Wow, royal reporters are pretty mad that Prince William covered up his coronavirus

HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, meets patients and staff and attends at a groundbreaking ceremony at The Royal Marsden in Surrey.

I’m still thinking about Prince William hiding the fact that he had coronavirus back in April and he never said anything publicly. It’s truly remarkable. The only way where I think the secrecy could possibly be excused is if he did not have any kind of severe case, like he had just been tested out of an abundance of caution, and it turned out he was asymptomatic and he didn’t want to make a big deal about it at the time when Boris Johnson was literally in the intensive care unit on a respirator. In that situation, I could see keeping it quiet and then announcing it after a couple of months. But that’s not what this was – William apparently had a bad case, he was having difficulty breathing and he felt very unwell… at the same time his father was sick and BoJo was hospitalized. It’s a big f–king deal that William hid this. And *some* commentators and royal reporters are not happy about it. Here’s Chris Ship:

Yeah, it’s the cover up that has unsettled a lot of royal reporters – for William to not say anything for six full months, and apparently no one on his staff leaked it? And even now, there’s no formal announcement, it was just a Sun exclusive with no official word from any of the palaces. But Richard Palmer took a break from hate-tweeting about the Sussexes to read William and his team for filth.

You know what this reminded me of? All of the sh-t William has said and done to the Sussexes over “protocol” and “constitutional responsibilities.” William was mad at Prince Harry and Meghan for getting their spokesperson to not tell the whole truth about when Meghan went into labor and when she gave birth to Archie. William was also incandescent with rage about Harry and Meghan’s refusal to publicly announce the names of Archie’s godparents – William apparently saw that as some kind of violation of something or other. And then… William covers up the fact that he had a bad case of a deadly virus, thus abdicating his own constitutional responsibilities, huh?

Here’s Robert Jobson’s tweets, which I couldn’t embed because he blocked me!!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Bridge Jobcentre

Britain's Prince William speaks with service users during a visit to the Garden House part of the Light Project in Peterborough, England, Thursday, July 16, 2020. The Garden House offers information, advice and support to the rough sleepers in Peterborough.

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  1. atorontogal says:

    Like trump, does anyone actually believe he had it?

    • Kalana says:

      I believe it. William and Kate had a zoom call together about two days after the Queen’s speech and then in mid-April and in the second call Kate looked very upset seated next to William.

      Maybe they’re exaggerating his symptoms for sympathy but I believe he had it.

      • Also if he had it and she didn’t, doesn’t that prove they don’t spend much time together? They must have been spending large chunks of the lock down apart of he was likely contagious for a few days before he knew he was sick and she didn’t get sick at all. Either that or she was also sick and didn’t tell people? Man those palace staffers can keep a secret when they want to!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The cover up is always worse than the crime. The hypocrisy is beyond disgusting. The palace, their PR and handlers are just Incompetent at this point.

    • Amelie says:

      I actually believe Trump had it. I have avoided Donald Trump in all forms of media for MONTHS to avoid hearing his voice but I heard him recently on TV for the the first time in a long while. He sounded AWFUL. Very hoarse and like he was out of energy. To me it’s very clear the virus has taken its toll. Maybe the difference isn’t noticeable to people who hear him every day? I get he’s been campaigning and he’s 70+ years old, so that takes a toll.

      But in comparison, Joe Biden has not gotten the virus (yet, cross my finger he never does whether he comes President or not) and he sounds like he always does (and he’s older than Trump by a few years).

      • Merricat says:

        Trump would never admit to being sick if he didn’t have to, as he believes it’s a sign of weakness.

      • Courtney B says:

        I believe he had it. But he also had a premiere hospital, a fleet of doctors, medications given to him early that are normally reserved for more serious cases, etc.

    • minx says:

      IMO Trump had it, he looked and sounded terrible. As for William, he’s exaggerating his importance. TQ and Charles still rank ahead of him in those purely decorative positions….did he think Britain would fall into chaos because he was sick? Ridiculous.

  2. duchess of hazard says:

    For real. If William wants to be a private citizen, go private. But I’m astonished that this wasn’t released before now. “Because he didn’t want to worry anyone” *eyeroll*

    • BabsORIG says:

      What bugs me the most is in the aftermath if it all William and his wife continued to go out meeting people without masks and without disclosing to people that thesepeople were interacting with a COVID positive person.Thats very irresponsible even if the interaction happened weeks after his illness I’m super mad about such calluos disregard of others People deserve the right to choose to or not to interact with a COVID positive person William and his wife should both be sued for exposing people to a deadly virus and purposefully hiding the COVID positive status

    • mytwocents says:

      Does anyone have a twitter account to send Piers Morgan a tweet asking his thoughts, where is his outrage at the hypocrisy? He’s been rather quiet on the whole thing, imagine if this were Meghan or Harry.

