Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to the Queen’s son Prince Edward, is self-isolating at home after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
“Earlier this week The Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Friday, People magazine reports.
“Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.”
The 55-year-old will likely stay at her Bagshot Park home, where she lives with her husband and their two children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, and continue her work virtually where possible.
It’s been a busy week for Sophie as she carried out a number of royal engagements. Earlier this week, the countess took part in the first 2 kilometres of the London Marathon, in support of UK charity Mencap.
A few days later, Sophie was pictured visiting the National Space Centre to mark #WorldSpaceWeek, and to see first-hand the educational programs on offer.
“The Countess met a small number of students participating in the National Space Academy’s Space Engineering Course and heard from them about the key role the Centre plays in space education in the UK,” the royal family’s official Instagram page captioned the post.
Sophie isn’t the first British royal to come into contact with the virus either. In March, her brother-in-law Prince Charles tested positive for the virus. At the time, Charles spent seven days self-isolating in Scotland after displaying mild symptoms. The Duchess of Cornwall was also tested for Covid-19 but did not have the virus.
Opening up about his diagnosis at the time, Charles said: “Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus, luckily with relatively mild symptoms, I now find myself on the other side of the illness but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation.
“As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often a distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal stresses of life are suddenly removed.
“At such an unprecedented and anxious period in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all of those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances and of all of those who are having to endure sickness, isolation, and loneliness.”
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