Kensington Palace announced on July 5 that Kate Middleton, 39, was in self-isolation after possible exposure to COVID-19. The decision to isolate was made after Middleton came into contact with someone who later tested positive for the virus. The scare has people wondering if the royal family is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Middleton had been previously scheduled to attend an event on July 5 with Prince William celebrating the 73rd birthday of Britain’s National Health Service. She has reportedly not come down with any symptoms, but British public health guidelines dictate that anyone potentially exposed to the coronavirus must quarantine at home for 10 days.
Despite the health scare, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are vaccinated. On May 20, Prince William tweeted from the royal couple’s shared Twitter account that he had received his first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Shortly after, Middleton did the same.
“Yesterday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at London’s Science Museum,” Middleton wrote on May 29. “I’m hugely grateful to everyone who is playing a part in the rollout—thank you for everything you are doing.”
Royal sources announced in January that other members of the royal family are also vaccinated. Both the Queen and Prince Philip received their shots from a household doctor at Windsor Castle, before Philip’s passing on April 9. It was later revealed that Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, received their vaccines in February.
William and Kate also advocated for the vaccine during a February video call with two women in high-priority groups who were hesitant to get their shots.
“[We] are not medical experts by any means, but if it’s any consolation, we can wholeheartedly support having vaccinations. It’s really, really important,” Prince William told the women.
“So it’s great that you’re taking the time to work it out and come to the conclusion that ‘I need to do this,’ because social media is awash sometimes with lots of rumors and misinformation, so we have to be a bit careful who we believe and where we get our information from,” he continued. “Especially for those who are clinically vulnerable as well, it’s so important that those vaccinations are done, so good luck.”
“I hope [the vaccine] comes as a huge relief in the end,” Middleton said. “I know there’s maybe the anxiety and the worry leading up to it, but I hope for all of you it will add a bit of normality back to your lives and confidence as well as we go forward into the spring; that would be great.”