COVID-19-infected Belgian Prince sorry for lockdown party

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In a statement, he said: "I apologise for not respecting all quarantine measures during my trip".

"I deeply regret my actions", he said in a statement on Sunday.

The prince, 28, tested positive after attending the gathering in the southern city of Cordoba on May 26, a spokesperson for the Belgian Royal Palace said on Saturday.

According to the latest Spanish government data, almost 240,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 27,000 have died.

The 27 people who attended the party, nearly triple the maximum of 10 people allowed as part of Spain's easing of the lockdown, have been told to self-quarantine.

Rafaela Valenzuela, a representative of the Spanish government in Córdoba, slammed those who attended the party, calling them "irresponsible".

Joachim is King Philippe's nephew and is 10th in line to the throne. Joachim isn't the first Belgian royal to test positive for coronavirus. Princess Claire was diagnosed with corona in March.


"We do not know how, but the coronavirus has entered our household", he stated.

Prince Joachim is believed to be suffering mild coronavirus symptoms and remains in Spain, with everyone who attended the party also in quarantine.

Let's delve into some background on Prince Joachim of Belgium (above) before we continue.

Spanish police are now conducting an investigation and the perpetrators could be fined between €600 and €10,000.

He is often referred mistakenly as Tom Felton, the English actor who played Draco Malfoy in the famous "Harry Potter" series.

The prince's behaviour has gone down badly in Spain, which has one of the highest death tolls in the world from coronavirus and endured a strict lockdown, where children were confined to their homes without being able to go outside for exercise for 45 days.

The prince is known to have a long-standing relationship with a Spanish woman, reported to be Victoria Ortiz. Another report states that the couple has been living in South Africa, where the Belgian Prince holds a position at a renewable energy company.

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