Anger in the air after Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were tested for coronavirus despite thousands of NHS workers and sick Britons being denied a swab.
The Prince of Wales, 71, was diagnosed with the killer virus yesterday and is now self-isolating at home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.
He is thought to have been tested via a nasal swab by NHS Grampian staff at the royal residence in Aberdeenshire, despite only showing mild symptoms.
His wife Camilla, 72, was also swabbed, even though she had no symptoms. But she produced a negative result and has now separated herself from her husband.
NHS Scotland’s website states that, in general, tests are only to be given out if patients ‘have a serious illness that requires admission to hospital’ – which is in line with the criteria in the rest of the UK.
It means that even NHS staff suffering tell-tale symptoms of the virus are not entitled to a test.
The news has sparked fury on social media, with politicians, celebrities and members of the public accusing health chiefs of giving the royals ‘special treatment’.
But Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, has said she is satisfied Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were tested for ‘clinical reasons’ and ‘met the criteria’ for a swab.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are both over 70 – the age group told to take social distancing particularly seriously. But neither of the royals are believed to have underlying health conditions.