    • kimberlu says:

      william probably got it from one of the women he’s stepped out with😬😬😬

  3. Sofia says:

    I mentioned this in the other post but yeah the rota are pretty mad. There’s been a few tweets along the lines “Wonder what this deception means for William in the future” by said reporters.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      It’s weird to me that the rota doesn’t completely understand why the BRF would do this. I doubt William had a say in it at all. I think he’s just trying to look like he’s in control. Charles got diagnosed in late March and was sick until mid April. Everything points to Will having it in early April, but he got over it quicker. So, they basically had it around the same time. That’s potentially the next two people in line dying with in a very short time. If anything happened to the Queen, George would need a regent. They’ll want a blood Royal. So, Kate’s out. Next is Harry and god only knows how that would work. After that it’s Andrew. The courtiers hate Andrew and the Queen wouldn’t be there. So, no Andrew. So, then it’s Beatrice. It’s just bad. Like maybe they’d say screw it and make Anne or Edward regent. To them, this would 100% be a huge crisis and they would assume it would cause the public to panic. Hence the timing of the Queen’s speech.

      • Mandy says:

        He still shouldn’t have kept it secret. What if his diagnosis could have saved millions of people who wouldn’t normally take the virus seriously in April? What if something did happen to him and he never disclosed it to the public?

      • Nic919 says:

        Jobson states that he asked KP about it and they denied it, hence they lied. Why would William have to lie about his diagnosis and not Charles? That is not logical. The queen was fine and Charles wasn’t at death’s door.

        If William is a public figure then he needed to confirm that he had contracted a highly infectious disease, for a variety of reasons including potential exposure to members of the public. This was poorly handled and has now exposed the fact that KP cannot be trusted to provide the truth.

      • Jay says:

        Whoa, I hadn’t played out all the chess moves on the succession– would Kate really not be eligible as regent? Who would decide that?

      • ABritGuest says:

        Nic919 Im wondering where Jobson got his strong tip from?

        I wonder if it was planned for this to come out eventually. If not & it was meant to be this big secret why did Wills mention it to a random member of public? If yes wonder why they weren’t upfront with the press& just swore them to secrecy like when Harry was in Afghanistan with a promise of a glossy interview once appropriate. I find it hard to believe KP would have passed up the chance to show how Cambridges demonstrated something like a Blitz spirit as a family. The maths ain’t mathing.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think Jobson got the tip from a Clarence House courtier. But that is simply a guess. Maybe the staff was notified for testing purposes and there were rumblings that ended up getting to a few RRs

      • notasugarhere says:

        Jay, only royals in the line of succession are supposed to be eligible for Regent, because regent is essentially acting as the monarch. Regent is supposed to be the next adult in the line of succession. With Harry out of the UK but still in the succession, it is a question. Would he be Regent, or would it fall to the next adult in the line – Andrew.

        When Charles and Anne were young, the Queen managed to get approval to make Philip regent over the kids in the event of her early death. That happened because Princess Margaret, who should have been named regent, agreed to it.

        It doesn’t happen in the UK frequently like it does Denmark. (ArtHistorian, please correct me when I’m wrong here). In Denmark, someone is named Regent whenever the Queen is out of Denmark. Those people have included Frederick, Joachim, her sister Benedikte, and now CP Mary.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Correct – it also included the late Queen Ingrid. She was the first married-in who was awarded this responsibility, which shows how well-respected she was. Likewise, it is a huge deal that Mary has been awarded the same responsibility. Usually, it is only the born members of the Danish royal house who hold that position.

  4. What’s eating you says:

    I have no sympathy for any of the parties involved. After the things the RR’s have done to the Sussex’s, I don’t care if there never thrown another bone again. They should have realized by now that PWT only wants to talk to them when he wants to smear his brother and sister in law. The relationship between the royal reporters and William should be interesting going forward since they know about his affair and now he doesn’t have any info about the Sussex’s to give them……like he promised.

    • Bluj1515 says:

      It certainly has ended their amnesia over all of the pre Meghan times Prince William and Kate lied about things and refused to reveal things…. which is great and long overdue

    • Tanguerita says:

      The funniest thing though is that (I am pretty sure) KP did reveal this information hoping for positive responce – “heroic behaviour/kept working/didn’t want to worry anyone” – along these lines. They didn’t expect the combination of fury, gloating and indifference.

      • Mindy_Dopple says:

        This is what I’m interested in, if his father handled the same diagnosis with a HIGHER position as ACTUAL future King by going public, what made him think it was a good idea to hide this for so long.

  5. Aang says:

    My first thought. They are just salty over missed sales.

    • Belli says:

      100%. The first and second in line to the throne AND the prime minister all having covid at the same time? The wild speculative articles they could have used to cash in on! Panic over the Queen! Hints of Harry being regent to stir up anger! They’re furious at what they missed out on.

      That said, their reaction is really funny. Did the Cambridges really think the press were on their side just because they got an easy ride while Harry and Meghan were being the lightning rod?

    • Nic919 says:

      At the time would it have really done much? Maybe first announcing he tested positive but if he went to Amner and then confirmed a few weeks later when he recovered, it was probably not going to take over Bojo going to the hospital. Charles testing positive wasn’t that huge after a few days once he was seen after diagnosis.

      They are salty because KP was specifically asked if he had it in April, as Jobson states, and they straight up lied. That’s a dangerous precedent and very trumpian.

