Prince Philip: Royal expert details a 'worrying sign'
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Prince Philip, 99, is expected to spend another day in hospital having been admitted early last week for “observation and rest.” The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Windsor Castle to King Edward VII’s private hospital in London last Tuesday evening where he is understood to have walked in unaided for non-emergency treatment.
How is Prince Philip?
Buckingham Palace has not issued a new update on the Duke’s health since his initial hospital admission.
At the time the Palace were keen to play down fears for the Queen’s husband and emphasised that his admission was a “precautionary measure.”
A palace statement released last Tuesday read: “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.”
The statement added: “The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor, after feeling unwell.
“The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”
Prince Charles, 72, was the first member of the Royal Family to visit Philip in hospital on Saturday after making the 100-mile trip from his home in Gloucestershire.
While Buckingham Palace declined to comment on whether Charles’s visit was in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, King Edward VII’s website states that visits under the current lockdown are only permitted in “exceptional circumstances.”
On Monday, the Duke’s grandson Prince William gave an update on his condition during a visit to a vaccination centre in Norfolk.
Quizzed about how Philip was getting on, William told reporters he was doing “OK.”
He added that that doctors were “keeping an eye” on his grandfather.
According to royal insiders, Philip “remains in good spirits” despite his situation.
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Last week royal expert and author Penny Junor suggested the straight-talking Duke may pose something of a challenge to hospital staff.
Ms Junor told BBC Breakfast: Penny Junor told BBC Breakfast: “I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.
“This is a man who doesn’t want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he’s in hospital and getting some fuss made of him will really irritate him.”
Reacting to Prince Charles’s visit to his father on Saturday, Ms Junor said: told PA: “We do all know he doesn’t like fuss, and he would regard a visit as fuss.”
While the royal expert did not claim to know the reason for the visit she suggested it could be linked to the recent news regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the Queen’s decision to remove their royal patronages.
Ms Junor added: “Momentous things are happening in the family at the moment and I suppose it’s perfectly possible that Charles wanted to go and talk to his father and reassure him about Harry.”
Prince Philip was last admitted to hospital ahead of Christmas in 2019 when he received treatment for a “pre-existing health condition.”
The Palace has not revealed what the Duke is receiving treatment for during his current stint in hospital.
Once Philip is discharged from hospital he is expected to return to Windsor Castle to be with the Queen.
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