U.K. – Prince Philip completes a week in the hospital

U.K. - Prince Philip completes a week in the hospital

U.K. – Prince Philip completes a week in the hospital

Prince Philip is expected to remain in hospital for “several days” as he continues to receive treatment for an infection, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. In a short statement, the Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh was “comfortable and responding to treatment” but “is not expected to leave hospital for several days”.

The Duke of Edinburgh has spent a seventh night in hospital after the Duke of Cambridge said his grandfather was “OK”. William was asked about the duke’s health when he visited a vaccination centre in Norfolk on Monday, and said “Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him”, and gave a wink.

The 99-year-old was initially due to spend a few days under medical care for “observation and rest” for an undisclosed reason, which is not coronavirus-related. Philip’s illness comes at a tricky time for the queen and the monarchy after it was announced last week that William’s younger brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be severing all their official royal links.

They have moved with their son Archie to Southern California to live a more independent life and escape the British media, and next month will give a “wide-ranging” interview to United States chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

And on Tuesday, the 99-year-old’s youngest son Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, told Sky News he was feeling “a lot better” and “looking forward” to getting out of hospital.