Mystery surrounded the detail of Prince William’s coronavirus diagnosis on Monday, as royal officials lowered the shutters and declined to comment on the extraordinary revelation that the second in line to the throne was diagnosed with the virus early in pandemic, but did not make it public.
William’s office at Kensington Palace flatly declined to comment to the Daily Beast on a series of questions sent by email.
Despite the confirmation of Sun initial report to the BBC, the palace entered its well-worn ‘no comment’ mode on Monday, refusing even to answer basic questions such as when Prince William was diagnosed with the virus, what treatment he was having, whether other royals have been made aware, and whether William isolated himself from his own family during his illness, and whether they had contracted the virus. (Sources at Kensington Palace strongly suggested to the Daily Beast that Kate Middleton and the couple’s three children did not contract the virus.)
With no official confirmation from the palace, observers and social media detectives have been left trying to figure out the timeline and course of his infection from his zoom appearances.
On April 8, William and Kate were together as they made their first royal engagement via video call to schoolchildren whose parents were frontline workers.
From April 9eWilliam took a seven day break from public video messages.
Although the Sun, who broke William’s infection story did not provide an exact date for when he was diagnosed, he said William contracted the virus “days after” his father, the Prince Charles, grabbed it. The media learned of Charles’ diagnosis on April 7.
However, on April 23rd, having made several solo video appearances in the meantime, William was pictured with his family applauding NHS caregivers.
They were standing outside, which would have mitigated the risk of transmission if William was still contagious, but it still seems difficult to explain his proximity to his family on the 23rd.rd of April if he caught the virus, such as Sun suggests, just two weeks ago.
His casual attitude seems particularly surprising because Sun suggested that William received the wrong dose of the virus, citing a source as saying, “At one point he was having trouble breathing, so obviously everyone around him was pretty freaked out.
Confusion also surrounds the manner in which the information was disclosed. the Sun says William apparently mentioned his infection in a spontaneous remark during an “engagement”.
Again, the details of the engagement or who he spoke to are opaque. the Sun reported explaining her decision to cover up her infection by saying, “Important things were going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”
However, William and Kate are also well known for jealously guarding their privacy and for considering certain things ‘private’ and forbidden to the media that the Royal Family in the past had no problem revealing.
Royal author and biographer Penny Junor, who has chronicled the lives of all members of the royal family (and even their dogs), told The Daily Beast: “It is obviously very unusual for the Royal Family to keep a disease like this private. When William was hit in the head with a golf club or when Charles fell from his horse, we knew it because it was deemed to be in the public interest that we know these things about the heirs to the throne.
“I suspect it’s William – who jealously keeps his life private and likes to do things his own way and likes to be in control – feeling like it was a private matter, a family affair. William will one day be king, that moment will come, but for now, I think he should be allowed to live as normal a life as possible.
However, other informed and influential commentators have expressed other opinions. Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, said on Twitter: “If the future king contracts a potentially deadly virus that worries the whole world during a lockdown and he and his entourage cover it, it raises serious questions about whether we can trust anything he or his advisers say.
Royal writer Christopher Andersen, author of New York Times Bestseller Diana’s boys, told the Daily Beast: ‘It really defies the imagination that the powers that be at Buckingham Palace would allow William to keep his diagnosis of Covid-19 with the British people at a time when figures like Prince Charles and Boris Johnson were very public. deal with the virus. “
Andersen said the “secrecy” risked fueling “all kinds of fantasies and conspiracy theories,” such as the fact that the Queen was also infected.
“Had they been smart, palace officials would have made William’s diagnosis public, which would have further underscored the fact that this virus does not hold class or position,” Andersen said.
William may think his health is none other than his own. But as a key figure in a hereditary monarchy, he can’t be entirely surprised if others beg to differ.
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