Meghan Markle is taking extra precautions against coronavirus since Prince Charles tested positive for the virus, a close friend told DailyMail.com.
‘Meghan said hearing the news of Prince Charles has put everyone on edge. She said she is worried about her own health and Harry’s health because she doesn’t want to pass anything onto Archie,’ the insider said.
In reaction, the Duchess of Sussex has upped precautionary measures at their waterfront Vancouver Island mansion, as she was already making staffers wear latex gloves.
Now anyone who runs errands for the royals must wear a face mask at all times and staffers must leave their shoes and coats outside, the friend said.
They explained: ‘Meghan said she would rather be overly cautious than not.’
Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday and is in self-isolation on the Balmoral estate in Scotland with his wife Camilla, representatives for the royal said in a statement.
The source added: ‘Meghan said Harry’s been in touch with his dad… Of course, he’s frustrated. She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help.’
Neither Meghan nor Harry are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, despite being around Prince Charles earlier this month, the close friend said.
The insider added: ‘Meghan said taking a [coronavirus] test would be reassuring, but since they don’t have any symptoms, they will just continue taking extra care of their health with heavy doses of Vitamin C, along with other supplements that help strengthen the immune system.’
Meghan has also implemented stricter household precautions, as the friend explained: ‘Any staff member who goes outdoors to run errands has to leave their shoes in a designated area outside, along with coats or jackets.
‘All produce must be washed with soap and water, and absolutely no boxes are to be brought inside the house. Whatever they order is opened outside, wiped down and then brought into the main quarters.
‘Also staff members who have been out and about running errands are to wear face masks at all times. ‘
Meghan told her inner circle that Harry is ‘stressed out and wishes he could do more’ and the former actress is trying to ‘keep his spirits up with long walks’.
DailyMail.com revealed on Wednesday that Meghan has told Harry that ‘under no circumstances, is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now.’
Meghan and Harry are now figuring out how they can best help the community, and the Duchess of Sussex said ‘she’s thought about joining forces with a team of women making masks for medical workers, and those in need.’
DailyMail.com previously reported that while in self-isolation, Meghan and Harry started working with experts on how to best serve the public during this time, believing the pandemic is also a mental health crisis and they feel ‘compelled to help’.
They have since used their SussexRoyal Instagram account to share tips on how to stay safe during the pandemic, most recently sharing a post with the six WHO recommendations.
A friend said: ‘Meghan said just because they are isolating themselves, it doesn’t mean they can’t help. They aren’t just sitting around at home doing nothing.’
‘She said [she and Harry] are working with a mental health non-profit to create some sort of online support system for those most vulnerable, like new mothers suffering from postpartum depression.
‘People who lack support systems need reassurance that they are not alone.’
Meghan also wants to pitch in locally by fostering a dog to help ease the strain on local animal shelters and rescue groups, and urged her friends to do the same.
The source added: ‘Meghan said they were originally interested in a three-month-old mixed breed puppy named Panda, but are now looking at a slightly older black lab named Cole, who is really good with young kids and other dogs.
‘Meghan said they have plenty of space and it wouldn’t be a problem.’
The friend also revealed Archie, who celebrates his first birthday in May, is a ‘bundle of energy’ and is constantly babbling.
They added: ‘Archie has now learned how to pull himself up while in the crib which Meghan said is cute, but can be a bit nerve-wracking.
‘She also said Archie’s new thing is blowing kisses, which is just absolutely adorable.’