    • Snuffles says:

      Of course they are!

      They cooperated with Will to smear Meghan in the press which got them tons of clicks, extra work in US markets and more advertising revenue. The goal being to either force her to come to heal OR kill her baby, drive her out of the country and divorce Harry. Harry was supposed to stay behind and prop up his brother and give the press years of juicy divorce and custody drama, stories of “poor sad Harry, but look at him carrying on doing his duty and supporting his brother while that American harlet has joined Housewives of Beverly Hills!”

      Instead, not only has Harry and Meghan left. They’ve been cut off from ALL access, the leaks have dried up and they are forced to eat sloppy seconds as their US counter parts get all the scoops and make the money.

      And NOW they find out that after doing William’s dirty work for him, not only did they lose their golden goose, that two-faced MFer is lying and keeping MAJOR secrets from them!!

      Of course they are furious because they are not getting the payoff they were promised. And probably sat on a lot of juicy stories about the the Cambridges because they were promised a cornucopia of Sussex scoops for decades to come.

      One of those RRs is about to crack like Gretchen Weiners!!

      https://i.gifer.com/1hvR.gif

    • equality says:

      There are many replying on Twitter who are angry about the lies also. It’s not just the reporters.

    • FC says:

      Also probably wanted to avoid the inevitably grim stories about Harry stepping in as King until George turns 18.

    • Myra says:

      That’s exactly it. All the headlines they could have run with – the breaking news about William’s recovery. They could have blamed Harry for being absent while both heirs had contracted a deadly virus. Fleet Street must be livid.

    • February-Pisces says:

      Two heirs to the throne having a potentially life treating illness at the same time! Imagine the headlines they could have written. Imagine George taking to the throne early? would harry come back to be regent? Could harry be king? Will Meghan be queen? What if the crown lands on peado Andys head?

      Oh imagine what they could have written? Lol.

      • A says:

        I said this on the other post’s comments, but this is the gravity of the situation, isn’t it? William came through this unscathed–but it could have gone any which way for him. He was sick at the same time as Charles, and as the PM. The Queen is 90something years old.

        What if it HAD gone sideways for William? What if it had gone sideways for Charles? What if, god forbid, they had both succumbed to the virus? These are worst case scenarios, but it’s the job of people who the royals employ to think about the worst case scenarios and plan for them. Any one of those situations would have altered the royal family’s dynamic completely. That’s not nothing.

        William thinks he’s not answerable to anyone, but that’s not true. He’s answerable to his people. Being monarch isn’t a free for all get out of jail free card. It doesn’t matter what his intentions were–his duty and responsibility was to inform the relevant individuals. To not do so is a major dereliction of the duty he’s supposed to be so beholden to.

      • Tessa says:

        The royals are famous for planning in advance. They might well have had a contingency plan all mapped out but certainly would not have gone public with it. unless. There have been plans in place for underage heirs or heiresses. For instance, there were plans for a Regency for Prince Charles when he was underage should anything had happened to the Queen.

  6. Betsy says:

    I’m seriously enjoying this story, the response, the anger from the royal reporters. It is all delicious.

    • FC says:

      The really funny thing is that we didn’t even notice he was missing in April because he works so little.

      Also curious (and a relief) that Kate and the kids didn’t catch it. Wills must not be spending as much time with the fam as he leads us to believe.

    • rawiya says:

      Me, too! I feel like that photo of the white woman in her fur coat standing outside her house when everyone was protesting some U.S. law dude. (Can’t remember his name) Like she said, it has nothing to do with me personally and it’s schadenfreude for someone who completely deserves it.

      • Becks1 says:

        Haha! that was Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s house. It was a pride celebration/dance party in the street to protest the Trump administration.

    • Maevo says:

      1000%!! Maybe now that the reporters are mad at Wills, we’ll hear about some other things they have been keeping secret for him….

  7. Aurora says:

    There’s no way he had it in April. He did a number of events throughout the month. The time frame between events would not have allowed for a two week quarantine.

    • Steph says:

      I read somewhere that he only quarantined for 1 week.

    • A says:

      Either that means he’s a) lying about when he got it, or b) he had it, and was quarantining with Kate + kids, who didn’t get it, or c) he had it, and wasn’t quarantining like he was supposed to.

  8. Beach Dreams says:

    I’m sure some of them are especially angry because they believed William would be controllable and easy to work with in the arrangement they have with him. The way this story arose shows them otherwise. Between this and last week’s announcement about the trial delay, these people are losing money and feeling extremely aggrieved about it too. Not surprised at Palmer being resentful, but I’m a little shocked at how hard Jobson is hitting out at Will. Also saw Eden bringing up Will’s jokes from March.

    • Nic919 says:

      Jobson is mad because they directly lied to him. He apparently has the emails too. He indicated that they had good information about William testing positive and so he checked with KP and with the flat out denial he did not proceed with the story.

      We wouldn’t be fine with trump lying like this and there is no reason for William to escape scrutiny.

      • Becks1 says:

        ohhhhh that explains why he’s so mad then. He had a scoop but sat on it bc of KP’s denial. Wonder how he got his “good information” about William being positive? Maybe a staff member leaked?

