Prince Philip to spend third night in hospital for ‘observation and rest’

The Duke of Edinburgh was said to be in ‘good spirits’ when he was taken to hospital (Picture: WireImage)

The Duke of Edinburgh is spending his third night in hospital tonight for after falling unwell at Windsor Castle earlier this week.

Philip, 99, was described as being in ‘good spirits’ after he walked unaided into King Edward VII’s hospital in central London on Tuesday evening, on the advice of his doctor.

Buckingham Palace has said taking him to hospital by was a ‘precautionary measure’ on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor,

There were no reports of visitors arriving at the private hospital today, but the duke is known for his ‘no fuss’ attitude, especially when doctors and nurses are working so hard during the pandemic.

Royal author Penny Junor joked that medics probably ‘would not want him’ on their shift due to his aversion to people ‘fussing over him’.

The royal family have been working as usual with the Queen carrying out her normal duties of state this week and yesterday he Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited a Birmingham hospital to learn about vaccine trials.

Ms Junor told BBC Breakfast: ‘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.

Police officers and a doorman outside the King Edward VII Hospital in London where the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell. Picture date: Thursday February 18, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police officers and a doorman stand watch outside the King Edward VII Hospital, where the duke is resting (Picture: PA)

‘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.’

Philip’s hospital admission is front page news and outside King Edward VII’s photographers, cameramen and journalists have gathered to cover any developments.

The duke, who turns 100 on June 10, has so far spent two full nights in hospital for an undisclosed reason, although it is not coronavirus-related.

He has been spending the latest lockdown with the Queen at Windsor Castle and in January they both received Covid vaccinations.

Yesterday Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.

‘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.’

It is understood the decision to admit Philip was taken with an ‘abundance’ of caution.

The duke 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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