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Prince Charles ‘met so many we do not know how he got it’

Namaste to see you: Charles, 71, meets Ronnie Wood at Prince’s Trust do PICTURE: PA

THE Prince of Wales was self-isolating at Balmoral last night after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 71-year-old heir to the throne was displaying only mild symptoms and ‘remains in good health’, Clarence House announced.

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, does not have the virus.

‘In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,’ a statement read.

The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire and ‘it is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he has carried out in his public role during recent weeks’, Clarence House added.

Charles last met with the Queen on March 12, and Buckingham Palace said Her Majesty is ‘in good health’.

The 93-year-old monarch remains at Windsor Castle with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip, 98, was not with the Queen when she last saw Charles.

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The Prince of Wales has attended a string of royal engagements and rubbed shoulders with a large number of public figures and celebrities in recent weeks.

He hosted prime minister Boris Johnson at Clarence House on March 3, and two days later led a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony, presenting awards to dozens of recipients.

The following week, he attended a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

On March 10, Charles met Prince Albert of Monaco, who last week announced he had contracted the virus, at a WaterAid event in London.

The next day he greeted celebrities, including The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, singer Craig David and TV hosts Ant and Dec, with a namaste gesture instead of handshakes, at the Prince’s Trust Awards.