Prince Albert of Monaco has recovered from COVID-19

By Zach Harper

Prince Albert of Monaco joins Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau this week on the list of stars and royals who have recovered from the coronavirus.

On March 31, it was announced the head of state, who tested positive earlier this month, has been declared cured by his medical team.

"Doctors who have followed Prince Albert II since the start of his COVID-19 infection today allow him to end his quarantine period," a statement from the Prince's Palace reads. "The sovereign prince is declared cured and in good health.

"He will soon join his family and continue to observe the period of confinement while remaining in close contact with his government. His Highness once again reminds the people of Monaco of the importance of scrupulously respecting confinement measures and limiting contact with others. Rigorous compliance with these rules will help stop the spread of coronavirus."

The Prince's Palace says Albert will reunite with Charlene and their children, five-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, soon. Photo: © Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

Charlene has been spending time at Roc Agel, the Monaco royals' country home. Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, the couple's five-year-old twins, have been with her. His doctors told him to be safe, he should stay away from his wife children for an additional 24 hours.

"The house there is big enough that I can isolate," he told People on March 31, saying he hopes he gets a ". "We have an extra bedroom at the end of the hall and the kids are in room downstairs."

He told the publication he'd stayed in touch with his family by FaceTime while he'd been in isolation.

"We told stories and talked about what we did during the day. I told [the twins] to be safe. They knew I was sick and that I had to stay away," he said.

The 62-year-old's diagnosis was revealed on March 19. The day before, he had said Monaco would go into lockdown to fight the coronavirus, which the World Organization has declared a pandemic.

In a statement at the time, the Palace said Albert, who is married to Princess Charlene and is the son of the late Princess Grace, continued to work from home and was in a good state of health with mild symptoms.

"My symptoms are flu-like, but it feels like a pretty mild case," Albert told People during his recovery. "I've a slight fever, not really that bad. A little bit of a cough. I'd a runny nose the first few days that was the first sign. I've felt a little stuffed up, but that's it. I have to be careful because of my recent medical history fighting off pneumonia a couple of ears ago."

Prince Charles was in self-isolation after having been diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. On March 30, Clarence House said his seven-day isolation period had ended. Photo: © Andrew Matthews-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Prince Charleswhose positive test result was revealed on March 25 – finished his period of self-isolation. At the time of his diagnosis, Clarence House said the Prince of Wales had mild symptoms and was continuing to work from Birkhall, the home he and Duchess Camilla share on the Royal Family's Balmoral estate. The 71-year-old's self-isolation lasted seven days, as per UK government and medical guidelines.

Camilla tested negative for the illness. The Duchess of Cornwall self-isolated separately from her husband and will continue to do so until the end of this week, according to HELLO! UK. It's not known whether the couple are still at Birkhall, however.

Just before Albert and Charles revealed their diagnoses, Karl von Habsburg, the ancestral Archduke of Austria, also announced he'd tested positive. He called the illness "annoying" and said he was working with doctors to follow their recommendations to recover.

As of this writing, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine says there have been more than 823,000 cases of COVID-19 in 179 countries and regions. More than 174,000 people have recovered from the illness, and the coronavirus has been responsible for more than 40,000 deaths worldwide.

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