London: Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital, sparking fears for the 99-year old husband of the Queen who hasn’t been seen in public for months.
The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London on Tuesday evening local time, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Prince Philip at his last public appearance in July 2020. Credit:PA
But the palace downplayed the seriousness of his condition: “The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor, after feeling unwell.
“The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”
The palace did not not disclose the Duke’s medical issue.
Several British royal reporters claimed his illness was not coronavirus-related and said he was driven to the hospital and walked in.
The Queen remains at Windsor Castle, where she has been shielding since the coronavirus pandemic forced her and Prince Philip out of Buckingham Palace last year.
Prince Philip was last seen at the castle in July 2020 for a ceremony. He was photographed with the Queen in November last year to mark the couple’s 73rd wedding anniversary.
Prince Philip and the Queen, 94, received their first COVID-19 vaccination in mid-January.
He retired from public life in 2017.
Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall carried on with a pre-scheduled visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Wednesday despite Prince Philip’s admission.
The royal family is bracing for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to break their silence in their first interview since they quit Britain’s royal family. The interview, with American television icon Oprah Winfrey, will be broadcast on March 7.
“Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure,” CBS said in a statement.
The interview has not been recorded and Prince Philip’s hospitalisation could mean it is delayed.
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