Prince Charles Met Fellow Royals Including Queen, Attended Numerous Events, Before Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Prince Charles met fellow royals, including Prince Albert of Monaco who recently contracted coronavirus, and attended numerous events before testing positive himself.

The 71-year-old, who is first in line to the British throne, has "been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health," a Clarence House spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek. The spokesperson added that Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative and the couple are self-isolating in their home in Scotland.

"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 Clarence House spokesperson added.

Charles arrived in Scotland with Camilla, 72, on Sunday and had started showing symptoms at some point over the weekend, according to the BBC's royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell. He was tested on Monday night and his results came through on Tuesday night.

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Prince Charles and Prince Albert of Monaco attended the WaterAid water and climate event in London on March 10, 2020.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that symptoms for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, may appear between two and 14 days after exposure.

Charles' last public engagement was a reception and dinner in London in aid of Australian bushfire relief on March 12, according to the Court Circular, which records every official engagement carried out by members of the royal family.

That morning was also the last time he saw his 93-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who "remains in good health," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

"Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health," the palace spokesperson said. "The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on morning of the 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare." The palace has not confirmed if Queen Elizabeth II has been tested for COVID-19, with a spokesperson saying they would not be commenting further.

The evening before his last meeting with the monarch, Charles attended the Prince's Trust Awards in London where he eschewed handshakes in favor of namaste greetings with celebrities including actor Piers Brosnan.

On March 10, Charles sat opposite Albert II, Prince of Monaco, at an event for WaterAid in London. Last week, a spokesperson for Monaco's palace confirmed to CNN that the monarch had tested positive for COVID-19, but said his health "is not worrying at all."

The day before that meeting, Charles attended the Commonwealth Day service with senior members of the royal family alongside the queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who have since returned to Canada.

As the coronavirus outbreak worsened in the U.K., Charles and Camilla canceled a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan that had been set to begin on March 17.

The queen also canceled engagements and left London for an extended stay at Windsor Castle last week after the U.K. government announced that people over the age of 70 and those in high risk categories, needed to limit their interactions with friends and family to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, are seen as they depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London on March 9, 2020 Phil Harris/AFP via Getty Images

This infographic, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.K. as of March 24.

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This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.K. as of March 24. Statista

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