Camilla health fears: NHS advice on potentially ‘life-threatening’ chest infections

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CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall, is suffering from a chest infection, prompting her doctor to order the senior royal to cancel her engagements.

Prince Charles’s wife is suffering from a chest infection, Clarence House confirmed yesterday, as the palace announced she could not visit the Field of Remembrance alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.n It is understood Camilla was deeply disappointed about being forced to miss a visit she deeply cares about – and she would make her best not to skip any other official engagements honouring the fallen. 

But people suffering from chest infections are urged to get plenty of rest, as some forms of this illness could be “life-threatening”, the NHS warned.

The NHS guidelines on chest infections read: “A chest infection is an infection of the lungs or large airways.

“Some chest infections are mild and clear up on their own, but others can be severe and life-threatening.”

Symptoms, the NHS continued, include a chesty cough, shortness of breath, fever, headache and tiredness. 

The NHS guidelines also warned a severe chest infection can last for days.

They read: “These symptoms can be unpleasant, but they usually get better on their own in about 7 to 10 days.

“The cough and mucus can last up to 3 weeks.”

As the royal doctor advised Camilla, it is vital for people suffering from chest infections to get plenty of rest, remain hydrated and use painkillers to fend off muscle pain.

Her poor health state has already force Camilla to cancel two engagements this week.

On Wednesday evening, after visiting a farmers’ market in north London with Prince Charles, Camilla had to miss a gala dinner at the London Library celebrating the 200th birthday of Prince Albert, once patron of the organisation. 

The next day, on Friday, the Duchess of Cornwall missed the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

However, royals made sure her Cross of Remembrance was planted alongside the ones of Meghan and Harry, with her monogram, a C under a crown, standing out among the red poppies.

Announcing Camilla’s absence from the Abbey, a Clarence House spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “The Duchess of Cornwall has been told by her doctor to cancel her engagements owing to a chest infection which has got progressively worse over the last few days.”

During her visit to a farmers’ market in Swiss Cottage with Prince Charles celebrating the 20th anniversary of farmers’ markets in London, the Duchess of Cornwall was spotted coughing.

But, despite her poor health condition, the Duchess of Cornwall still spoke with many sellers at the market, asking information about their jobs and products.    

During the visit, Camilla showed interest in the variety of cheese showed by one of the sellers.

She also appreciated the beautiful flowers sold at one of the stalls.

And, in a video, she can be seen speaking to Hempen, a co-operative selling hemp and CBD oil.

Footage shows Camilla in conversation with the market seller, who says: “We’re also forming a family members for British Hemp Association, BHA. 

“Which is a group of hemp farmers that are starting to get together.”

The Duchess then spoke of the “fantastic” stories about the health benefits of hemp and CBD oil, according to the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English.

Camilla is scheduled to attend, with other senior royals, the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance on Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

On Sunday, the Duchess is also expected to attend the solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London, where Prince Charles will be laying a wreath of red poppies for the third time in the past three years.   

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