02 November 2020 16:44
It alarmed the nation when news broke back in March that Prince Charles had contracted coronavirus. While the heir apparent has fortunately since recovered, it's now been reported that his son, the Duke of Cambridge, also had COVID – which he kept secret so as not to concern the public. According to the Sun, Prince William caught the virus in April, soon after his father. The news outlet reports that the 38-year-old Prince subsequently told an observer at an engagement: 'There were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone.' The royal is said to have been treated by palace doctors, adhering to government guidelines by isolating at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. The public remained none the wiser, with the Duke carrying out 14 telephone and video call engagements from the country home throughout April.
A source told the Sun: 'William was hit pretty hard by the virus – it really knocked him for six. After seeing medics and testing positive – which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is – William was determined it should be business as usual though. In light of the recent news of two high profile figures being struck down by the virus – both Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson – William reportedly did not wish to create further panic. The source went on: 'The Queen delivered her We Will Meet Again address, and he just didn't want to worry people. The Court Circular is your inside track on the latest happenings in the Royal Family, covering the biggest stories shaping the monarchy right now.
Prince William speaking to paramedic Joe Mooney about coronavirus The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge self-isolated in Anmer Hall near Sandringham with their three children for the duration of the first lockdown. Explaining why he did not tell the public about his diagnosis, William told one observer at an engagement: "There were more important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone." He even carried out 14 telephone and video call engagements as he battled the virus during April. A source told The Sun: "William was hit pretty hard by the virus ‒ it really knocked him for six. "After seeing medics and testing positive ‒ which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is ‒ William was determined it should be business as usual though. Since the start of the first lockdown, William and Kate have been doing video calls to keep in touch with people and have repeatedly thanked our NHS and key workers.
NIO is expected to begin construction of its own factory near Hefei soon, possibly early next year. Separately, the company said that it will report its third-quarter earnings results before the U.S. markets open on Nov. 17. Analysts expect the results to be good: NIO's sales in the quarter rose 154% from the third quarter of 2019, exceeding the optimistic guidance the company provided in August. Chinese electric-vehicle maker Xpeng reported strong October deliveries on Monday, and the stock was rising in response. Xpeng (ticker: XPEV) delivered 3,040 vehicles, up 229% from less than 1,000 vehicles a year earlier. Xpeng delivered 3,478 vehicles in September. Management said in a news release that China's Golden Week holiday in early October affected its deliveries. Xpeng peer NIO (NIO) reported Monday that it delivered 5,055 vehicles in October, doubling from a year earlier. NIO eked out monthly gains, as well, delivering 4,708 vehicles in September and 3,965 vehicles in August. Rising deliveries are good, not only for Xpeng and NIO, but for the EV industry. U.S. October car sales will come out over the next couple of days, with the final number likely on Tuesday evening. That figure excludes Xpeng shares, because it does have a full year of trading history. Analysts expect the company to post a 17-cent per-share loss from $284 million in sales. Xpeng is still a relatively new company and hasn't produced a profit yet.