Prince Charles has once again tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced early Thursday morning. The future king previously tested positive for the virus at the very beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. He is now self-isolating.
The diagnosis came just before Charles, 73, was set to attend an in-person event in the city of Winchester, just a few hours southwest of London. The Clarence House Twitter account revealed the news. (Clarence House is the official home where Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, live.)
“This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. HRH is deeply disappointed not to be able to attend today’s events in Winchester and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible,” the statement read.
The news comes after Charles and Camilla attended an event last night at the British Museum. No further information has been revealed about his condition, or if Camilla has also tested positive. As a precaution, a royal source confirmed to People Magazine that Queen Elizabeth was being monitored after meeting with Charles earlier this week. The 95-year-old monarch isn’t currently showing any symptoms.
Charles has been here before. Months after his first bout with the coronavirus, he opened up about spending seven days in isolation, and how heavily the pandemic had been weighing on his heart.
“I was lucky in my case … but I’ve had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through,” the Prince of Wales told Sky News then. “I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That, to me, is the most ghastly thing.”
The Future King and Queen
While it seems likely that Charles will make a full recovery, since he is fully vaccinated and boosted, and has had COVID before, the news slightly dampens a time of celebration for the future king and his wife. Ahead of his mother Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary of taking the throne, Her Majesty gave her full approval for Camilla to be given the title of “Queen Consort” once Charles becomes king. The statement settled years of speculation around Camilla’s title, given both that this is Charles second marriage, and the public’s undying love for his late ex-wife, Princess Diana.
Reflecting on the support her beloved Prince Philip offered her through their 73-year-marriage, the Queen wrote: “I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father’s reign.”
The Queen then turned her attention to the future, giving her blessing to Camilla: “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service,” the Queen wrote.
Here’s hoping Prince Charles quickly recovers from COVID-19 again so they can keep celebrating!