  9. Abena Asantewaa says:

    I could care less. It’s all too fishy, he was zooming almost everyday, I think it was just a positive test, that’s all, but William is being a martyr about it. Fake!

  10. Sarah says:

    Good. First Depp and now this. I am enjoying today. I don’t want to jinx anything (looking at you USA) but can we have a few more days of this please?

  11. MissMarierose says:

    So, they found the Kensington courtiers credible until right now?! Huh.
    I suppose that should make them rethink their prior stories that relied on those lying leakers, but I doubt many of the so-called reporters in the royal rota are capable of such introspection.

  12. Kalana says:

    They are pissed off because we all know they would been deferential little lapdogs and painted the Cambridges as saints and bashed the Sussexes so all that obsequiousness was for nothing if the Cambridges still hide stories from them.

    This way they’ve missed out on months of attacking Harry and Meghan.

  13. Silver Charm says:

    He didn’t want to worry people? People SHOULD be worried. Like when Tom and Rita tested positive was a jolt to a lot of folks, maybe William contracting coronavirus would’ve got some people to take this thing seriously.

    • MegJ says:

      Exactly! It’s the same reason the Queen and King refused to leave London during the blitz. To show support to the people, to show them how they too can get through this. If royalty no longer do this, it begs the question, what’s the point?

    • A says:

      Not to mention, people are HIRED for the job of worrying about these things! Those staffers draw up contingency plans for EVERYTHING. That’s what they do. Because these things need planning!

      When they say William didn’t tell anyone, exactly who do they mean? Who did he keep this information from? Just the public? Or was it other people too? Because if it was other people, then that’s not good.

  14. S808 says:

    Even broken clocks are right twice a day. Usually I’d tell them to mind their own business cause they all have a weird sense of entitlement and they just want stories but not disclosing this for MONTHS seems big to me. I know he doesn’t have much power but already hiding information like this and attempting to slip it through the Sunday news at 11PM as the 2nd in line is so shady. Idk if I’m getting my thoughts across clearly but I feel like he does not want to be accountable to the public for anything while living off of their money. He’s already set up a precedent of not working nearly as much as the queen or charles. It feels like he’s setting up a precedent of not disclosing vital information like this as well.

  15. Melissa says:

    I don’t get the ire over this story. He had it the same time his father had it. He carried on doing Zoom engagements while he was quarantined, so his case couldn’t have been that bad. I understand not wanting to cop to it in public when the Queen is a billion years old, the next in line is positive and much likelier to have complications because even he’s elderly, and the next heir is what, 7?

    Also, if Charles and William had it at the same time and they didn’t want to announce that both heirs were ill, it makes sense to hide William as no one would notice his absence for a few weeks since he barely works anyway. Charles lying low for even a couple days arouses suspicion, since ya know, he actually does stuff.

    • Nic919 says:

      Apparently the press did ask KP if he had it and they lied. Jobson mentions that the Standard asked them directly and KP said no.

    • equality says:

      He was doing zoom sitting right next to Kate with no mask or distancing. That shows a HIGH disregard for his wife’s health since she was reportedly negative. Is she that expendable to him, that her health is less important than his facade? Even healthy people have died from this. Charles was honest and stayed away from Camilla.

    • Becks1 says:

      Well, I can understand why the RRs are mad because there is an understanding that key health info is shared. When Kate was hospitalized with HG that was shared. This is part of the “deal” the royals have with the reporters. Also, the timeline doesn’t add up. If William was sick at the same time as Charles (late March), then he may have potentially exposed people at public events. If he was sick later, then it WASNT the same time as Charles so the information could have been shared, even after the fact (“the duke of Cambridge was diagnosed with COVID 19 two weeks ago and has fully recovered.”)

      And honestly, if two of the direct heirs ARE sick with a potentially life-threatening illness, I do think the public has the right to know.

      • S808 says:

        Yeah, the health of the heirs is something I think the RRs have a right to report on and I don’t blame them for being pissed that they were blatantly lied to (according to Jobson) when they asked if William had it. We’re in a global health crisis. Transparency is needed. See

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        “…could’ve been announced after…” Hmmm…just like H&M did with Archie’s birth. One acceptable, the other not.

        Nope..totally hypocritical.

    • Lemons says:

      The original sin is that William cannot keep his mouth shut. If he had COVID, no one needs to know now since you lied. If you didn’t have COVID, why lie that you had it for brownie points?

      Either way, this could have been a private family affair, but he couldn’t keep the secret. This screams Pedo Andy levels of stupidity and incompetence.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      The thing is, this is akin to me having coronavirus and going to the office and continuing to mingle with the public. Absolutely reckless! He is the FFK and always has a barrage of people following him around, so who exactly did he tell and who exactly did he not tell! The people and his coworkers need to know this. This can get the ordinary man arrested.

    • Donna says:

      Like the others have stated, the news came out saying Charles had the virus; camilla, william, kate, etc. were tested & these people didn’t have it; etc. etc. So the news lied about william then.

  16. ABritGuest says:

    I remember speculation that the Queen had coronavirus & now I wouldn’t be surprised if she had and it was kept quiet.

