Why the Queen hasn't visited Prince Philip in hospital yet

Why the Queen hasn't visited Prince Philip in hospital yet

Buckingham Palace has made a public announcement finally revealing the cause behind Prince Philip’s hospitalisation.

A week after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted, the palace said he is “receiving medical attention for an infection.

"He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days."

Sources have always ruled out the possibility of Prince Philip’s illness being COVID-related as he and the Queen received their first vaccines in January.

Many have wondered if Her Majesty has had the chance to visit her husband, but it seems only Prince Charles has been able to visit his 99-year-old father as a “precautionary measure”.

Prince William has since told journalists, "Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him," with a wink while he visited a vaccination centre in eastern England.

Prince Edward also told Sky News his father is "a lot better".

"He’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed," the Earl of Wessex said.

When asked if his father was frustrated in the hospital, Edward laughed and said "just a bit."

"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," he said.

"We’ve had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people, and we really appreciate that and so does he," the earl added. "I’ve been passing them on. It’s fantastic, thank you."

The Palace initially said Prince Philip was expected to stay there "for a few days of observation and rest" when he was first admitted.

The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle, with Buckingham Palace yet to announce whether Her Majesty will make the 41km journey to visit her husband. With visitors only allowed in "exceptional circumstances",  royal fans worry that the moment the Queen does visit Philip, it could be a clear sign that his condition has seriously worsened.

The Duke was last hospitalised in December 2019, where he spent four nights in hospital before Christmas.