Prince Philip to stay in hospital ‘into next week’ after health scare

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Prince Philip will reportedly remain in hospital into next week for medical observation.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was taken to London's King Edward VII Hospital for "rest and observation" earlier this week after feeling unwell at Windsor Castle.

He has been told he cannot have any visitors because of Covid-19 rules.

Under the strict national guidelines, visitors such as the Queen are only allowed inside under "exceptional circumstances".

Following the decision to keep Philip under observation, a source told the BBC that the royal remains in good spirits and that his doctor is acting with an “abundance of caution”.

Philip has been treated at the hospital several times over the years.

It is believed he had felt ill days before being ordered to visit hospital as a "precautionary measure", and it is not related to coronavirus.

He was driven 26 miles from Windsor Castle in a private car and walked into the hospital unaided.

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Grandson Prince Harry is now self isolating in California to fly home if Philip's condition worsens.

The Duke of Sussex has decided to stay at his £11million California mansion permanently while his grandfather is in hospital, in case of the need to return to the UK at short notice, the Daily Mirror reported.

It is also understood that the Prince has requested regular updates on the Duke of Edinburgh's status.

Philip, who turns 100 in June, last had a spell in hospital when he spent four nights at the King Edward VII’s in December 2019, where he was treated for a “pre-existing condition” and discharged on Christmas Eve.

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A royal expert earlier guessed that Philip would be frustrated by his stint in hospital.

Penny Junor joked on BBC Breakfast that he could be "quite outspoken" towards medics during his admission for "observation and rest".

He said: "I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.

"This is a man who doesn't want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he's in hospital and getting some fuss made of him will really irritate him."

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On Saturday, January 9, Buckingham Palace announced Her Majesty, 94, and Philip had been given the coronavirus vaccination.

The Palace rarely comments on health matters, but it is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations."

Reports confirmed at the time the injections were administered by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle.

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