Reason why Prince Charles went to visit Prince Philip in hospital over the weekend

Reason why Prince Charles went to visit Prince Philip in hospital over the weekend

Prince Philip has spent his fifth night in hospital, after the royal was admitted there on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, on Saturday visited the hospital where his father Prince Philip is being kept as a precaution after feeling ill, a Reuters photographer at the hospital said.

The 99-year-old is staying at King Edward VII's hospital in London, and on Saturday, his oldest son Prince Charles went to visit his father.

Charles travelled from Highgrove, Gloucestershire, to the hospital in the capital, and was the first member of the royal family to visit Philip.

The future King wanted to visit his father due to his extended stay in hospital. Charles was pictured arriving at the hospital on Saturday afternoon, looking visibly emotional.

It is thought that Charles had not seen his father since before Christmas due to the nationwide coronavirus restrictions.

It was revealed on Thursday that Philip is expected to remain in hospital into next week "for observation".

A royal source said: "Following consultation with his doctor the Duke of Edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital for observation and rest over the weekend and into next week."

As we have said previously the doctor is acting with an abundance of caution. The Duke remains in good spirits."In a statement released on Wednesday,

Buckingham Palace said: "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."

understands that Prince Philip, who is said to be in "good spirits", walked into hospital by himself after travelling by car and that it was not an emergency admission.

The stay in hospital is purely precautionary and the illness is not COVID-19 related.

The Queen has remained at Windsor Castle where she and her husband have been spending lockdown.

Prince Charles arrived at the back of the London hospital where Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, has spent four nights. Charles was at the hospital for just over half an hour before departing.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling ill with an ailment that is not related to COVID-19.

He is expected to remain in hospital until next week, a royal source said on Friday, adding that doctors were acting out of an abundance of caution and the duke remained in good spirits.

Both Philip and the 94-year-old queen received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in January.

He spent four nights at the same hospital at the end of 2019 while being treated for a pre-existing condition.

Philip is now rarely seen in public. He stepped down from official engagements in August 2017 after completing more than 22,000 solo events and thousands more alongside the queen.

A former naval officer renowned for his sometimes brusque manner and humour, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became queen. He is now by far the longest-serving consort of any British monarch.

In an apparent tribute to the duke, one of his granddaughters, Princess Eugenie, and her husband Jack Brooksbank said on Saturday they had named their first son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.