Prince Philip's extended hospital stay hasn't been easy on his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, but an insider revealed the royal family has been right by her side throughout the ordeal to offer their support.
"It's a lot to take on. But as usual, Elizabeth is handling the stress and sadness with great dignity,” the insider shared, noting that Prince William, Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice and new mom Princess Eugenie "are rallying around Elizabeth."
In particular, it's her son Charles who has made "a real effort to step up," claimed the insider. "Elizabeth is the first to admit that he has been her pillar of strength."
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But behind closed doors, Charles is just as upset over the situation as his mother. According to biographer Angela Levin, Charles was overcome with emotion when he visited his father at London's King Edward VII Hospital the other day.
"He looked as if he had tears in his eyes, he really did. Now that could have been a fly going in or just being very moved by seeing his father," Levin reported. "We don't know, but luckily we haven't, as far as I know, heard anything yet. So no news is good news in a way."
A second source told Us Weekly that the Queen is "distraught" over Philip's health woes, calling it "a rough few weeks" for the matriarch.
On February 17, the Palace announced Philip was admitted to the hospital a day earlier as "a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s Doctor, after feeling unwell."
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It was reported that his illness wasn't related to COVID-19 and it wasn't being treated as an emergency. However, by February 23, he remained hospitalized, and the Palace stated he was "receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days."
Prince Edward recently assured the public that Philip doesn't seem to be in any serious danger.
"As far as I'm aware, well I did speak to him the other day, so he's a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing,” he told Sky News. "So we keep our fingers crossed."
The insider talked to Us Weekly.