    All this proves is how the Firm is able to keep things on the low. If William told an onlooker, I wonder how long the Sun was sitting on this info. Also seems the Firm might have lied to royal reporters when they asked if William or others had coronavirus. Reminds me that when Meghan’s court papers said she wasn’t allowed to defend herself and KP briefed the Times that they couldn’t defend stories that were “true”.

    The rota are just mad they couldn’t sensationalise this news& get more clicks etc because they’ve been suffering during covid times. I have no sympathy for them. William will probably bring the kids out or leak something about another royal & that will be the end of the moaning. But actually this is a public interest story if anyone has unknowingly been exposed because the diagnosis was kept quiet & nobody will look into that. Given how cavalier royals seem to be with masks etc were they really taking all precautions eg when delivering food to people near Amner Hall in April.

    And why did the Firm announce Sophie having to isolate because of she had been around someone with covid but it was ok for William who had it to keep quiet. Makes me think that perhaps BP didn’t know about William at the time?

  17. tee says:

    if their reasoning for not disclosing is that they didnt want to alarm, then there’s no excuse for them not to have even announced that he had recovered. the real is reason is probably that it was counter to all the narrative building around that time, making w&k out to be the saviors of the monarchy with the queen and charles out of commission due to their riskiness. this likely never gets revealed if it weren’t leaked, and it def begs the question what else they’re not being transparent about for the sake of narrative.

    as always, however, the cambridges will escape this should-be scandal unscathed.

    • Bluj1515 says:

      Tee, agreed. The “good PR” move would have been to quietly announce in April that he had had it and recovered from acute symptoms. Not either leak it to the Sun or magically get overheard by the Sun and only the Sun discussing it at an in person engagement a few days before the second lockdown.

      • Maevo says:

        Yeah I’m really confused about why this is coming out now. William has decided he wants it known all of a sudden? Why?? What’s his strategy there? So he can be some kind of authority on covid or something??

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Only palmer and jobson are outspoken about this issue. I think that’s because they’re really in the clarence house camp. The rest are mute. If this was harry and meghan the entire rota wouldn’t be able to shut up about this. Even chris ship who wants to seem impartial said in a tweet to someone who brought up the issue of double standards said that William was funded by the Duchy of Cornwall not the taxpayers. Really? He never said that about harry and meghan.

    • Nic919 says:

      That’s a good point. Could Charles be behind this leak? Quite possible because it makes billy look deceitful and trumpian. Maybe skipping a generation as some want isn’t the best thing.

      • Millenial says:

        I think Charles has been behind… a lot, and he has dodged a lot of responsibility for what went down with the Sussexes, as well. It would not surprise me one bit if this came from him. Those YouGov polls came out last week. Charles hates anyone being more popular than himself. W&K have only benefitted from H&M being gone, and Charles may have though he needed to take them down a peg.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Charles leaking it was my thought too. There have been a string of negative stories about William lately, and it feels like Charles is pushing back against William’s “look at all my king-like qualities, make me king now” tabloid stories and photo ops.

      • ABritGuest says:

        It’s interesting I can see Charles lodging a bit of a fight back- him & Camilla invited the Fail to Highgrove recently& when I saw that this weekend thought he was probably cosying up to the press to get the edge over KP (and there would be a Sussex leak).

        I think news emerging now could be govt related. A few weeks ago Tory government was pushing back on opposition requests for a lockdown & William was expressing his concern about lockdown & impact on mental health in the media. This weekend Boris is forced to announce another national lockdown, this news comes out & William is talking about how lockdown should be taken seriously. He seems to be very much a government prop right now. Remember he was also out straight away at a pub when government wanted to encourage people to eat & drink out again, which turned out to be a disastrous policy that helped bring about more covid cases.

      • Golly Gee says:

        I take back what I said. I should’ve read the blog with the Sun story first because it definitely paints William as selfless and brave, and it sounds like he shilled/cooperated for the story. But as usual their PR is backfiring on them. I bet Charles is grinning though.

      • February-Pisces says:

        @golly gee, well that was my initial thought on the story, that William wanted to be seen as the wounded warrior who fought Covid whilst single handily running the monarchy and leading the country too. Whilst Charles and the queen were self isolating, and Harry “abandoned” his family, Willie stepped up to be the ‘true saviour’ of the family. I think he probably though he didn’t get enough praise during his regency campaign the first time round so is taking another stab at it for extra points.

        I still don’t entirely believe he had it. It just doesn’t add up.

  19. Becks1 says:

    Ha, Jobson blocked me too!

    I do think its a problem this wasn’t announced before now (and still wasn’t announced, it was just leaked.) I don’t think the public has to know every time William has a cold. but this wasn’t a cold. This was a highly contagious disease. Was his staff protected? Did William quarantine? If he was as sick as the reports indicate, was there a risk that he would have to be hospitalized?

  20. Elizabeth Regina says:

    I suspect something worse is about to go down. Why release this information now? What other bombshell is willileaks and the palace sitting on? The PR and embiggening campaign just keeps going from bad to worse.

