Prince Charles, 72, was the first Royal Family member to visit his father Prince Philip, 99, in hospital following the Duke of Edinburgh’s admission on Tuesday evening. On Saturday, Charles left Gloucestershire and travelled to London where he paid a 40-minute visit to his father at King Edward VII’s private hospital. Buckingham Palace has issued no new update on the Duke’s health since he first went into hospital
Express.co.uk understands Charles’s visit was made “in exceptional circumstances” in accordance with King Edward VII hospital’s COVID-19 visitor policy.
Buckingham Palace described Philip’s admission as “a precautionary measure” when he first went into hospital on Tuesday but has not issued another update since.
Following Prince Charles’s visit on Saturday ITV royal editor, Chris Ship tweeted: “We understand that Prince Charles has not returned to Highgrove in Gloucestershire but has instead gone to stay the night at Clarence House in St James’, London.
“No updates from Buckingham Palace on Duke of Edinburgh.”
Prince Charles ‘to remain in London’ following Prince Philip hospital visit
Prince Charles travelled from Gloucestershire to London to see his father
How is Prince Philip?
On Tuesday Buckingham Palace played down fears for the Duke’s health in a statement that said he had gone into hospital as “a precautionary measure” and on the advice of his doctor “for a few days of observation and rest.”
While the Palace is yet to issue a new update, one royal insider claimed the Duke was “in good spirits” on Friday and that he was expected to remain in hospital until next week.
Following Charles’s visit Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer tweeted: “Charles, the first member of the Royal Family to visit Philip in hospital since he was admitted on Tuesday for ‘observation and rest’, spent around 40 minutes at the hospital.
“Buckingham Palace gave no update on Philip’s condition. A source said he remained in good spirits’.”
The full Palace statement about Philip’s admission read: “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s 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 Charles decision to visit his father on Saturday prompted confusion from some members of the public who were unclear as to whether it was in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions.
According to King Edward VII’s website visits to patients during the current lockdown are permitted “in exceptional circumstances”
Buckingham Palace declined Express.co.uk’s request to comment on this matter.
Royal fans share fears for Prince Philip’s health
Royals fans shared their fears for the Duke’s health on Twitter following Prince Charles’s visit on Saturday.
Reacting to the news one Twitter user wrote: “I hope Prince Philip is alright”, followed by a praying emoji.
Another put: “Should we read too much into this considering and please correct me if I’m wrong but I thought visitors weren’t allowed.”
While a third said they feared the worst, writing: “Well that’s not good – cos of Covid aren’t visits banned unless life is coming to end?”
Responding to Prince Charles visit, royal author Penny Junor told PA: “We do all know he doesn’t like fuss, and he would regard a visit as fuss.”
While the royal expert did not claim to know the reason for the visit she suggested it could be linked to the recent news regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the Queen’s decision to remove their royal patronages.
Ms Junor added: “Momentous things are happening in the family at the moment and I suppose it’s perfectly possible that Charles wanted to go and talk to his father and reassure him about Harry.”
Prince Philip is expected to remain in hospital until next week
Are hospital visits allowed during lockdown?
The current Government guidance on hospital visits to patients during lockdown states: “You may also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.”
Prince Charles faced some backlash for visiting Philip on Saturday with some social media users claiming a different set of rules seemed to apply for royals during lockdown.
Reacting to the visit one Twitter user wrote: “Only for absolute emergencies… not the case here…!!! Rules for elite and different rules for the commoner.”
Another put: “I guess Shouldn’t have really travelled during lockdown The rules are the rules.”
Earlier this month Clarence House confirmed Charles and Camilla had been travelling to and from Gloucestershire during lockdown in order to carry out essential royal work at Clarence House when necessary.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK