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Prince Philip will stay in hospital for several more days while battling infection

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Prince Philip will remain in hospital for “several days” while he receives “medical treatment for an infection”, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Duke of Edinburgh “is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days”, a palace spokesman said today.

The 99-year-old last night spent a seventh night at the King Edward VIII hospital in central London after being admitted last Tuesday for a period of “rest and recuperation”.

Philip, who received a Covid-19 jab in January, was taken to hospital on the advice of his doctor and a palace statement said it was a "precautionary measure".

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: The royal had a consultation with his doctor © POOL/AFP via Getty Images The royal had a consultation with his doctor

Royal aides said the decision to admit the Duke was taken with an “abundance” of precaution.

Philip, who has been staying with the Queen mainly at Windsor Castle throughout the coronavirus crisis, had been feeling unwell for a short period before a royal doctor was called.

After accepting the advice of the physician, the Duke agreed to travel to hospital by car and was “not considered an emergency admission”.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: The Queen pictured with Prince Philip at a past royal engagement © Getty Images The Queen pictured with Prince Philip at a past royal engagement

His illness is not Covid-related, aides confirmed.

Philip, who turns 100 on June 10, spent four nights at the same hospital at the end of 2019 while being treated for a pre-existing condition.

Prince William yesterday assured the nation his grandfather “is okay” and confirmed doctors are “keeping an eye on him” as he visited a Covid vaccination centre in Norfolk.

The royal had a consultation with his doctor before the weekend, who advised him while acting with "an abundance of caution", that he should stay at the King Edwards VII hospital in central London for a few days.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and hat: His illness is not Covid-related, aides confirmed. © Getty Images His illness is not Covid-related, aides confirmed.

During a visit to the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange Vaccination Centre, the Duke of Cambridge was asked how his grandfather was getting on.

Giving a reassuring wink as he replied, the Duke of Cambridge said: “Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him.”

The Prince of Wales made a 200 mile round trip to see him on Saturday.

a large brick building with a clock on the front of a store: Philip was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday (file photo) © REUTERS Philip was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday (file photo)

A palace spokesman said: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, on Tuesday evening.

"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."

Prince Philip retired from public life in August 2017 after decades supporting the Queen and attending events for his own charities and organisations.

The Duke has suffered a number of ailments over the years, including being treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire in December 2011 and a bladder infection in June 2012, forcing him to miss the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Exploratory surgery on his abdomen followed in June 2013 and he began to use hearing aids by 2014, aged 93.

He later pulled out of a Battle of Jutland anniversary event in June 2016 citing a minor ailment which was followed soon after by his retirement from public duty in 2017.

He spent four nights at King Edward Hospital in December 2019, where he was treated for a "pre-existing condition" and was later discharged on Christmas Eve.

The Duke was then driven to Sandringham and spent Christmas with the Queen.

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