Tue, Nov 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:41, Tue, Nov 3, 2020
William contracted COVID-19 in April, Kensington Palace confirmed this week. He self-isolated in his family home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, and followed Government guidelines but did not go public with his diagnosis despite his alleged breathing difficulties. At the time, his father Prince Charles had only recently recovered from the same disease while Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been hospitalised and spent some time in intensive care after contracting COVID-19.
Reports claim the Duke of Cambridge was “hit pretty hard by the virus” but that he kept it concealed from the public because “there were more important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone”.
Having the heir and second-in-line to the throne ill at the same time as the Prime Minister is certainly likely to have put the public even more on edge during the first few months of lockdown.
However, other royal watchers have questioned the Palace’s approach.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer tweeted that the cover-up “raises serious questions about whether we can trust anything he [William] or his advisers say”.
While the Firm is known for trying to maintain the royals’ sense of privacy where it can, many feel this has undermined the message of unity and transparency the Royal Family were conveying at the start of the pandemic.
Prince William tested positive for coronavirus back in April (Image: Getty)
William and Kate were pushed to the forefront of the Royal Family's response to the pandemic (Image: Getty)
For instance, in a rare rallying message to the public in April, the Queen said, “together we are tackling this disease” and that “if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it”.
Additionally, there are some advantages to allowing the public to know of royal illnesses.
Writing for the BBC history magazine, historian Lucy Worsley explained: “It is counter-intuitive to suggest it, but royal health issues can actually strengthen the monarchy, not least by creating sympathy and affection for the afflicted individual.”
Her article was published in 2013, and was in written reference to King George III’s terrible — and public — decline during the final years of his reign, but can be applied to the modern Royal Family.
She explained that monarchs “suffered many of exactly the same biological and psychological weaknesses as the rest of us”, even though it is often hidden from the public.
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