    • Betsy says:

      Precisely. And I have to say I’m looking forward to this.

    • February-Pisces says:

      We are very good here at reading in between the lines here, but it’s crazy to think of how much is actually going on behind palace doors, that we have no idea about. What else are they hiding?

      The thing that Diana, harry and Meghan had in common is that they wanted the truth out there. Diana was desperate to tell her story, and I think harry is too. However the rest of the royals try so hard to keep their truth HIDDEN, at any cost. I would love to know what Willie is actually hiding, cos I think his secrets go beyond Rose.

  21. Black Betty says:

    Lying is a bad PR move

  22. Noki says:

    Isnt this going to put into question anything they deny in future? And anyways they are never mad at William for too long because he has a whole list of people to give them and throw under the bus.

  23. M Narang says:

    Let’s enjoy this delicious moment when even the RRs turn against Prince William. I promise you it won’t last. Even if it’s true, there are tons of pictures of Wills not wearing a mask, even in April and we do now know that antibodies to COVID-19 do not last so he could easily catch it again. Finally, I’m not sure if this is a harbinger of something big or if Daddy Charles is finally taking a swing as pay back.

  24. Dynastysurf says:

    I’m not bothered by this? Typically the palaces will only announce any kind of medical information about the royals when it requires hospitalization, or if it will interfere with engagements (as in the case of Kate’s morning sickness where they had to cancel things relatively last-minute). Charles’ case was only announced/confirmed because he had to self-isolate (and I’m assuming contact tracing was also involved bc he’d been out and about, so it would’ve been leaked regardless). William was already at home, no in-person engagements until after the midway point in April, when he would’ve in all likelihood been finished with his quarantine period. The reporters are annoyed they weren’t allowed to break the news and he let it slip himself, but this isn’t the big deal they want it to be.

    • Nic919 says:

      Since we don’t actually know when he tested positive we don’t actually know when he was infectious and whether or not members of the public were exposed. And the food delivery photo was smack in the middle of April so it’s hard to say that was during a time he wasn’t infectious. Covid is a global public health crisis and those who test positive have an obligation to advise people they have come in contact with that they tested positive. What does it say when he doesn’t even comply with obligations that ordinary people have to do when they test positive for covid? There is no justification for having kept silent on this. It’s hypocritical to suggest otherwise.

    • notasugarhere says:

      He openly mocked the dangers of COVID-19. He has consistently gone without masks while visiting vulnerable populations, potentially while he was infectious.

      They should have announced the second he tested positive. Kate and kids should have been immediately tested and their results announced. They should have announced they were following medical guidelines around distancing, isolation, quarantine, etc.

      This makes me wonder about the timeline. Was this the reason why they didn’t return Charlotte to school when govt regulations said they should have?

      • Nic919 says:

        That was in May so it fits. But it looks like the kids still aren’t attending school so who knows if they ever intend to return until there is a vaccine.

  25. Amelie says:

    I’m a bit divided over this. William is entitled to keeping his medical info private as any person is and to recover in private without the added stress of the entire media knowing. I’m glad he is okay, even if I may not be a huge fan of him personally. Many celebrities contracted coronavirus over the last few months and the majority of them only revealed it after the fact once the danger had passed. Some people kept it quiet for months before revealing it. It seems every day there’s a new story in the news about a celebrity contracting COVID-19 in March and only talking about it now. I think a lot of people are also maybe ashamed they caught it–lots of people were being very cavalier in the early days and not taking enough precautions (and some still are). William and Kate’s last person in engagement before lockdown was in mid-March. I’m wondering how he contracted it if he and Kate were in “isolation” at Anmer. Now Kate looking upset and tired in those Zoom calls make sense. She was dealing with an ailing husband in quarantine and was worried about him, while also dealing with three kids.

    However, William is an heir to the throne and the public deserves transparency when it comes to his overall health. It was a mistake to keep the news under wraps for months like this. They could have come out late April and made a short statement confirming the Prince contracted the virus, quarantined for the appropriate length of time, and then made a full recovery and is doing fine. To hide it for months like this makes it suspicious. Were they ever going to announce it at some point if the Sun had not gotten the scoop? Was Prince William embarrassed for getting it after making light of it? I can’t see any kind of advantage from not being transparent about it after the fact.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree that holding off a few weeks when he was recovered would have been better. But they need to be clear on when he tested positive so as to clear up exactly when he was infectious. Who knows how many people may have caught it from him during that time?

    • Harper says:

      He hid it while looking like death warmed over, probably scaring the heck out of Kate when she was forced to zoom next to him. That period in April/May when she was doing her own hair was probably when he was infected and even Kate wouldn’t subject her hairdresser to the corona. Maybe she has a little heart after all.

      The news here is that this info was confirmed by Kensington Palace, NOT voluntarily released to the press by them. Will we get a statement from KP soon, clarifying the dates Will was tested and coming clean about the real timeline? According to The Times UK, KP is confirming only and not commenting on the story. How long will the press stand for extended silence?

    • Tessa says:

      OTOH, many did go public. Like Mr and Mrs Tom Hanks told the public Right Away they contracted COVID 19. ANd many others came right out and said so.

