Prince William battled with the coronavirus back in April but kept it a secret as he didn’t want to alarm the public, according to a report.
The Sun reports the 38-year-old was left ‘struggling to breathe’ just days after his father, Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed they had contracted COVID-19.
"William was hit pretty hard by the virus - it really knocked him for six,” a source said.
“There were important things going on and he didn’t want to worry anyone.”
The source claims Prince William was “struggling to breathe” and “everyone around him was pretty panicked.”
The Duke of Cambridge is said to have been treated by doctors at his Anmer Hall home in Norfolk and isolated from his family.
Prince William was reportedly determined to carry out the official royal duties he had committed to and carried out 13 Zoom engagements.
The future king reportedly didn’t want to alarm the nation by revealing he had contracted the virus.
“As a result of his own experiences, he realises absolutely anyone can catch this awful disease - and knows how imperative it is that we all take this second lockdown seriously,” the source said.
Over the weekend, Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown for England to prevent a "medical and moral disaster" for the NHS.
In March, 71-year-old Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus after suffering from mild symptoms.
"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual," Clarence House said.
"In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.
"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."
In June, Prince Charles had still not fully regained his sense of smell and taste, almost three months after contracting coronavirus.
During a visit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital he revealed to the staff he met that he was still experiencing some symptoms following his "mild" case of the virus.
Jeff Mills, 47, a healthcare assistant from Cheltenham General Hospital, told media: "He did speak of his personal experience, so first-hand experience for him.
"He also spoke about his loss of smell and taste and, sort of, still felt he's still got it now."
Camilla hailed NHS workers and their response to the global health crisis as she described them as "Britain at its best".
A Buckingham Palace aide also tested positive for coronavirus around that time, while the 93-year-old Queen was still living there.
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