The coronavirus has torn through the globe, indiscriminately infecting millions, with no eye for race, gender, class or wealth.
If you needed proof the virus can hit anyone and everyone, look no further than the world’s royals who have been both infected with the virus, in the case of the UK’s Prince Charles, and died as one Spanish royal did back in March.
Now, another has fallen victim to the illness, becoming yet another COVID-19 case in Europe where countries have been absolutely slammed by the virus.
Following the illness and recovery of her father Prince Albert II of Monaco, Jazmin Grimaldi has confirmed she too has been diagnosed with the illness.
Jazmin details ‘excruciating’ coronavirus experience
Taking to Instagram the granddaughter of Grace Kelly explained she had tested positive for the virus in news she says came as no surprise after a harrowing week of illness.
“This wasn’t a shock to me per se, as over this past week I have had COVID-19 symptoms,” she told her 17,000 followers in a lengthy video describing the ordeal.
Jazmin said she was compelled to share the ‘excruciating’ experience in a bid to remind others that the virus is still very much a threat to healthy, young people.
The daughter of Prince Albert is only 28-years-old and healthy, but she described the virus as debilitating.
“COVID-19 is still very much out there,” she warned her followers, confirming the news that she had tested positive.
“I just want to say I have been really cautious, I have been social distancing,” she said. “I always wear a mask and I always sanitise.”
“I, unfortunately, have seen a lot of people around me who have not been abiding by the rules,” she continued.
Jazmin went on to describe her symptoms which last a week, and are ongoing.
“On the night of July 4 [the first night] I started to feel a scratchy throat and not 100% myself,” she said.
“That night I became restless. I started to feel a fever coming on and chills and aches in my body really bad.”
She explained that the fever continued unbroken for at least four days, interlaced with sudden, and severe migraines that left her bedridden.
“I started developing migraines and headaches lingering throughout the days,” she said, describing the worst of them as ’debilitating’.
“[The symptoms] just ‘boom’, hit you,” she admitted.
“It was excruciating and exhausting.”
Jazmin the ‘secret’ daughter of Monaco’s Prince Albert II
Jazmin is the daughter of Prince Albert and Tamara Jean Rotolo.
Her parents were never married and she is not in line to the Monegasque throne, her paternity only confirmed in 2006 by her father. Jazmin and her mother were previously unknown to the world.
She was raised in the US, but has embraced public life since she was introduced to the world as a hidden royal, embarking on a career as an actor and singer and appearing at events in Monaco with her royal family members.
Royals hit by coronavirus across the globe
She’s not the first royal to feel the effects of the global pandemic.
In the UK, Princess Beatrice’s wedding to fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi had to be cancelled, a blow both to the happy couple and to royal watchers excited to witness the big day.
Princess Raiyah of Jordan also had a major change to her nuptials because of the pandemic, taking advantage of the relaxed coronavirus restrictions currently in place in England to say ‘I do’ to her British fiancé, Ned Donovan, in a tiny socially distanced ceremony instead of the planned lavish affair in Jordan.
In Belgium, Prince Joachim also tested positive to the virus, though in his case he contracted it after attending a party in Spain, which Spanish media said broke lockdown rules because of the number of people there.
In Greece, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark was set to marry American lawyer Matthew Kumar later this month on the island of Spetses, however, the wedding was put on hold as a result of the pandemic.