  26. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    I bet PWT is incandescent right now, flinging out blame and striding around trying to put the blame on someone else. PWT is never response for his own actions. He’s been so ridiculously over-indulged and privileged that the idea of consequences just don’t apply to him. Rather than apologising for his barefaced lie (God, I HATE liars), he’ll be tasking Buttons or his lackeys to create a diversion. Because he thinks we’re all so inferior that we won’t go ‘ooh! Squirrel!’ but simply accept the diversion and go back to worshipping him. Expect some nasty nonsense about the Sussexes in the coming days. But I predict that because the Sussexes are out of the media’s reach, they’ll start a campaign to cut him down to size. The media live on a diet of carcasses and shattered reputations, after all.
    PWT has no integrity.

  27. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    “The UK expects honesty from public figures…”🤣

  28. Harla says:

    I just took a peek at Jobson’s Twitter site and quite a few people are saying how brave William is and that he didn’t lie even when Jobson states several times that KP was asked directly and said No, William doesn’t have COVID. It’s so frustrating and scary when people are so blind that when told the truth they still won’t believe it.

    • Kalana says:

      They know better. They’ll walk away from William when they can’t use him to attack the Sussexes. Maybe some of them are genuinely Kate fans but almost no one is actually a William fan.

      • Tessa says:

        THe Kate fans are William fans too because most want to have a go at Harry and Meghan. What is especially irritating are the photos of Harry and Kate with all the pearl clutching about how Harry “must” miss their “friendship.”

    • Nic919 says:

      A lot of twitter accounts are sock puppets and so I would take that with a grain of salt. The RRs attracted a lot of those types when they would criticize Meghan. The responses on the BBC tweet are interesting though because they have a wider audience and along with the “how is this breaking news” comments there are many questioning why this was hidden.

  29. Katie says:

    this is one of those times I’m glad other people had the sense to criticize. I would’ve fallen for the “didn’t want to worry anybody” gaslighting despite feeling really, deeply uncomfortable about this.

  30. Suz says:

    Hey Richard Palmer, Trump didn’t cover up that HE had it but he covered up the seriousness of the virus early on and look at the state of the US. And even when Trump did get it, he still downplayed how serious the virus is. I’d say that’s much worse than Prince Bill’s cover up.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Yeah, his addition of Trump in that list annoyed me

    • Nic919 says:

      No one actually knows when trump first tested positive and he deliberately skipped being tested prior to the first debate. It is only when a reporter confirmed that Hope Hicks tested positive that people started to wonder about him and his symptoms got much worse and he panicked and couldn’t hide it.

      William simply lied when the press asked him if he had it, so there is a similarity there and we still don’t know when he first tested positive so there are people who came into contact with him that could have caught it from him and passed it on to others without knowing, so the main difference here is that William got away with lying about it and trump didn’t.

    • Tessa says:

      Also, it was very well publicized when politicians came near some who tested positive. It was well publicized that Pence had to go into isolation after he came in contact with a COVID positive staff worker.

  31. Merricat says:

    The most disturbing thing to me is that if William did, in fact, suffer from COVID-19, his subsequent behavior–i.e., his inconsistency with mask-wearing–is unbelievably irresponsible. To not have it and act this way is foolish, but to have had it and act this way in spite of it is appalling.

    • Jessie says:

      THIS! I can’t believe this isn’t higher in the comments to be honest. If he had it, and it was a rough case like they are spinning, he of all people should know how important masking and protecting is! And he just wandered around like a plague rat!

  32. Vanessa says:

    The Double standards and the pure hypocrisy of this is unbelievable Meghan and Harry we’re literally made to look like horribly people because they wanted Archie birth private . Just last weekend there were articles about how William was in a fit of rage because Meghan and Harry wanted privacy for Archie baptism and his godparents names not release William wanted the public to know the ins and outs of Meghan birth carnal . But William can have a deadly disease And not information the public because of some Bullshit reason like not wanting to worry anyone I called bullshit William and Kensington Palace we’re playing petty power grab games while Charles was sick . The Cambridge’s stans are bunch of straight up hypocrisy who love to attack Meghan and Harry for every little thing but the Cambridge’s lie and hide things all the time . WIlliam isn’t Brave he a liar and manipulative he knowingly went around people when he was sick In Dangerous how many people he thinks because his second In line he can do what ever he wants . This whole he doesn’t have to say anything is bullshit and he entitled to privacy no he is not allowed any sort of privacy especially when the tax player are paying for him and his family .

  33. L4frimaire says:

    I am somewhat amused by their sputtering and faux outrage. I really don’t care that these fools are mad. They’ve been doing KPs bidding for 3 years to smear the Sussexes for existing and being competent at their jobs. Part of the anger, which they won’t admits, is if Will’s Covid diagnosis was actually disclosed at the time, Harry most likely would have actually returned to England, and they probably know this. Oh well, missed some potentially good scoops and revenue. They spent all this time building up the Cambridge’s at the expense of tearing down the Sussexes, so don’t complain when your boy ain’t shit.

