Prince William "secretly fought the coronavirus in April"

Prince William "fought the coronavirus in secret" in April – days after his father Charles became infected – and remained "difficult to breathe".

Prince William secretly battled the coronavirus in April – days after his father Charles got it – and was left "hard to breathe" according to a report.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, did not announce that he was sick because he did not want to alarm the public.

William caught the virus in April after the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Boris Johnson fell ill.

The Duke was treated by palace doctors and quarantined at the home of the Anm Hall family in Norfolk.

"There were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone," the Duke said at an engagement, according to The Sun.

Prince William, President of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, during a visit to the Royal Marsden in Sutton to meet staff and patients on October 21

That month, William kept working, making 14 phone and video calls, although sources revealed he was struck by the disease.

A source told The Sun: “William was hit pretty hard by the virus – it really hit him for six.

“At one point he had difficulty breathing, so everyone around him was obviously quite panicked.

& # 39; After seeing medics and testing positive – which was obviously quite a shock given his fitness and health – William was determined that things should continue as usual.

"He was determined to meet his obligations."

Following news that his father and the prime minister had both fallen ill, William believed that going public with his illness would only heighten the nation's fears.

When the Queen gave her passionate speech, "We shall meet again," the Duke decided that it would be better not to add to the burden.

MailOnline has asked Kensington Palace for a comment.