Prince William Jokes about spreading coronavirus with a paramedic during a visit to Dublin. Picture: YouTube
Prince William Jokes about spreading coronavirus with a paramedic during a visit to Dublin. Picture: YouTube

William’s shock coronavirus joke

Prince William has joked with medics about spreading coronavirus with Kate Middleton on the couple's Ireland trip.

The Duke of Cambridge poked fun at himself as he shook hands with locals, reports The Sun.

It came after the Queen took precautions against coronavirus - wearing gloves for a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old donned the white gloves - the first time she has worn the accessory for the event since 1954.

 

 

And Prince William talked about the infection as he chatted to emergency workers at a reception hosted by Britain's Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett in the Gravity Bar at Dublin's Guinness Storehouse.

The dad-of-three asked Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic with the National Ambulance Service: "I bet everyone's like 'I've got coronavirus, I'm dying', and you're like 'No, you've just got a cough'.

"Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment? Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?"

 

Prince William joked that he and Kate are “spreading the coronavirus”. Picture: YouTube
Prince William joked that he and Kate are “spreading the coronavirus”. Picture: YouTube

And he later grimaced with mock horror as he said: "By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, sorry.

"We're keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop."

The couple shook hands with dozens of people on the first day of their tour and are expected to continue to do so, based on advice they are being given.

A royal source told The Sun the couple were following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and that meant "business as usual" for now.

"This is a discussion we have been having and everything we are doing should continue as usual," said the source.

 

Prince William asked the paramedic whether the coronavirus was being “hyped up by the media”. Picture: YouTube
Prince William asked the paramedic whether the coronavirus was being “hyped up by the media”. Picture: YouTube

WILLS, KATE VISIT YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE

Meanwhile, the royal couple has visited a youth mental health charity and spoke of the importance of getting a "toolbox" to help deal with life's issues, reports The Sun.

Mental health has long been a passion project for the couple with Kate recently putting herself "front and centre" to drive their foundation's work.

 

Kate was again popular with the crowds. Picture: AP
Kate was again popular with the crowds. Picture: AP

 

And both Kate and William appeared keen to meet with young people at the charity to talk about their experiences.

Kate wore a spotted blouse for the visit while William kept in the Irish theme with a green jumper.

 

Prince William and Kate Middleton visited a mental health charity. Picture: AP
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited a mental health charity. Picture: AP

 

The couple, who have been married for almost 10 years, then walked down an alley dubbed Love Lane in Dublin's Temple Bar.

The laneway, formerly known as Crampton Court, is decorated with romantic quotes from films, literature and local sayings.

And the couple then headed to Savannah House, a social justice charity residential facility.

 

William and Kate have wowed Ireland. Picture: Getty Images
William and Kate have wowed Ireland. Picture: Getty Images

The house, in County Kildare, supports vulnerable young people through challenging times.

The rest of the day will see the couple then head to a research farm to learn about sustainable farming across Ireland.

GLOWING IN GREEN

It comes after a busy first day in Ireland for the pair, including downing a pint of Guinness in Dublin. The couple enjoyed a beer at the Storehouse - a major visitor attraction which tells the story of the famous drink - with the Duke toasting his hosts in Gaelic, raising his pint and saying "Slainte".

Speaking at the reception, Prince William joked that he never imagined to follow the Queen into a pub.

Addressing his hosts and fellow guests, he said: "We are retracing the footsteps of my grandmother, who was shown how to pour the perfect pint here in 2011.

 

The Queen wore gloves during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, reportedly to protect herself against the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: AP
The Queen wore gloves during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, reportedly to protect herself against the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: AP

"Ladies and Gentlemen let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following the Queen to a pub!"

The Duke and Duchess's outing came after a day of formal engagements to launch their first official visit to Ireland, nine years after the Queen became the first British monarch to visit the country since its independence.

 

 

They met Irish President Michael D Higgins at the statesman's official residence Aras an Uachtarain where they discussed the implications of Brexit and talked about building on the foundations of the Good Friday Agreement which ushered in peace in Northern Ireland.

In Dublin's Garden of Remembrance, the royals also honoured the memory of those who gave their lives for Irish Independence from Britain, echoing the Queen's symbolic visit there in 2011 when she bowed her head in tribute to the fallen.

 

The couple haven’t shied away from shaking hands on their Irish tour. Picture: Getty Images
The couple haven’t shied away from shaking hands on their Irish tour. Picture: Getty Images

 

The couple then met the outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Ireland's Government Buildings.

Their three-day tour will focus on the themes of reconciliation, youth, culture, sustainability and the environment, and will see the couple visit the counties of Meath, Kildare and Galway.

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.