Prince William, 37, travelled to Ireland on Tuesday afternoon with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge in the Royal Family’s first overseas visit since Brexit. But the Duke’s awkward joke about coronavirus has sparked backlash online. During his visit to the Home of Guinness in Dublin he joked people who believe they have coronavirus “just have a cough”.
Prince 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’.
“Does it seem quite dramatic about Coronavirus at the moment? Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?
“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!”
Twitter users have since commented hitting out at the second in line to the throne.
One said: “He takes after his granddad then with the uncomfortable interactions.”
Another added: “This is why Harry will always be more popular than Prince William.”
A third person wrote: “People are literally worried about this virus, nobody knows how anyone can be tested but sure make jokes about “some symptoms” of the virus like it’s nothing.”
A royal source said last night the couple were following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and that meant “business as usual” for now.
The source said: “This is a discussion we have been having and everything we are doing should continue as usual.”
William and Kate enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the historic Dublin brewery of the Irish Stout, with the Duke toasting his hosts in Gaelic, raising his pint and saying “Slainte”.
He also addressed the guests from the worlds of sport, film, television and the armed forces in Irish, calling them “dhaoine uaisle” – “Ladies and Gentlemen”.
Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 22:09:00 +0000