The BBC reports that England’s Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus.
It was further revealed that the prince’s wife — Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — also underwent testing but was found not to have contracted the disease.
“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” read a statement from Clarence House, the official London residence of Charles, Prince of Wales.
Prince exhibiting “mild symptoms”
“The tests were carried out by the NHS [National Health Service] in Aberdeenshire, where [Charles and Camilla] met the criteria required for testing,” according to the official statement.
It went on: “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.”
The BBC noted that the prince, 71, “is displaying mild symptoms” but “is in otherwise good health.” His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Prince Philip, were moved into precautionary self-isolation at Windsor Castle for their own safety, according to the BBC.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quoted as saying that he wished Prince Charles “a speedy recovery” from the illness.
Growing number of elites infected
The British prince is hardly the first high-profile figure to test positive for the coronavirus. Earlier in the month, famed actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were found to have contracted the illness while visiting Australia, according to NBC Boston.
Convicted sex offender and former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports. The 68-year-old felon became infected while incarcerated within the New York state correctional system.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers of both parties have also fallen ill. In the House, Utah Democrat Ben McAdams announced on March 22 that he had tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing difficulty breathing.
“I was admitted and have been receiving oxygen as I struggled to maintain my blood oxygen at appropriate levels,” McAdams tweeted. “I am now off oxygen and feeling relatively better and expect to be released as soon as the doctors determine it is appropriate.”
In the Senate, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has revealed that he too has tested positive for coronavirus, according to NBC News. Despite reportedly exhibiting few, if any symptoms, Paul falls into a high-risk patient population after having had a portion of a lung removed last year as the result of a physical attack carried out against him by a neighbor back in 2017.