Prince Albert after being released from isolation: 'I'm hoping I get a welcome home banner'

Prince Albert (Photo: Getty Images)
Prince Albert (Photo: Getty Images)

Prince Albert of Monaco is officially out of isolation.

The royal who revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month spoke from the palace where he's been staying, away from his family, on Monday, reports People. The 62-year-old said, "Things are okay. I still have a little bit of a cough, but that's pretty normal, having spoken to a number of other people the cough goes on for a little bit. Otherwise, all lights are green.

"I received the clear from doctors on Monday morning. But they said, 'Don't see your family right away. Wait another 24 hours.'"

Prince Albert was planning on moving to his country retreat to stay with his wife, former South African swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, now Princess Charlene, and their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, on Tuesday.

"The house is big enough that I can isolate. We have an extra bedroom at the end of the hall, and the kids are in rooms downstairs," Prince Albert explained.

"We FaceTimed — usually in the evenings. We told stories and talked about what we did during the day. I told [the twins] to be safe. They knew I was sick and that I had to stay away," he said of trying to connect with his family while he was away.

"I'm hoping I get a 'Welcome Home' banner," he added in his statement on Monday.

While he continues to recover, the prince will be taking things "a little easier" and only doing video conferences, while most of his upcoming engagements have been cancelled.

He did share a more positive sentiment about the pandemic affecting people worldwide though, commenting, "I'm pretty certain a lot of positive is going to come out of all of this.

"Different ways of operating and different ways of addressing different issues and especially I think in most countries where healthcare was not a priority, I think that'll change drastically. I think that there will be more attention to planning for different pandemics, which we'll see in the future.

"We can feel there's already more of a sense of solidarity. Basic attention to our natural surroundings and how we should keep ecosystems healthy because that'll keep us healthy. If that can come out of all of this, then I'll be very positive for the future."  

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