‘The virus stays with you for quite a while’: Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, reveals he suffered from fatigue for months after having only a ‘mild’ case of COVID-19
- Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, said he experienced long-term COVID symptoms
- He was the first head of state to contract the virus back in March of this year
- The royal has revealed he had ‘moments of fatigue’ for months after infection
- Said ‘the virus stays with you for quite a while’ as he revealed long symptoms
The Prince of Monaco has revealed he suffered from fatigue for months after his Covid-19 diagnosis.
Prince Albert, 62, became the first head of state to contract that virus when he tested positive in March.
Following his positive result, he spent two weeks in isolation, but after returning home to his wife Princess Charlene, 42, and their five-year-old twins he started experiencing symptoms that continued into June.
Although his initial infection was only mild, Prince Albert told PEOPLE: ‘The virus stays with you for quite a while…There were times during the day when it just hit, but not like the kind of drowsiness you feel after a heavy meal.
Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, (pictured) has revealed he continued to experience symptoms of coronavirus months after initially contracting it
‘It was really just an experience of physical fatigue, like the kind that comes on when you’ve done too much or when you’re coming off an illness.
‘This virus stays with you quite a while.’
Intermittent fatigue was a regular occurrence for Prince Albert and although it wasn’t a daily experience, he did suffer it two to three times a week.
Fatigue is one of the most commonly reported symptoms among those dealing with long-term coronavirus effects.
He became the first head of state to contract the virus, back in March. After his isolation period ended he returned home to his wife Princess Charlene, 42, (pictured) and their five-year-old twins (pictured) but continued to experience bouts of fatigue until June
During the coronavirus lockdown, the prince said he hadn’t spent a great deal of time watching TV or films.
Instead, he revealed he had used the time to make his way through books, magazines and phone calls that had all stacked up.
Prince Albert’s diagnosis came just nine days after he was pictured sitting opposite Prince Charles at a WaterAid charity event in London.
At the time, the palace said Albert’s health ‘did not inspire any concern’, and said he was continuing to work from his private apartments.
Albert married 42-year-old former South African Olympic swimmer, formerly known as Charlene Wittstock, in 2011. She had twins in 2014.
Albert, born in 1958, is the second child of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco (pictured in October)
Albert, born in 1958, is the second child of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco. He has two older children from earlier relationships.
He became a five-time Olympic bobsledder for Monaco, and in recent years has been a global environmental campaigner.
Albert graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a degree in political science in 1981, and is a member of the International Olympic Committee.
He inherited the throne when his father Rainier died in 2005. His mother Grace died after a car accident in 1982.