What is wrong with Prince Philip? Latest news on his illness since the royal was admitted into hospital


THE Duke of Edinburgh has spent a third night at the private, King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, London.

Why has Prince Philip been admitted, and will he remain in hospital over Christmas?

Prince Philip, 98, is expected to stay in hospital for a few days after being admitted for a pre-existing condition

What is wrong with Prince Philip?

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turned 98 in June, has generally enjoyed good health.

He appeared to recover well from a planned hip replacement operation in April 2018.

But, he remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London for treatment relating to a “pre-existing condition”.

According to reports, his admission follows a spell of ill-health.

HOAR quoted a royal source saying the duke had a fall recently, while the Mail reported he had been battling a flu-like condition.

Prince Philip escaped with minor injuries after a dramatic car crash near Sandringham in January, but in the past decade has been admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery.

King Edward VII Hospital in London, where Prince Philip is still undergoing treatment
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

What has the Palace said about Prince Philip’s illness?

On Friday, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.

“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor.”

The palace would not go into details about Prince Philip’s pre-existing condition, or the nature of his treatment.

But there is concern for the duke among well-wishers, given the royal’s age.

His decision to retire from public duties during 2017 was not health-related, Buckingham Palace said two years ago.

The duke is an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise.

He once said he more or less followed the Atkins diet and he drinks only moderately.

Media outside the private hospital in Marylebone, central London

When was Prince Philip admitted to hospital?

Prince Philip was taken to hospital for a “pre-existing condition” on December 20, as the rest of the family made their way to Sandringham.

His admission comes almost a year after the fiercely independent Prince somehow survived a nasty car crash in January 2019.

The Queen did not change her schedule and left Buckingham Palace for Norfolk by train, to begin her traditional festive break at her private Sandringham estate, where the duke spends much of his time since retiring from public duties.

She was recently pictured with great-grandson George, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge, preparing special Christmas puddings at Buckingham Palace.

Four generations of the royal family came together last week to support the Royal British Legion’s ‘Together at Christmas’ initiative.

The Queen got involved and Prince George took the lead as they stirred the mixture together, a tradition said to bring good luck

Will Prince Philip be in hospital over Christmas?

The Queen, 93, yesterday attended church without Prince Philip as her husband spent a third night in hospital.

He was expected to remain in hospital for a few days, according to the Press Association.

However, it’s not clear as yet whether he will miss Christmas Day with the royal family.

A source told HOAR: “The duke doesn’t want any fuss. He doesn’t want the family coming to see him in hospital.

“He wants to be in and out with minimal disruption to any festive plans and he certainly doesn’t want the family to spend time at Christmas traipsing to his sick bed.”