‘Unnecessary Visits’: Prince William Gets Cold Reception From Welsh Health Minister During Pandemic

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A Welsh official snubbed Prince William and Kate Middleton when they visited Wales’ capital of Cardiff on Tuesday during the last day of their three-day royal train tour, reported The Independent.

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On the royal tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton thanked medical staff and frontline emergency workers for their work during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Independent. (RELATED: Kate Middleton Stuns In Gorgeous Royal Blue Coat And Black High Heel Boots Combo During Train Tour)

But Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he preferred they did not visit during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Independent. Gething told BBC radio Monday that more restrictions may be necessary since Wales was the only part of the United Kingdom where COVID-19 rates did not fall in November, reported The Independent.

“I’d rather that no one was having unnecessary visits,” Gething told The Independent. “And people always have divisive views about the monarchy, but their visit isn’t an excuse for people to say that they are confused about what they are being asked to do.”

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon encouraged William and Kate to travel to Edinburgh despite knowing the coronavirus restrictions, reported The Independent. While Welsh and Scottish officials have discouraged non-royals from traveling to other regions in the U.K. without an excuse, royal officials said that William and Kate could travel because they were working, reported The Independent.