Duke of Edinburgh in ‘good spirits’ after being admitted to hospital

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2021

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's 99-year-old husband, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure with an ailment that is not COVID-related.

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

A palace source also confirmed it was not Covid- related and that the stay in hospital was "purely precautionary".

It added that he was "in good spirits" in hospital, where is expected to remain for a few days of observation and rest.

In December 2019, the Duke spent four nights at the private hospital for treatment for a pre-existing but undisclosed condition.

Prince Philip retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96 following a two-night hospitalisation for an infection.

According to ITV News' Royal Editor Chris Ship, Prince Phillip "illness is not Covid related" and that "he travelled to central London by vehicle and it was not treated as an emergency admission".

A palace source told the BBC that the duke travelled to the hospital by auto, where he was admitted as a precaution on his doctor's advice. Prince Philip was seen by a doctor as a precaution while the driver of the other vehicle sustained cuts and a passenger broke her wrist.

The latest hospitalisation renewed concerns about Philip's health ahead of his 100th birthday in June this year.

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