Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of London, is responding to treatment for an infection, but will remain in a hospital in London for days to come, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
“She is relaxed and responding to treatment, but is not expected to be out of the hospital for several days,” the statement said.
The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to a London hospital on 16 February, “after feeling unwell” as a “precautionary measure” on the advice of his doctor, with a disease which was not related to Kovid-19. Palace said earlier.
Philip, 99, along with his wife Rani, received their vaccinations for Kovid-19 in January.
The royal couple are living in Windsor Castle, a castle about 30 miles west of London, during the coronovirus epidemic that has paralyzed the UK, with the highest number of deaths in Europe.
Philip married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and has four children – the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, born in 1948; Princess Anne, born in 1950; Prince Andrew, born 1960; And Prince Edward, born in 1964 – with dozens of grand and great-grandchildren.
A former Navy officer and keen polo player, Philip enjoyed health well into old age, but he has had several health issues in recent years. He retired from public duties in 2017, and is the longest-serving royal association in British history.
He was last admitted to the hospital in December 2019, when he spent four nights in the hospital, Mahal said that the pre-existing condition was treated, although this did not reveal what the condition was.
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Charles paid him a brief visit to the hospital on Saturday, while grandson Prince William told the press on Monday during a visit to an immunization center that his grandfather was “fine, they are keeping an eye on him.”
Philip’s illness comes at a difficult time for the monarchy when it was announced last week that William’s younger brother Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan were carrying out all of their official royal duties.
The couple moved to California with their son Archie last year to live a more independent life and escape the British media. Next month he will give a “wide-ranging” interview to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Yuliya Talmazan has contributed.