Why Prince William isnt self-isolating with Kate Middleton despite living so closely
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Kate Middleton is currently isolating in Kensington Palace after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID.
While Kate must stay inside her home for the next 10 days, her husband Prince William won’t be isolating with her.
This has confused some who believed whole households would quarantine together.
However, Prince William is free to come and go from the royal household as he pleases, as per the current rules.
According to the current guidelines, the royal isn’t obligated to quarantine as he wasn’t present when his wife came into contact with COVID.
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Even though the couple is in close contact and shares the care of their three children, under current guidelines the Prince must only also quarantine if he begins to show symptoms.
It’s believed that Kate Middleton was informed she must stay home following her visit to Wimbledon on Friday.
The royals have been using lateral flow testing twice a week as part of their own regime with staff.
A spokesperson explained at the time: "Last week the Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
"Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."
Kate is isolating in the family's London home, Apartment 1A Kensington Palace.
1A Kensington Palace isn’t your average apartment and instead is a four-storey mansion featuring its own lift, gym and nine rooms just for the staff.
The property is reported to be ‘enormous’ all the way from the basement through to the attic.
Explaining why it is referred to as an ‘apartment’ on True Royalty's Royal Beat, British royal author Christopher Warwick said:
“All of these royal residences at Kensington Palace are called apartments, which of course makes people immediately think they are flats like the American term for an apartment.
“They are not. If you think of Kensington Place in a way, it is built around three courtyards.
“If you kind of think of them as being these wonderful red brick terrace houses. Because they are all joined, but separate houses.”
Meanwhile, royal author Ingrid Seward said: “It's enormous… and it's like a piece of countryside in London.”
Apartment 1A is the Cambridges’ London base; however, they also have their Norfolk country home Anmer Hall, where the family quarantined during the UK lockdown.
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