Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim apologises for Spanish lockdown party

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

According to the palace's announcement, Prince Joachim travelled from Belgium to Spain on May 26 for an internship in a local company, and two days later he went to a party in the city of Cordoba that hosted 27 people.

A Belgian prince has apologised after being caught breaking Spain's lockdown rules by attending a party, where he became infected with Covid-19.

"I would like to apologize for travelling and not having respected the quarantine measures", the prince said in a statement released by the Córdoba law office of Mariano Aguayo. In these hard times I did not want to offend anyone.

Joachim added, "I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very hard times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences".

The spokesperson said the palace could not confirm the number of people in attendance at the party.

Prince Joachim is King Philippe's nephew and the 10th in line to the Belgian throne.

Prince Laurent of Belgium, another of Joachim's uncles, confirmed the virus has been contracted by at least one member of his family.

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The five children of Princess Astrid, Prince Joachim, Prince Amedeo and his fiancee Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, Princess Laetitia Maria, Princess Maria Laura and Princess Luisa Maria.

All the guests have subsequently gone into quarantine and police are investigating the event, which could result in fines of up to €10,000 (£8,974) for breaching Spain's lockdown rules.

Valenzuela called the gathering "completely irresponsible" and said it could have caused an outbreak of infections, triggering a return to a stricter lockdown.

"I feel surprised and indignant... An incident of this type stands out at a moment of national mourning for so many dead", she commented.

Spain, once having one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, has recently made a decision to move to phase 3 of its reopening plan and let nightclubs and bars reopen for visitors.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 27,000 people in Spain.

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