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Prince Philip is doing OK in hospital, says Prince William

Posted at Feb 23, 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh is said to be “OK” after spending a sixth night in hospital for “observation and rest”.

The Duke of Cambridge, visiting a Covid-19 vaccination centre in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on Monday, was asked about his 99-year-old grandfather, who was admitted to the King Edward VII’s private hospital in central London last week.

William replied: “Yes, he’s OK. They’re keeping an eye on him,” and he gave a wink.

Prince Philip was admitted last Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after a doctor was called to Windsor Castle, where he has been shielding with the Queen, 94. He had complained of feeling unwell, but travelled to the hospital by car and walked in unaided.

His reason for admission has not been disclosed but is said not to be Covid-related. He and the Queen had their coronavirus vaccination in January.

He received a visit from the Prince of Wales on Saturday. Charles spent 30 minutes at the hospital after making a 100-mile trip from his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire. He left without making any comment.

Hospital Covid rules state that a visit from one person can be considered “in exceptional circumstances”.

Charles had not seen his father since before Christmas and a source said: “The duke has been in hospital a few days longer than expected and the prince simply wanted to go and see him.”

On Friday, Buckingham Palace said Philip would remain in hospital into this week as doctors were acting with an “abundance of caution”.