The Duke of Edinburgh is responding to medical treatment for an infection but is not expected to be discharged from hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII private hospital in Marylebone, central London on Tuesday for a few days of “rest and observation” after feeling unwell.
Even though it was not an emergency admission and he entered unassisted, that stay was extended throughout the weekend.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement Tuesday afternoon: “The Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital where he is receiving medical treatment for an infection.
“He is comfortable and responding to treatment, but he shouldn’t be discharged from the hospital for several days.”
Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex has revealed the royals are keeping their ‘fingers crossed’ but his father is doing ‘much better’ after seven nights in hospital.
Prince Edward, the Duke’s youngest son, told Sky News he spoke to his father on the phone.
When asked how he was he replied, “As far as I know, well, I spoke to them the other day, so it will be much better, thank you very much, and he can’t wait to get out, this which is the most positive thing.
“So we keep our fingers crossed.”
The Prince of Wales made a 200 mile round trip to visit his father on Saturday, spending half an hour at his bedside. He is said to have informed the Duke of the latest developments regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Observers described him as gloomy as he got into his car for the two-hour return trip to Highgrove, Gloucestershire.
On Monday, the Duke of Cambridge said his grandfather was going “OK”, adding: “They are keeping an eye on him.”
Prince William was asked about the Duke’s state of health when he visited a vaccination center in Norfolk on Monday, and said ‘Yes he is fine, they are watching him’, and winked at him. eye.
Philip is now on his eighth day at the private hospital.
The 99-year-old was originally scheduled to spend a few days under medical care for “observation and rest” for an undisclosed reason, which is unrelated to the coronavirus.
But on Friday, sources said the Duke – who will turn 100 in June – will likely remain in hospital this week.
Members of the royal family have continued in their duties since the Duke was taken to hospital after telling his doctor he was not feeling well.
The morning after Philip’s admission, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall – who received their Covid vaccines – traveled to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to learn more about the vaccination trials.
Last Thursday, the Queen hosted her first official in-person event of the year, making one of her most senior collaborators a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Philip spent the most recent lockout with the Queen in Windsor and in January they both received Covid vaccinations.
The Duke was last hospitalized in December 2019, when he was treated for a “pre-existing illness” and was discharged on Christmas Eve after four nights.