Britain’s Prince Philip will stay in hospital for several more days while he is treated for an infection, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday.
This is the first official update on the 99-year-old man since he was admitted to hospital as a precaution a week ago.
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“The Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital where he is receiving medical treatment for an infection,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“He is comfortable and responding to treatment, but he shouldn’t leave the hospital for several days.”
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth, entered London’s private hospital on Tuesday evening after being invited by his doctor for admission after feeling unwell.
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Buckingham Palace said he had to stay in hospital for a few days for observation and his wife, 94, remained at Windsor Castle, her home in West London where the couple were during the lockdown of COVID-19.
Prince Charles visits his father, Prince Philip, in the hospital
The two royals have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and the Duke’s disease is unrelated to COVID. A royal source said he was expected to stay in hospital this week and Philip was in high spirits.
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Prince William, son of Prince Charles’ heir, said Monday his grandfather was “OK, they’re keeping an eye on him. ”
Philip’s illness comes at a delicate time for the Queen and the monarchy after it was announced last week that William’s younger brother Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan would sever all official royal ties.
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, stepped down in March of last year, and the split was made official on Friday as the couple lost their precious royal patronages.
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They moved with their son Archie to Southern California to live a more independent life and escape the British media. Next month, they’ll be giving a “high-profile” interview to US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
The hospitalization of Philippe, who has been the Queen’s confidant throughout her 69-year reign and the patriarch of the family, deprives the monarch of his advice.
However, the prince has taken a further step back since retiring from public life in 2017, with many of his official roles being taken on by other family members.
– with files from Global News