Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly being extra cautious after the Duke of Sussex was potentially exposed to COVID-19 earlier this month, The Guardian reports. Although it is not confirmed that the former royal is experiencing symptoms of the virus, he reportedly came in contact with individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the U.K. publication, Harry could have been exposed to the virus in the final days of his royal engagements. On March 6, the duke hugged Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton at the grand opening of the Silverstone Experience Center. Two days prior to the event, Hamilton attended WE Day U.K. events in London, where he was photographed with Idris Elba and Sophie Trudeau.
Both the actor and the Canadian prime minister’s wife have since tested positive for coronavirus, and are being quarantined. It is unknown if Hamilton tested positive for the virus.
Trudeau, a close friend of Meghan and Harry, announced on Thursday that she had tested positive and was self-quarantining. A source then claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “concerned for the health and safety” of Trudeau and others, per Page Six.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
It is unknown if the couple recently visited with the Canadian prime minister’s wife during their stay in London.
On Monday, Page Six reported that Meghan and Harry were flying to Canada separately, looking to hunker down in their home for lockdown as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closed Canadian borders due to the pandemic. Those who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada are no longer able to fly into the country, with certain exceptions being made for U.S. citizens and others.
Though Buckingham Palace did not confirm that Meghan and Harry are self-isolating in Vancouver Island, a source did say that the couple are “taking appropriate measures and following government advice.”
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II is moving to Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future amid the coronavirus outbreak, as Buckingham Palace announced in a statement this week.
“Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19 March, one week earlier than planned. It is likely the Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period,” the Palace said, per The Guardian.
Scheduled events in the coming months — such as the Maundy service at St George’s Chapel in April, and additional garden parties this spring — have been canceled in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s not yet known if Trooping the Color, a major event for the royal family, will take place in June.