Prince Joachim breaks quarantine rules, contracts coronavirus in Spain

Summary

Belgium’s Prince Joachim is in quarantine in Andalucia, having attended a party with more people in one place than allowed in Spain at the moment

Prince ‘deeply regrets’ actions

Prince Joachim of Belgium has apologised for breaking Spanish coronavirus regulations when he attended a party in Andalucia on 26 May. He subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

“During my trip to Spain, I did not respect all of the corona measures,” he said in a statement. “I deeply regret this and accept any consequences.”

The 28-year-old son of Princess Astrid is rarely in the spotlight, and the incident has been covered widely in the intenational press. According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the prince flew to Spain on a commercial aircraft on 24 May before taking a train to Andalucia. On 26 May he attended a private party in Córdoba with friends and family.

Spain has relaxed some of its quarantine measures, allowing private gatherings of maximum 15 people. According to El Confidencial, 27 people attended the party.

The following day Prince Joachim showed symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive on 28 May. He and other attendees of the party have since gone into quarantine in the country.

The Belgian palace released a statement saying that Joachim travelled to Spain to do an internship in a company and was attending a family reunion. His actions have come under heavy criticism in Spain, a country that has suffered a high death toll during the pandemic.

“It was never my intention to insult anyone or to show any disrespect during these difficult times,” said the prince. “I therefore offer my apologies.”

Photo: Prince Joachim with his father and sisters last year in Brussels
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