As followers of the royal family know, it has been a particularly turbulent time, including for Prince Charles, who was recently diagnosed with the coronavirus. Clarence House released a statement claiming the rumors were true. Thankfully, the Prince is doing just fine.
Kate Middleton, on the other hand, appears to have taken a different precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus: the removal of her engagement ring. Page Six claims the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted without her diamond and sapphire ring on the weekend.
Royal family fans know it once belonged to the late Princess Diana. Regardless of the reason, Kate was recently seen working from home with her husband, Prince William, and social media users and mainstream outlets noted the absence of the ring.
The caption for some of the images explained that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fully aware of the effects of self-isolation and social distancing. For that reason, they’ve been in contact with patronages and organizations who specialize in those issues.
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Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎️ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.
One picture features the 38-year-old royal family member in a Mark and Spencer Suit. While many people online noted that Kate wasn’t wearing the ring, it’s very possible Middleton removed it as a precautionary measure.
Page Six picked up on a 2018 Georgia state University study which claimed rings offer an area of the finger in which bacteria can grow and spread. The Center for Disease Control has also speculated on the way in which bacteria and viruses can proliferate through the use of a ring.
The CDC added, however, that there would be more studies needed to determine whether the sporting of rings facilitated bacterial and viral spread. As it was noted above, the royal family has also been affected by the outbreak.
Prince Charles revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. He has been staying in his home as a precautionary measure since then. His wife, Camilla, has tested negative for the novel illness.