Joachim, 28, who is ninth in line to the throne, travelled from Belgium to Madrid, Spain, on May 24 for professional reasons, Spanish news outlet El Pais reported. The BBC reports that Joachim had arrived in Spain for an internship and is also known to have a long-standing relationship with a Spanish woman.
After arriving in Madrid, he took a high-speed AVE train to the southern city of Córdoba where he attended a party the following day. It is while at the party that he allegedly contracted the virus. The Epoch Times was not able to independently confirm this.
The young prince was reportedly among 27 people at the party and the Belgian royal family confirmed to Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws that he has since been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has mild symptoms. He must now quarantine in Spain for two weeks.
Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party and the 27 people who attended are in quarantine and may face a fine of between €600 ($666) and €10,000 ($11,100) for breaking Córdobas lockdown rules, which state that no more than 15 people are permitted to attend private parties or gatherings.
The party was first covered by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, which cited a document from the Andalucian authorities but did not name the prince.
Rafaela Valenzuela, a representative of the Spanish government in Córdoba, condemned the party, calling those who attended “irresponsible,” and noting that the number of people who attended “multiplied, could cause an outbreak,” which would set the city back after passing phase 2 of its coronavirus deescalation plan.
“I feel surprised and indignant, given that at a moment of national mourning for so many dead, an incident of this type stands out,” she said. “That is unforgivable. The police are investigating not just the observance of confinement measures, but also the breaking of other rules, given that we are still under a state of alarm. The virus is still out there.”
Prince Joachim is the second member of the Belgian royal family to have contracted COVID-19 after Prince Laurent confirmed earlier this month that his wife, Princess Claire, had been diagnosed with the virus six months ago.
“Six months ago we were hit because Claire became seriously ill, a lingering illness as they call it. Then on top of that, she was Read More – Source