Princess Maria Teresa de Borbón-Parma of Spain, a scholar, and professor of Hispanic studies and political sociology, as well as an advocate for women’s rights, died on March 26 at the age of 86 from the coronavirus. She is the first royal to succumb to the disease that continues to plague the world.
Her younger brother Prince Sixtus Henry of Borbón-Parma confirmed the news on Facebook and said Maria Teresa died in Paris on Thursday, though the funeral was held in Madrid on Friday. Her brother notes that “María Teresa de Borbón Parma had been born on July 28, 1933, the daughter of the then Infante Don Francisco Javier de Borbón y Braganza, Prince of Parma and Plasencia (who in 1952 would become Javier I, the legitimate King of Spain), and from his wife Doña Magdalena de Borbón Busset.” According to People magazine, Maria Teresa was known as the “Red Princess” because of her progressive ideology.
Last week, Prince Charles reported that he tested positive for the coronavirus, saying, “My symptoms are flu-like, but it feels like a pretty mild case,” he said in an interview with People. “I’ve [got] a slight fever, not really that bad. A little bit of a cough. I’d a runny nose the first few days, that was the first sign. I’ve felt a little stuffed up, but that’s it.” Today, however, it appears his symptoms have cleared up because Prince Charles is out of isolation.
“Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, the Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation,” a spokesman said, according to the BBC.
According to France24, there are “37,575 cases of coronavirus infection in France, up 4,611 on the day before, including 17,620 people in the hospital, with 4,273 of them in intensive care.”
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In Spain, a hotspot of the coronavirus, there are “54,000 active cases of the virus, according to recent figures from the ministry of health,” CNN reports.
Globally, there are 729,100 people with reported cases of the coronavirus, 34,689 people have died from the disease. In the U.S., as of today, there are 141,995 people with reported cases of the coronavirus, with 2,486 people who have died from it.
Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert, said that he wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more than 100,000 dead.