Prince Joachim of Belgium, son of Archduke Lorenz and Princess Astrid, and nephew of King Philippe, apologized on Sunday after violating containment measures in Spain, reports the Spanish news agency EFE.
The Prince sent via his spokesperson, the lawyer Mariano Aguayo Fernandez de Cordova, a press release in which he admits not having respected all the measures of confinement during his stay in Spain and apologizes. He still said that he deeply regretted his actions and accepted all the consequences. The prince, usually very discreet, has toured the international press after being tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Joachim from Belgium participated in a party in Cordoba. He had flown to Madrid on May 24 before traveling to Andalusia by train. On May 26, he participated in a private event with friends and family members. The next day, he developed symptoms of the disease and was tested on May 28. The Palace said on Saturday that the prince went to Spain on May 24 “for a business trip as part of an internship in a company. On May 26, he attended a family reunion”. As part of the deconfinement, Spain has relaxed certain measures and now allows private meetings of up to 15 people. But according to El Confidencial, which is based on a document from the Andalusian government, more people were at this event (27 in total). Given the suspected infringement, the document was sent to the competent authorities. The attitude of the Belgian prince has not been viewed very favorably in Spain, a country that has paid a heavy price for the coronavirus pandemic.