March 04, 2020
Prince William cracked what some critics considered to be an insensitive joke about the deadly coronavirus outbreak during a royal engagement in Dublin on Tuesday.
Prince William Jokes About Spreading Coronavirus During Royal Engagement
“I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying’, and you’re like, ‘No, you’ve just got a cough,’” the Duke of Cambridge was caught on camera telling first responder Joe Mooney at a reception at the Guinness Storehouse.
William also asked Mooney if he thought the crisis that has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide was being “a little bit hyped up” by the media.
In separate footage, William was seen saying: “By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, Sorry. We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop.”
The context of those apparently joking comments is not entirely clear.
Check out the full video above.Prince William was heard speaking about coronavirus to emergency workers during a visit to Dublin's Guinness Brewery with wife Kate. "I bet everyone's like, 'I've got coronavirus, I'm dying,' and you're like, 'no, you've just got a cough'," he said. pic.twitter.com/bLN7ztXEIw— NBC News World (@NBCNewsWorld) March 4, 2020William’s overall tone drew scorn from some people on Twitter, who accused him of being “out of touch” and “insensitive.”
A royal source told the Evening Standard that William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, were being briefed about the virus threat posed by their public schedules and it was currently “business as usual” for the couple. They shook hands with people on the first day of their three-day tour of the Emerald Isle.
Queen Elizabeth II, meanwhile, on Tuesday took the rare step of wearing gloves to hand out honors at Buckingham Palace, although sources would not confirm whether it was prompted by the outbreak.Related... Queen Wears Gloves At Buckingham Palace Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Coronavirus Latest: 5 Things You Need To Know About The Covid-19 Outbreak Coronavirus Is Dividing The Rich And Poor – And Could Drag Hundreds Of Thousands Into Poverty
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