Coronavirus: Prince Joachim of Belgium fined €10,400 for breaching Spanish lockdown to attend party

Prince Joachim of Belgium in March 2012.
Prince Joachim of Belgium in March 2012. Copyright BENOIT DOPPAGNE / BELGA / AFP
By Euronews with EFE, AFP
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It comes after he tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain that broke lockdown rules. He subsequently apologised.


Prince Joachim of Belgium was handed a €10,400 fine by Spanish authorities for breaching lockdown to join his partner at a party in Andalusia, southern Spain, authorities said on Wednesday.

They added that the prince "recognised" that he broke confinement rules.

The allegations had previously been confirmed by the Belgian Royal Palace.

Prince Joachim, who is tenth in line to the throne, said he "deeply" regretted his actions and that he would "accept the consequences".

"I would like to apologise for not having respected all the quarantine measures during my trip. In these difficult times, I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone," he said.

According to the EFE news agency, Prince Joaquim, 28, travelled to Cordoba on May 24 for business reasons.

He then attended a party which exceeded the allowed number of attendees — lockdown rules in the Andalusian region, in southern Spain, ban gatherings of more than 15 people.

He then subsequently tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was said to be experiencing mild symptoms. All attendees were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

Belgian media have reported that his Spanish girlfriend, Victoria Ortiz Martínez-Sagrera, is from the Andalusian city.

Spain is the sixth most-heavily impacted country in the world in terms of fatalities with its COVID-19 death toll now over 27,100, according to a tally kept by the Johns Hopkins University.

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