Better safe than sorry! Prince Philip will remain at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London after he checked in earlier this week, a royal source revealed.
“Following consultation with his doctor [Prince Philip] is likely to remain in [the] hospital for observation and rest over the weekend and into next week,” royal correspondent Omid Scobie tweeted on Friday, February 19. “As we have said previously the doctor is acting with an abundance of caution. The Duke remains in good spirits.”
The 99-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, February 16, Buckingham Palace told The Royal Observer.
“The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s Doctor, after feeling unwell,” the Palace said. “The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”
The BBC reported that the Duke of Edinburgh’s illness is not COVID-19 related.
Even though Philip’s diagnosis didn’t appear to be an emergency, “he’s been told to rest and will stay in for a few days doing so,” a source revealed.
These days, the royal seems to be “in good spirits,” the insider shared, adding that he would like to keep his hospital visit out of the spotlight.
"We are all aware of the Duke's character and he will want the minimum of fuss made, especially when the doctors and nurses are all working so hard during the pandemic,” a staff insider said.
Philip and his wife have been staying at home amid the ongoing pandemic, and the two even received the first dose of the vaccine in January.
"I wanted to recognize the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic," he said in April 2020 about the frontline workers. "By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from COVID 19."
"On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues," Philip continued. "The staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected."