Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge is being forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus.
Kate was supposed to spend the day with William at two major events commemorating the NHS’s 73rd anniversary, but she’ll now be at home for ten days.
In their roles as Joint Patrons of NHS Charities Together, they planned to attend a Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the nation’s health service and host a Big Tea for NHS staff at Buckingham Palace in the afternoon.
“Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms,” a statement said. “However, she is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.”
Kate was given both doses of the Covid vaccine and began isolating after being notified on Friday afternoon, according to the statement.
The Duchess has also been testing twice weekly with lateral flow tests as part of the Royal Household testing regime, according to the palace.
Kate’s most recent public appearance was a tour of Wimbledon on Friday, where she met staff in the museum, the Centre Court kitchen, and sat with former tennis player Tim Henman to watch Jamie Murray play in the doubles.
The duchess is a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and an avid tennis player, but she will now be unable to attend the men’s and women’s finals this weekend.
Last spring, William contracted Covid and was able to continue with phone and online engagements while being treated by royal doctors, but he was reportedly hit “pretty hard” by the virus and struggled to breathe at one point.
During the same time period, the Prince of Wales contracted the virus but experienced milder symptoms, though he did lose his sense of smell and taste for a time.