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'pretty panicked' Prince William 'didn't want to worry anyone' with Covid-19 diagnosis

Prince William contracted Covid-19 in April around the same time as his father, the heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, a source close to his Kensington Palace office has said.

The duke of Cambridge (38) kept his diagnosis a secret because he did not want to alarm the country, according to reports.

"There were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone," he was quoted by as having told an observer at an engagement.

He was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at his family's home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

"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," an unnamed source said.

Kensington Palace declined to comment officially on the story but did not deny the report.

Further reports said that neither the prince's wife Kate Middleton nor his young children, George, Charlotte and Louis, had tested positive for the virus.

He contracted the virus a couple of weeks after it was disclosed that his father (71) had tested positive in March.

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