'They're Keeping An Eye On Him': Prince William Gives Update On Grandfather Prince Philip's Extended Hospital Stay

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Feb. 22 2021, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

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Though Prince Philip has remained in the hospital longer than than expected, Prince William assured the public on February 22 that "he's OK. They're keeping an eye on him."

According to a report, the father-of-three was at a vaccine center in Norfolk, England, when he shared the encouraging news.

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On February 16, the Palace revealed that Philip was admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital as "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."

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However, it was revealed a few days later that he would now be staying there at least through the weekend.

"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 February 19. "As we have said previously the doctor is acting with an abundance of caution. The Duke remains in good spirits."

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According to reports, Philip's illness is not being treated as an emergency. In fact, when he first arrived at the hospital, he was feeling good enough to walk in on his own without any assistance. He also insisted that he's treated in the same manner as any other patient.

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"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 staffer spilled at the time.

It was also reported that his hospital visit isn't related to COVID-19. Philip and wife Queen Elizabeth II actually received the first dose of the vaccine in January. "I'm very proud of them for doing that," William shared after their appointments. "It's really important that everyone gets their vaccine."

In April, Philip made a rare public statement to thank the healthcare workers who were putting in extra hours during the pandemic. "I wanted to recognize the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic," he noted. "By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from COVID 19." 

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