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Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced.

The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the 72-year-old Duchess of Cornwall has been tested but does not have the virus.

Prince Charles and his wife are now self-isolating at Balmoral.

According to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on March 12, but was “in good health”.

The palace added that Prince Philip was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen was now “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”.

A Clarence House statement read: “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.”

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Prince Charles’s last public engagement was on March 12 – the same day he last saw the Queen – when he attended a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort.

However, the prince has also been working from home over the last few days, and has held a number of private meetings with Highgrove and Duchy of Cornwall individuals, all of whom have been made aware.

A number of household staff at Birkhall – Prince Charles’s residence on the Balmoral estate – are now self-isolating at their own homes.

A palace source said Prince Charles has spoken to both the Queen and his sons – Prince William and Prince Harry – and is in good spirits.