Buckingham Palace on Tuesday said that the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip was treated for infection although he is expected to remain in hospital for some number of days.
The 99 year old Prince Philip and husband to Queen Elizabeth II was last week admitted at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London where he has so far spent seven nights.
“The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
However, the reason for the prince’s admission is yet to be revealed with coronavirus being ruled out of the equation. In the meantime, the royal’s youngest son Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex narrated to Sky News that he spoke to his dad via the phone and he said that he was “a lot better” following the admission.
“He’s a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed,” said Prince Edward.
“Just a bit! I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.” He responded when asked if the father was frustrated by his presence in the hospital.
Over the weekend, Prince Philip’s eldest son Prince Charles was driven down for a hospital visit. A somber-looking Charles, 72, was seen entering the King Edward VII’s Hospital wearing a facemask on Saturday and his Clarence House office later said that the Prince of Wales was then driven back to his Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire, south-west England.
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Under England’s current coronavirus lockdown rules, visiting someone in a hospital is considered a “reasonable excuse” to leave home, although visits are being allowed on a case by case basis by most hospitals.