The first royal with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been revealed

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As coronavirus continues to spread around the Europe, the first royal to have a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been revealed.

The 59-year-old royal tested positive for the virus, but revealed to Austrian TV channel oe24 in a phone call that he’s coping well with the condition.

“It's annoying, but I'm fine. It's not the black plague," he said.

"I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested."

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The King and Queen of Spain also revealed they have been tested, after Letizia came into contact with someone who tested positive for the condition.

The statement read, 'The results of the tests of the COVID-19 carried out yesterday to Their Majesties are negative. Following the recommendations of the health authorities, Her Majesty the Queen will remain without activities and will carry out the periodic temperature taking controls required in these situations.'

It comes as Prince Edward was forced to cancel a royal engagement this week, the Anglo-Swedish Society reception at Buckingham Palace.

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“It was due to a duty of care. The Earl of Wessex and the Anglo-Swedish Society made the decision jointly,” said Alexander Malmaeus, chairman of the society.

Buckingham Palace is also due to soon make an announcement on how the British royal family will be dealing with the new measures the government has advised.

The Queen has already postponed two visits, and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are also rescheduling their tour to The Republic of Cyprus and Jordan.

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.