Prince Philip 'comfortable and responding to treatment' for infection in hospital
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - AFP
The Duke of Edinburgh is responding to medical treatment for an infection but is unlikely to be released from hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII's private hospital in Marylebone in central London for a few days last Tuesday after feeling unwell.
Although it was not an emergency room and he came in unassisted, his stay was extended over the entire weekend.
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh is staying in King Edward VII's hospital receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to that he is leaving the hospital for several. " Days. "
Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex has revealed that the royal family are keeping their fingers crossed, but that his father is "much better" after seven nights in the hospital.
Prince Edward, the Duke's youngest son, told Sky News that he spoke to his father on the phone.
When asked how he's doing, he said, "As far as I know, I spoke to them the other day, so he's a lot better, thank you, and he's looking forward to getting out on the most positive. So we keep our fingers crossed."
The Prince of Wales made a 200-mile round trip on Saturday to visit his father and spent half an hour by his bed. He is believed 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 drive back to Highgrove, Gloucestershire.
On Monday the Duke of Cambridge said his grandfather was "OK" and added, "You're keeping an eye on him."
Philip is now in his eighth day in the private hospital. The 99-year-old was initially supposed to spend a few days under medical treatment to be "watched and rested" for an unknown reason unrelated to the coronavirus.
But on Friday, sources said the Duke, who will turn 100 in June, is likely to stay in the hospital until this week. Members of the royal family have continued their duties since he was hospitalized.
The morning after Philip was admitted, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who had received their Covid puffs, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to find out about vaccination trials.
Last Thursday the Queen held her first official in-person event of the year, making one of her senior aides Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Philip spent the last lockdown 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 condition" and was released after four nights on Christmas Eve.
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