Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

London – The Prince of Wales, who is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), met the Queen two days ago in Windsor, a royal source says.

They say the monarch is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

Prince Charles tested positive on Thursday morning – it is the second time he has contracted the virus.

On Wednesday, he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, met Chancellor Rishi Sunak and others at a reception in the British Museum.

Camilla tested negative for coronavirus on Thursday, Clarence House said.

Prince Charles, the 73-year-old heir to the throne, last caught the virus in March 2020 when he reported only mild symptoms.

Clarence House confirmed he was triple vaccinated, but would not give any detail on whether he was experiencing coronavirus symptoms this time.

The evening before he tested positive, Charles and Camilla were at a reception in the British Museum to celebrate the work of the British Asian Trust (BAT).

Guests included the chancellor, Home Secretary Priti Patel and music producer Naughty Boy.

In England, contacts of positive COVID-19 cases who are fully vaccinated should take lateral flow tests for seven days. They do not have to self-isolate unless they test positive.

Charles must self-isolate for ten full days, but he could be allowed to end this early if he tests negative on day five and day six.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled that these rules could be lifted within weeks.

Charles had been due to unveil a statue of Licoricia of Winchester on Thursday, a medieval Jewish businesswoman who was a money lender and single parent in the Hampshire city.

Clarence House said His Royal Highness was “deeply disappointed not to be able to attend . . . and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible”.

The announcement of Charles’s positive test was made just after midday, about 12 minutes before he was due to arrive.

More than 1 000 people were gathered behind barriers in the city’s Jewry Street, waiting to see the prince. (BBC)

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