Princess Eugenie’s father-in-law , aged 71, is reportedly in intensive care with coronavirus.
George Brooksbank is understood to be in a “serious but stable” condition.
A friend reportedly said Eugenie and Jack are going through a “traumatic time” as “Geroge has been very sick but the whole family has been rallying round to help”.
While a family friend declined to comment, a friend reportedly said: “They are hugely grateful for the excellent care that he has been receiving.
“They are thinking of all the other families who are being similarly affected at this time.”
George Brooksbank lives with his wife in Wandsworth, south London and is a retired accountant.
Eugenie’s sister Beatrice has postponed her wedding reception over coronavirus.
The Princess is due to wed her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May, however the pandemic has forced them to scale back their plans.
The 93-year-old Queen was due to give a private reception to the couple in the gardens of Buckingham Palace after their wedding, however this has now been axed.
A spokesman said a smaller ‘private’ ceremony may still go ahead, however some are speculating the nuptials at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace on May 29 could be pushed back due to Covid-19.
The couple said they are aware of official advice around the wellbeing of older family members, following the Government’s announcement that over-70s in particular should avoid social contact.
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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward getting married but are equally aware of the need to avoid undertaking any unnecessary risks in the current circumstances.”
The Royal Family has been hit by the virus previously, when Prince Charles, also 71, was diagnosed with coronavirus last week.
He spent a week in isolation and today opened NHS Nightingale – a makeshift hospital in east London opened to treat coronavirus patients.
He opened the hospital online while working from home.
Prince Charles said: “It is without doubt a spectacular and almost unbelievable feat of work in every sense, from its speed of construction in just nine days to its size and the skills of those who have created it.
“An example if ever one was needed of how the impossible can be made possible and how we can achieve the unthinkable through human will and ingenuity.
“The creation of this hospital is the result of an extraordinary collaboration and partnership between NHS managers, the military and all those involved to create a centre on a scale that has never been seen before in the United Kingdom.”