Camilla And Charles Go Viral For All The Wrong Reasons After The Queen's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Buckingham Palace confirmed what was once considered unthinkable: Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for COVID-19. "Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week," a statement released Sunday morning read, going on to detail, "She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines" (via People).

On Tuesday, the palace updated the public as to the monarch's condition, stating, "As Her Majesty is still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms she has decided not to undertake her planned virtual engagements today, but will continue with light duties" (via CNN).

Upon hearing about her diagnosis, prominent figures across the UK reacted with well wishes, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeting, "I'm sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from Covid and a rapid return to vibrant good health." 

But was the leader of Britain really speaking for everyone with his statement? Maybe not, according to social media.

We think we know how Queen Elizabeth got infected

Of course, we know that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles also tested positive for the illness that has fundamentally changed the way we live globally. Queen Elizabeth's son tested positive for COVID-19 on February 10, 2022, with the BBC confirming he spent time with his mother just two days prior. Then, Camilla tested negative before testing positive a few days later (via NPR).

It's presumed that the Queen got infected from the royals who are next in line for the throne. And given that unfortunate coincidence, the would-be future rulers of the realm are going viral on Twitter for all the wrong reasons — pun intended.

Indeed, Twitter was quick to jump on the news that Queen Elizabeth was COVID positive and what this could mean for the future of the crown. Although Buckingham Palace's original statement noted that the 95-year-old monarch was only experiencing mild symptoms and seemed likely to recover (with the subsequent statement reiterating her mild symptoms status), that didn't stop people from speculating about what Charles and Camilla were thinking.

Twitter speculates about Prince Charles and Camilla's take on the Queen's COVID-19 diagnosis

Twitter users were at their worst commenting about how Prince Charles and Camilla might be feeling about Queen Elizabeth's illness. "I bet Camilla's spending the day trying crowns on," one person tweeted. "... the way the three main players got Covid after that 'Queen Consort Camilla' announcement..." another person commented, referring to the very recent news that Charles' wife would indeed take on the title upon ascending the throne. Another Twitter user added this similar sentiment: "Listen is it a coincidence that Charles gave the queen Covid just after she announced she wanted camilla to be queen?"

Someone else tweeted a meme of Patrick from "SpongeBob SquarePants" evilly rubbing his star hands together along with the caption, "Camilla learning that the Queen has canceled events due to COVID." "Charles and camilla intentionally gave the queen covid and you will not convince me otherwise," tweeted another individual.

Meanwhile, Twitter was buzzing that in addition to Camilla feeling pleasure about Queen Elizabeth's COVID-19 diagnosis, Charles is similarly happy given that he is next in line for the throne. 

Twitter is convinced they know what Camilla and Charles are thinking

Twitter did not go easy on Prince Charles in light of the news that Queen Elizabeth is COVID-19 positive, with one person tweeting this cringeworthy comment: "Prince Charles catching COVID so he could give it to his mother and finally get his crown #Queen #QueenElizabeth." Remember, Charles is 73 years old, while his mother assumed the throne at age 25 upon the passing of her father. 

Meanwhile, another Twitter user had a different take, tweeting, "Imagine giving your mum COVID. Quite frankly, this should disqualify Prince Charles from the throne."

In another display of Twitter behaving badly, someone said, "Prince Charles is currently gazing at the crown jewels and rubbing his hands together like a Disney villain saying 'mine it shall soon be mine!'" The comments didn't get better from there, with an individual speculating, "If Charles killed the Queen by giving her COVID it'll be one of the greatest succession plots of all time."

Many Twitter users even shared a photo of Charles appearing to dig a grave upon hearing the news that his mom was sick with COVID-19. And in another example of Twitter taking things perhaps a bit too far, this sentiment was echoed in many tweets and memes, "Charles giving the Queen covid so he can kill her off like he did with Diana."