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Prince William 'struggled to breathe after catching coronavirus'

Prince William ‘struggled to breathe’ after contracting coronavirus in April – but kept it secret to avoid alarming the nation.

The Duke of Cambridge’s diagnosis came in the days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was struck down by the virus, and people close to the Prince said he was concerned about worrying the country further. The PM eventually ended up in intensive care fighting for his life, but William appears to have carried out a series of virtual engagements while fighting off the virus.

The heir to the throne, 38, caught Covid-19 days after his father Prince Charles was diagnoses during the first lockdown, according to The Sun.

A source told the newspaper: ‘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.’

The Sun reported that the Prince told an acquaintance at an engagement: ‘There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.’

It added that he was treated by palace doctors, and isolated at the family home Anmer Hall, Norfolk.

He appears to have made a full recovery, but tonight Kensington Palace have declined to comment officially, when contacted by

On April 16, William opened Nightingale Hospital Birmingham via video link.

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