Queen ‘unlikely to visit Philip at all’ during longest-ever hospital stay

The Queen is unlikely to visit her husband during his longest hospital stay of all time, royal commentators have claimed.

Prince Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.

At the time Buckingham Palace said he was "comfortable" and "responding" to medical help.

The Duke of Edinburgh has now been in hospital for 14 days, beating his previous longest stint of 11 days in 2013 after an operation on his abdomen.

His son Prince Charles spent half an hour with him a few days into his stay, but no other members of the Royal Family have visited him in hospital, including his wife of 73 years.

ITV Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson have speculated that Her Majesty will not be making the trip to see Philip at all.

"There have been no other visitors since and I suppose that's not unusual," Mr Ship said in the show's most recent episode.

"We've been outside the hospital before, the Queen didn't come during the hip operation.

"She didn't come when he was last in the hospital.

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"I doubt very much that she's going to come at all now because of the Covid situation and being 94."

The two hosts also remarked that Charles looked "broken" in photos of him leaving King Edward VII Hospital after paying his elderly father a visit on February 20.

The Prince of Wales, 72, drove more than 200 miles in the round trip from Highgrove to London, sparking widespread concern that Philip's condition may have been deteriorating.

"We're not trying to read too much into it, we can only say what we see, but [Charles] did look pretty broken, didn't he, pretty emotional," Mr Ship said.

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  • "I think I'd use the word sombre," Ms Robinson replied.

    However Philip's son Prince Edward said his father was doing "a lot better" last week, while Prince William told media his grandfather is doing "okay".

    Mr Ship also wondered if Princess Anne might visit Philip.

    "She's certainly been in before, hasn't she?" he said.

    Ms Robinson confirmed: "She went in when the Duke was in 2018 for his hip operation.

    "She went in after nine days to go and visit him. So she may well go and see him, we just don't know."

    When asked about Philip's health last week, Prince Edward told Sky News: "He's a lot better, thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed."

    A royal source said the public could probably expect an update on Philip's condition sometime this week.

    Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

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