Ant and Dec were pictured with Prince Charles at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11.

The duo avoided shaking hands with the 71-year-old Prince of Wales at the event in London as social distancing was already in practice.

Earlier today, Clarence House confirmed the royal has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a statement released.

The statement read: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.”

“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.

“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.

“In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”

At the award ceremony television duo Ant McPartlin, 44, and Declan Donnelly, 44, greeted Prince Charles with the namaste gesture instead of the usual shaking of hands.

Their unusual exchange happened as the coronavirus began to spread in the UK.

The trio were also pictured sharing a joke during their chat on the red carpet.

Ant and Dec were not the only celebrities to attend the Prince’s Trust Awards at the start of March.

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Also in attendance were Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys, Kate Garaway and Pierce Brosnan to name a few.

The Prince of Wales was pictured greeting other guests with the same gesture including the 72-year-old Rolling Stones star, Craig David and Dina Asher-Smith.

Prince Charles said of Ant and Dec, who co-hosted the event: “They recently won their 19th National Television Award for best presenter.

“So perhaps it is a little bit refreshing for them to be handing out awards rather than receiving them for a change.”

The pair described the award ceremony, which recognises “incredible young people,” as an “inspiring day” in an Instagram post following the event.


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