PRINCE William “struggled to breathe” after being struck by Covid-19, The Sun can reveal.
The Duke of Cambridge kept his diagnosis a secret because he did not want to alarm the nation.
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The heir to the throne, 38, caught the virus in April days after dad, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson were struck dead.
William told an observer during an engagement: “Important things were happening and I didn’t want to worry anyone. ”
The Duke was treated by palace medics and followed government guidelines in secluding himself in the family home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
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Remarkably, he made 14 phone and video calls in April.
“BUSINESS AS USUAL”
A source said: ‘William was hit pretty hard by the virus – it really hit him for six years.
“At one point he was having trouble breathing, so obviously everyone around him was pretty freaked out.
“After seeing doctors and testing positive – which was obviously a shock given his form and health – William was determined it should be business as usual.
“He was determined to fulfill his commitments. “
After news of Boris and Charles’ illnesses – and Boris had been rushed to hospital – William feared that telling the country about his own fate would panic everyone.
“The Queen gave her ‘We will meet again’ speech, and he just didn’t want to worry people.
“He felt that more important things were happening in the country.
“But from his own experiences, he realizes that absolutely anyone can catch this terrible disease – and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown seriously. “
There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.
Despite his illness, Wills was one of the hardest working royals in April.
He phoned the NHS heroes at Queen’s Hospital Burton on April 1 and told colleagues at consultant Amged El-Hawrani, 55 – who died of the virus while treating patients – that he was ‘proud’ of their work.
The father-of-three took a seven-day hiatus from calls and video messages after April 9.
But on April 16, he opened Nightingale Hospital Birmingham at the NEC via video link.
He told them it was a “wonderful example” of the “rally” taking place across the country to fight the pandemic.
Then on April 23, the Duke brought a well-deserved cheer appearing on Comic Relief.
Wills smiled after filming a sketch several days earlier to be shown on the BBC.
The Duke did a comedic ride alongside Stephen Fry in a Blackadder-themed sketch.
He was then filmed standing at the front door of his Anmer Hall home with Kate, 38, and George, 7, Charlotte, 5, and Louis, two.
Wills and his family helped run the country at Clap for Carers Night.
In April, when Wills was struck off, he also spoke to the FA about mental health and called the Crown Prince of Jordan.
The Queen delivered her rousing speech to the nation on Sunday April 6 – the same night PM Boris was rushed to hospital.
Earlier this week, William offered his support to Good Britain star Kate Garraway, whose husband, Derek Draper, spent seven months in hospital with coronavirus.
Joined by his wife Kate, the couple told the presenter they wanted to give her a “hug” following her husband’s health battle.
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The Cambridges said they were touched by her experience and the impact it had on her and her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11.
Prince Charles was isolated for two weeks in March with mild symptoms, while Boris spent three nights in intensive care after being hospitalized on April 5.
Last night, Kensington Palace declined to comment.
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