    • Boy says:

      Whew, I hadn’t considered this. Kudos to you for picking up on that implication

    • Nyro says:

      I hadn’t even thought of that! You’re right. If the world had known that both his brother and father were stricken with covid, Harry would have had to make his way to London to show his face and help stabilize things. He very likely would have shown up and that whole “storyline” would have been enough for the rota rats to pay their bills for the next four months.

  34. CindyP says:

    So it’s OK for William, second in line to the throne, to hide a life threatening illness, while lots of racist Brits & British tabloid trash lost their minds when Meghan & Harry had their baby in privacy.

    Got it

  35. CindyP says:

    Hmm, William was enraged when Meghan & Harry had their baby in privacy

    The hypocrisy is astounding. He is such an awful person

  36. Loretta says:

    LMAO William is being dragged everywhere. It’s what he deserves

    • Scorpion says:

      I saw that even the Fail’s commentariat are dragging him. It’s a mixture of disbelief, apathy and overall disgust for the whole institution. The Cambridge stans are trying to regroup and are preaching about kindness…

  37. RoyalBlue says:

    It’s because he would have had egg on his face if he announced it right away, having joked about it mere weeks before. He has never addressed those comments he made about it by the way. Such a disgusting person.

  38. jferber says:

    Can they push Wills and Kate out like they did Harry and Meghan? If so, where would they go? Not the U.S. for sure, but what about Australia? I could see them in Australia.

    • Elle says:

      they wouldn’t last a week in Australia

      also, no thank you

      • Carrie says:

        Agree with Elle. No thank you. Please don’t tour here (Aus), either. We don’t need to waste thousands of dollars on security and accommodation for two idiots who don’t really give a flying fk about anything but themselves.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Humpty has a job for life. He’s not going anywhere and will do some lame interview with some synchophant to pretend he’s the best future king and statesman ever. They’ll circle the wagons and swarm H& M again because they’re the only ones they can channel their anger at. The RRs are either defensive and not talking about it, and the ones that are will probably delete their tweets. Look at that ridiculous headline from the Independent saying William is winning the PR game over Harry. Harry’s not playing with these clowns.

  39. jferber says:

    RoyalBlue, I’m assuming you’re British because if William is “disgusting” to you, I can’t imagine what trump would look like to you if you lived here. I would take William as president of the U.S. instead of trump (please, God, let Biden win) ANY day of the week. Truly. With pleasure. And I think William is a total ass. In other words, your jerk is a total walk in the park compared to our jerk, who is actually a monster.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      @jferber, nah, I am an equal opportunity hater. I live in a British Overseas Territory where God Save the Queen is the national anthem, but I am neither British nor American. The thought of Willileaks as a head of state is repulsive. I am all for a parliamentary democracy with a president as head of state. No more of this hereditary rights nonsense.

  40. smee says:

    I love his hat in the first foto ;)

  41. Lauren says:

    I expect to see the children paraded soon. Very soon.

  42. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    Oh yes this is delightful. The fact William is being turned on so quickly is what entertains me. These reporters are done keeping his secrets and I expect we’ll be seeing an expose soon on how William overuses the national security card. This is going to be great.

  43. Mamasan says:

    I read William self isolated at Amner Hall on Twitter. Was Kate and the kids there too?

    • Becks1 says:

      That’s what we were told, that the whole family was at Anmer, and they were doing zoom calls together and such.

  44. MA says:

    It’s simple. The heirs perform a constitutional role and are public officials. That’s why their spending, whereabouts, health status during a deadly pandemic are relevant, in the public interest and deserve public scrutiny. They are NOT simple celebrities, who don’t owe the public any of that. Also, any public or private figure has a duty to disclose when they get a highly contagious and deadly disease and come into contact with others for public health reasons. My local grocer had to shut down and disclose when their employee got Covid for heaven’s sake. To do otherwise is purely irresponsible and reckless.

    William and the royal family flat out LIED and flouted their duty and role. They also deceived the public and endangered the lives of others he came into contact with but I guess that’s the price the rest of the peasants have to pay for royalty. Selfish, hypocritical and deceitful.

  45. one of the Marys says:

    I’m taking enjoyment in his bad PR after all the hell he unleashed on his brother and sister in law. Yeah keep blundering on

  46. Gobo says:

    This story could have kept tabloid sales high for months. They’re gonna be so pissed. The well of fluffy puff pieces on him and Kate might be about to run dry for a while.

  47. Nyro says:

    He couldn’t disclose it for two reasons, one bigger than the other. First off, weeks prior he’d joked about covid while people in China and Italy were already dying in droves, so he was too much of a coward to face the well deserved dragging he would have gotten. And secondly, and most importantly, it was kept a secret because because he didn’t want it traced to Rose. Of course he was with her during that time.

  48. Tessa says:

    Cambridge stans are adoring this man for his “smart” move. They don’t think he can do anything wrong and fawn all over him. So sickening.

  49. The Recluse says:

    Hahahahahahahaha! So he’s getting a taste of his own medicine. Good.

  50. Sass says:

    Lol Bobby Jobby blocked you?! I love it when they get all upset. Also I just wanted to give him a silly nickname.