Prince William Criticised for Joking About Coronavirus

Prince William Criticised for Joking About Coronavirus

Prince William was attending a Royal engagement in Ireland when he cracked the joke which was not too well-received by people

People all over the world are freaking out on the coronavirus that seems to be spreading across the globe. While many are taking precautions to prevent the disease from spreading, others do not seem to be taking it too seriously. One such person is none other than British Royalty, Prince William. During a Royal visit to the Dublin's Guinness Storehouse in Ireland, the Prince joked about the deadly virus that has claimed several lives across the globe.

Prince William and Kate Middleton during the recent Ireland visit

Prince William and Kate Middleton during the recent Ireland visit

He said, "I bet everyone’s like, ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying,’ and you’re like, ‘No, you’ve just got a cough'. It does seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment. Is it being a little hyped up, do you think, by the media?” His comments come on the same day as the Queen was spotted wearing gloves during an investiture ceremony which many interpreted as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. After his remarks, social media criticised the Prince a lot for joking about the outbreak.

One Twitter user wrote: " I found what William joked about to paramedic about coronavirus. This is no laughing matter whatsoever. Everyone I know is extremely worried. This is serious."

Another added: " People who died from coronavirus apparently are jokes to Prince William. So royal."

One shared: " The royals can afford to joke at CoronaVirus because if anything goes wrong for them they have no worries as they have access to the best medical care. Don’t worry that people’s loved ones have died."

As of now, about 92,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in over 100 countries and at least 3,085 people have died from the infection. The UK, in fact, has at least 51 reported cases of coronavirus and there is a high chance that the disease will be spreading even more. However, Ireland, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting, has so far seen only one case.

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By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates