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Revealing Prince William’s coronavirus illness would have been a public service

The news that Britain’s Prince William battled covid-19 in April but didn’t publicly disclose his illness is a blow to more than royal credibility. By remaining silent when England was in a pandemic lockdown, William passed up an opportunity to play a positive role during a public health crisis — possibly to his future subjects’ detriment.



a man wearing a suit and hat standing next to a woman: Britain's Prince William looks on as Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to officially open the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, England, on Oct. 15. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)


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Britain’s Prince William looks on as Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to officially open the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, England, on Oct. 15. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

At one point while he was sick, the prince “struggled to breathe,“ according to the Sun, the British tabloid that broke the story. William, second in line to the throne, was stricken shortly after his father, Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the virus in late March. William, now 38, isolated at his country home, in Norfolk, England, and was treated by palace doctors.

William’s illness became public after he reportedly told an observer about it at a recent event, saying, “There were important things going on, and I didn’t want to worry anyone.“

There is a logic to some arguments against disclosure: Kensington Palace wanted to avoid further public anxiety when the immediate heir to the throne and prime minister were also known to be sick. The royal family might not have wanted to steal thunder from the queen’s rare broadcast in early April thanking front-line workers and reassuring Britons in lockdown that “better days will return.“ And many royal medical procedures and illnesses have been made public only after having been addressed.

It makes no sense, however, to have kept William’s illness a secret in the spring, when disclosing it might have profoundly affected people’s understanding of the pandemic threat.

Coronavirus infections have risen sharply in Britain, where the Office for National Statistics estimated last week that 1 in 100 people in England have covid-19, up from 1 in 200 about a month ago. In July, the share was 1 in 2,300.

With the number of covid cases on course to overtake the National Health Service’s capacity, the prime minister recently announced a four-week lockdown — to begin Thursday — and the closure of nonessential businesses. Criticism of this second lockdown (the government is “giving in to the scientific advisers,” opined a former leader of Johnson’s own Conservative Party) is itself an argument for telling the public about William’s experience.

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 1 million covid cases and more than 46,000 deaths. In April, when Johnson was moved to intensive care, Britain had recorded some 48,000 confirmed cases and about 4,900 deaths.

Knowing that the virus had sickened William, an athletic former helicopter pilot with three young children, might have influenced people’s understanding of the pandemic threat. The share of Britons wearing face masks in public didn’t climb above 50 percent until the first week of July, according to U.K. government data. It was

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Wales release Liam Williams back to Scarlets to prove Six Nations fitness | Rugby Union News

British and Irish Lions star will play for Scarlets on Friday night against Benetton in the PRO14, with the 29-year-old still shaking off a long-term ankle injury; will rejoin national squad on Monday

Last Updated: 21/10/20 4:00pm

Liam Williams has been told to prove his fitness before Wales' Six Nations match against Scotland

Liam Williams has been told to prove his fitness before Wales’ Six Nations match against Scotland

Wales have released full-back Liam Williams to play for Scarlets this weekend so he can prove his fitness ahead of the Six Nations match against Scotland.

Williams will play for his region on Friday night against Benetton in the PRO14, with the 29-year-old still shaking off a long-term ankle injury.

The British and Irish Lions star missed Wales’ World Cup semi-final loss to South Africa in October 2019 after suffering the ankle problem in training and has only played once since.

Now though, the former Saracens man will have a chance to prove his fitness ahead of the rearranged Six Nations encounter with Scotland at the Principality Stadium on October 31.

Dragons winger Jonah Holmes has also been released for regional action this weekend as Wales boss Wayne Pivac looks to keep his squad fresh.

“Liam Williams (Scarlets) and Jonah Holmes (Dragons) have been released from the national squad back to their respective regions for action this weekend,” read a Wales statement.

“They will re-join the national squad on Monday.”

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