Prince William 'secretly battled coronavirus in April'

Prince William secretly battled coronavirus in April - days after his father Prince Charles contracted it - and was left 'struggling to breathe,' according to a report.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, did not reveal he was sick because he didn't want to alarm the public.

He caught the virus in the darkest days of the pandemic after the Prince of Wales and Boris Johnson fell ill. At the time up to a thousand Britons were dying of Covid-19 each day and there had been more than 50,000 cases.

The Duke was treated by palace physicians and quarantined at the family home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk. His wife did not fall ill or test positive for the virus, it is understood.

'There were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone,' the Duke said at an engagement, according to The Sun. 

That month, William continued working and made 14 telephone and video calls despite sources revealing he was rocked by the disease. 

A source told The Sun: 'William was hit pretty hard by the virus - it really knocked him for six.

'At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked.

'After seeing medics and testing positive - which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is - William was determined it should be business as usual though.

'He was determined to fulfil his engagements.'

Following the news that his father and the Prime Minister had both fallen ill, William believed that going public with his sickness would only add to the nation's anxieties.

As the Queen gave her impassioned 'We Will Meet Again' address, the Duke decided it would be better not to add to Britain's strain, sources said.

And despite the impact the virus had on him, the father-of-three continued to contact frontline NHS workers to tell them how 'proud' he was of their commitment.

Indeed, his having caught coronavirus brought home just how terrible the contagion is and that it can strike anybody down, a source told The Sun.




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