Prince William fury: Duke accused of ‘zero respect’ after ‘insensitive’ coronavirus joke

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PRINCE WILLIAM has been accused of having “zero respect” for the victims of coronavirus by some outraged social media users after he joked about the wave of panic hitting the UK in the midst of the outbreak.

Prince William’s attempt to minimise the fear of coronavirus with a joke didn’t go down well with some social media users, who attacked the Duke of Cambridge for being “insensitive” and disrespectful. One Twitter user wrote: “HILARIOUS! Not! His humour is as cold and as creepy as him and as the dusty institution he represents. 

“Zero respect for the peoples who died of the virus.”

Another person said: “How could he jokes about this serious problem? I have no word.”

A third said Prince William’s attempt to laugh at the coronavirus scare was not appropriate, saying: “There are time and place for jokes. this isn’t the time”.

Another added: “Can he really be that insensitive? Of course he will get away with his little ‘joke’.”  

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Prince William has been accused of being disrespectful by social media users after he made a joke about coronavirus (Image: PA)

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Prince William asked a paramedic whether he is meeting people scared of coronavirus (Image: PA)

However, not all social media users seem to believe the Duke of Cambridge was being out of touch with the current situation.

On the contrary, one social media user argued, Prince William was spot on with his joke.

They said: “He’s not being insensitive.

“He’s actually correct in what he’s saying.

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Kate and Prince William landed in Ireland wearing green yesterday (Image: PA)

“People are freaking out when in reality the common flu is far more deadly than coronavirus and more have died from flu than corona.”

Another conceded that the scenario depicted by Prince William was quite realistic.

They tweeted: “Roll your eyes if you want, but there were at least three like this at our doctor’s office this morning.

“Panic has set in.”

And a third added: “Don’t overreact I think he’s just nervous and a little joke won’t hurt that’s our Prince William never backing out.”

The outrage on Twitter came after Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, successfully completed the first day of their Irish tour yesterday.

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Prince William and Kate were spotted shaking hands without wearing gloves (Image: PA)

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Prince William and Kate attended a reception at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse (Image: PA)

The day ended with a reception, hosted by the British Ambassador in Ireland, at the splendid 17th floor Gravity Bar at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse.

There, Prince William met emergency workers and paramedics – and seized the opportunity to speak to the medical experts about COVID-19, the deadly virus that has been sweeping across the world.

During his chat with Joe Mooney, an advance paramedic with the National Ambulance Service, the Duke of Cambridge joked about the fear of catching coronavirus that many are experiencing.

He said: “I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got Coronavirus, I’m dying’, and you’re like ‘no, you’ve just got a cough’.  

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Prince William and Kate’s romance – a timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

“Does it seem quite dramatic about Coronavirus at the moment?

“Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?”

William then, referring to how fast the coronavirus seems to be spreading from person to person and the fact that he and Kate have been shaking hands with dozens of officials, royal fans and well-wishers during the day, continued, with mock horror: “By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading Coronavirus!”

The Duke added immediately after: “Sorry! We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop!”

As many as 51 people have been tested positive to coronavirus in the UK alone, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned yesterday the Government and health officials believe it is “highly likely” the number of those who contract the virus will grow in the next few weeks. 

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The Queen carried out an investiture ceremony wearing gloves yesterday (Image: PA)

Members of the Royal Family appear to be aware of the procedures to follow amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Buckingham Palace told Express.co.uk, when asked whether they had a contingency plan in place: “We are following the Government’s advice.”

A royal source added last night Kate and William were following guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and that meant “business as usual” for now.

They added: “This is a discussion we have been having and everything we are doing should continue as usual”.

While Prince William and Kate were meeting royal well-wishers and Irish officials, the Queen conducted an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace wearing white gloves for the first time in decades.