Prince William secretly fought with COVID-19 in April and also”was hit fairly hard” by the virus, according to new reports in the U.K. (The palace hasn’t disputed the claims.) The identification came shortly after his father, Prince Charles, 71, contracted the virus in March, leading William, who is next in line to the throne after Charles, to keep his own disease a secret so as not to worry about the public. “At one point he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everybody around him was pretty panicked,” a source told The Sun. William, 38, was seen by palace doctors at his country residence, Anmer Hall, where he quarantined from the first weeks of the pandemic. He didn’t need to see the hospital, and his wife, Princess Kate, 38, nor their children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, along with Prince Louis, 2, contracted the illness.