UPDATE: Prince Charles has appeared in video footage for the first time since it was reported that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales appeared in a video shared on social media by Clarence House where he spoke about his own diagnosis and appealed for the public to support the elderly population at this worrying time.
‘Having recently gone through the process of contracting this Coronavirus, luckily with relatively mild symptoms, I now find myself on the other side of the illness but no less in a state of social distance and general isolation,’ the 71-year-old told followers.
The heir to the throne looked healthy – if a bit tired – in the video message, wearing a tweed jacket with a suit and tie, which was recorded from his office likely to be in Balmoral – where he and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall have been isolating.
Charles also used the video message to say he and Camilla are thinking of those who have lost loved ones throughout the pandemic as well as those having to endure ‘sickness, isolation and loneliness’.
The message was partly recorded in Charles’ capacity as patron of Age UK and Camilla’s patronage of Silver Line, and Charles said their ‘hearts go out to all those older people throughout this country who are now experiencing great difficulty’.
He then continued to praise volunteers, neighbours and others supporting at-risk elderly people in the community as well as ‘marvellous’ NHS staff battling to contain the virus and take care of patients and hard-working supermarket staff.
‘None of us can say when this will end, but end it will,’ Prince Charles said as he signed off. ‘Until it does, let us try and live with hope and faith in ourselves and each other and look forward to better times to come.’
Prince Charles has issued a statement expressing his thanks for the well wishes he has received after contracting Covid-19.
On Thursday, Clarence House shared an Instagram message on its Instagram account to thank the prince’s supporters.
‘Thank you for all your “Get Well Soon” messages for His Royal Highness,’ the message reads. ‘He is enormously touched by your kind words.’
The post, which features a photo of the 71-year-old, was ‘liked’ by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Palace Instagram account and the royal family’s account.
On Wednesday, Clarence House announced that the prince had ‘been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual’.
It also stated that the prince’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has been tested but does not have the virus.
The couple are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
Original, 26 March: Clarence House announced this morning that Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William‘s father and the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus. His wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested but does not currently have the virus.
In a statement, a Clarence House rep said that “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. 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 for testing.
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 role during recent weeks.
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 “— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) March 25, 2020
Prince Charles has tested positive for the Coronavirus according to Clarence House He and Camilla are self isolating at Birkhall “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out…during recent weeks”— Carolyn Durand (@CarolynDurand) March 25, 2020
“The Prince and Duchess remain in touch with their families at present, and the Prince has spoken to both of his sons to share the news with them,” a Palace spokesperson added in a call later. “The symptoms he has are not preventing him from doing his work in the usual way.”
Charles’ last full week of engagements was the week of March 9—during which the Prince of Wales attended Commonwealth Day service with the full royal family that Monday.
From there, the Prince was in Highgrove before moving to Scotland on March 22. “During that week, he had very few meetings and very few in person encounters,” the spokesperson said. “Those people would have been either Highgrove or Duchy related individuals and they have all been notified of the Prince’s coronavirus situation.”
“He has not been to hospital,” the spokesperson added. “His symptoms are mild and Is in good spirits.” Charles’ symptoms came on “the backend of the weekend,” and he was tested Monday.
The Prince and Duchess remain in self isolation separately within Birkhall. A Palace spokesman said, in regards to Charles’ contact with Kate Middleton and Prince William, “The [Commonwealth Day Westminster] Abbey service is the last time they were undertaking an engagement together. Whether or not they saw each other separately, I can’t tell you, it would have been a private meeting.”
Camilla and Charles “both remain in good spirits,” the spokesman said. “She has concern for the Prince,” but is “keeping a close eye on him and mindful of her own situation. She is very upbeat.”
Buckingham Palace also updated royal reporters on the state of the Queen, who had also taken meetings the past couple weeks and who saw Prince Charles in the last two weeks. She is now at Windsor Castle, where she began her Easter break early. At this point, she is not ill.
“Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health,” a Buckingham Palace rep said. “The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further.”
Buckingham Palace update:— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 25, 2020
“Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare. We will not be commenting further.”
Read the Queen’s statement on the Coronavirus pandemic in full:
We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.
We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.
Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.
This article originally appeared in ELLE US.