His comments were made during a reception at the Guinness Storehouse earlier this month where he and Kate visited as part of their three day Irish tour. The Duke of Cambridge made a joke about “spreading” the coronavirus on the first day of his Irish tour and accused the media of “hyping” it up.
In comments documented in a video, Prince William joked: “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.”
William spoke about the infection as he chatted to emergency workers at a reception hosted by Britain’s ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett, in Dublin.
He asked Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic with the National Ambulance Service: “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?”
It is unclear how the paramedic responded.
The duke and duchess shook hands with dozens of people following advice they were given.
A video of the exchange was later uploaded online and the prince has now faced major backlash in light of recent events.
The Prince of Wales remains “in good health” and has been displaying “mild symptoms”, a spokesman said.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.
“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”
As he is only displaying mild symptoms, Prince Charles doesn’t need to be in a hospital.
The Prince of Wales is self-isolating in his home in Birkhall with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess has also been tested, Clarence House said, but she doesn’t have coronavirus.
The statement continued: “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.
“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”
Prince Charles has been tested not only because he was showing symptoms that could be linked to COVID-19 but also because he is over 70, which means he is more at risk of contracting a more severe form of the virus than younger people.
Clarence House added that it is not known who Prince Charles got the virus from.
The statement said: “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 04:35:00 +0000