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As the Palace reported at the time, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is due to celebrate his 100th birthday in June, was admitted to hospital last week as a “precautionary measure” to stay for “a few days” for observation. For over a week now, however, the Queen’s husband has stayed in the medical center.

Prince Edward, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, said his father was doing much better as Buckingham Palace announced that “an infection” was being treated by the Duke of Edinburgh.

“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” the Palace said in a statement.

Last week, the Royal Household maintained that for “a few days of observation and rest” over an undisclosed illness, the 99-year-old duke would remain in hospital.

But the Earl of Wessex, 56, said that as the royal family kept their “fingers crossed,” his father was now craving a return from the hospital.

“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,” Prince Edward told Sky News as they were discussing the impact of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The 56-year-old son of Prince Philip admitted that his father was still “a bit” depressed after staying in the hospital for over a week: “I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting,” the earl said, while thanking people for the“fantastic” support they have given the duke over the last couple of days.

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On Tuesday 16th, Prince Philip was driven to King Edward VII’s Hospital, a private facility, and has since stayed there. The Palace said the next day that after the royal had been “feeling unwell,” the admission was a “precautionary measure” on the advice of the duke’s doctor, but did not provide any further details. A coronavirus shot was previously administered to Prince Philip, but sources said his condition was not COVID-related.

Prince Philip was visited on Saturday by his son, Prince Charles, and the two of them spent about 30 minutes together. On Tuesday, the Duke’s grandson Prince William also assured residents of the King’s Lynn, Norfolk, vaccination center that his grandfather was doing “ok.”

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