On Saturday afternoon, Prince Charles visited his father Prince Philip at the King Edward VII Hospital in London. The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was admitted there on Tuesday evening after "feeling unwell." Palace statements have so far called it a "precautionary" stay for "observation and rest."
Prince Charles visits Prince Philip in hospital
Reports had previously said that the Duke would receive no visitors unless under "exceptional circumstances," but Prince Charles did make a trip to the hospital on Saturday. Pictures show Charles, the eldest son of Prince Philip and the Queen, arriving by car and wearing a mask. Upon exiting, he looked somewhat emotional.
According to the Daily Mail, the Prince of Wales took a trip of over 300 km to visit his father. After the stop in, he is said to have returned to his country estate, Highgrove House. Hello! also reported that Charles chose to visit because he hadn't seen Prince Philip in the New Year and "due to his extended stay in hospital."
Prince Philip health update: Duke remains in hospital
Prior to Princes Charles's visit, the latest update on Prince Philip's health had said he would be staying at the hospital through this weekend and for "several more days" into next week for "observation and rest."
Buckingham Palace's initial statement on his admission read: "The Duke's admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness's Doctor, after feeling unwell." The admission is thought to be unrelated to COVID-19 or the first dose of the vaccine the Duke received in January.