“It’s being a little hyped up, do you think, in the media?”
These are the words of Prince William who was caught on camera discussing the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the Duke of Cambridge joked with healthcare workers while visiting Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse in Ireland.
During their three-day long stay, Prince William and Kate Middleton did not seem overly concerned by threats of the virus. In fact, the royal couple reportedly shook hands with many different people throughout their first day.
Over the course of a conversation with Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic for the National Ambulance Service, Prince William made it clear that he is not paranoid about the virus. In fact, he didn’t seem very worried at all.
The Duke of Cambridge seemed to be sympathizing with Mooney’s work. “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. Mooney appeared to nod in agreement.
“It does seem quite dramatic about the coronavirus,” Prince William continued. “Is it being a little hyped up, do you think, in the media?”
Twitter revealed particularly harsh criticisms of Prince William for his next comment in the leaked video.
“By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading the coronavirus,” he joked. “Sorry.”
In response, one Twitter user wrote, “I’m sure the people that have lost family member’s really think it’s just hyped up.”
Another commented, “20% of the infected need hospitalization and the virus is spreading around the [globe]. The only way to stop the spreading is quarantines. The media isn’t hyping it up, it’s a real concern.”
At a Buckingham Palace ceremony on Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II could be seen wearing long white gloves. Prince William’s grandmother was in close contact with many people, as she had to pin medals on the chests of honors recipients.
Buckingham Palace argued in a statement that it is not unusual for Queen Elizabeth to wear gloves at such public events. However, the Queen has been photographed for similar ceremonies without gloves on, suggesting that she does not usually wear gloves while awarding honors.
According to the New York Times, the coronavirus has infected over 95,100 people across the globe. At least 78 countries have confirmed cases.
11 U.S. deaths have been confirmed so far, and the number of reported cases in the U.S. continues to rise.
In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives just approved an $8.3 billion emergency response bill in an effort to battle the virus. President Trump and the Senate are expected to approve the bill, which offers far more money than the Trump Administration originally requested in February.