Andrew Parker Bowles has revealed he has coronavirus and believes he contracted it at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s ex-husband is among hundreds of racegoers displaying symptoms after the event went ahead two weeks ago just before the lockdown began.
Brigadier Parker Bowles, 80, was seen in close contact with members of the Royal Family including Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall in Gloucestershire.
Andrew Parker Bowles has coronavirus and believes he caught it at the Cheltenham Festival. He is pictured there with Princess Anne. He is pictured there with her on March 10
Andrew Parker Bowles (left) with Zara Tindall (centre) and Princess Anne (right) on day one of the Cheltenham Festival on March 10
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Andrew Parker Bowles at the Festival on March 11
Despite concerns about the illness, Zara was seen hugging, kissing and shaking hands with other racegoers – while her husband Mike Tindall happily posed for pictures with fans.
But retired Army officer Brigadier Parker Bowles said he was told he would not have been contagious until the Monday after he attended, March 16.
He told the
‘I’ve had a bad cough and I’ve been very lethargic. I’m sleeping twice as long as normal.’
Thousands of people attended the festival in Gloucestershire, pictured above on March 13
More than 250,000 people went to the Cheltenham Festival last month – pictured on March 13
When asked if the festival should have gone ahead, he said: ‘To be honest it was optional whether we went. At the time the Underground was running full of people.
‘You can’t blame Cheltenham. To be fair attendance was 10 per cent down but I do know quite a few people who picked it up there.’
Cheltenham saw more than 250,000 people walking through the gates across the four days.
Since the event, hundreds have taken to social media to claim they have developed symptoms.