Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19 for a second time, 'is now self-isolating'

Elise Brisco
USA TODAY

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time. 

The Twitter account of The Prince of Wales and Duchess Camilla made the announcement Thursday morning. 

"This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating," the tweet read. 

The royal, who is the heir to the British throne, was expected to attend events in Winchester Friday. The evening before testing positive, he and Duchess Camilla attended a reception at the British Museum for the British Asian Trust, a charity the prince founded in 2007, to support communities in South Asia. 

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.

Last February, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In December on the anniversary of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered in the U.K., they announced that they had both received a booster dose as well, urging others to do the same. 

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"People who are unvaccinated are at least 10 times more likely to be hospitalised or die than those who have had two vaccine doses. That is why we urge everyone to get vaccinated and to take up the booster, as we have done ourselves," the statement read. 

This is the 73-year-old's second time testing positive for the virus. In March 2020, Clarence House, his official royal residence, announced the prince tested positive after  "displaying mild symptoms."

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"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," the statement said at the time, noting that aside from the mild symptoms, he "otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."

It was not immediately clear what his condition was or whether Charles had recently met with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The queen, 95, marked her Platinum Jubilee on Sunday by expressing her wish for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles becomes king.

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Camilla carried on with her engagements as scheduled on Thursday, visiting a sexual assault referral center in London.

Thursday's statement noted that Prince Charles was "disappointed" he would not be able to attend events today, adding that he is looking to "reschedule his visit as soon as possible." 

Contributing: The Associated Press