Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Clarence House, Sky News reports.
“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working form home throughout the last few days as usual," the statement said. “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”
According to the statement, they did not know who Prince Charles caught the virus from because of the “high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
His last contact with the Queen came on March 12, one day before doctors are saying he likely became contagious.
Doctors believe he would have been contagious since 13 March, she added.
He last met the Queen on the morning of 12 March and the 93-year-old monarch is said to be in "good health" and following all appropriate health and safety advice.
Following Prince Charles' diagnosis, Buckingham Palace said: "Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health.
"The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly on 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further." (Sky News)
Some questioned why he was able to be tested even though he only reported to have mild symptoms.
The statement that Prince Charles “met the criteria required for testing” by the NHS in Aberdeenshire is puzzling. The NHS Scotland website states that, generally, testing for Covid-19 will only be carried out “if you have a serious illness that requires admission to hospital.” pic.twitter.com/KLnu61rya7— James Cook (@BBCJamesCook) March 25, 2020
I don't begrudge Prince Charles & Camilla having COV-19 tests given he is the heir to the throne.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 25, 2020
But there are legitimate questions to be asked about why members of the royal family can instantly get them but NHS workers can't.
The UK has reported more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus and 422 deaths. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a lockdown on the country Monday, warning that "if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it — meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well."