Prince Philip mourning death of friend who died on day he was taken to hospital
Prince Philip is sadly mourning the death of his friend while also spending his 13th day in hospital.
The Duke of Edinburgh suffered the loss of his royal page and friend on the day he was taken to hospital nearly two weeks ago, according to royal commentator and expert, Robert Jobson.
Speaking on True Royalty TV, Mr Jobson said the loss is likely to be felt deeply by Prince Philip because his royal page is someone he probably saw every day.
“The other day when Prince Philip went into hospital, his royal page who was with him for many years died on the day the Duke went in,” Mr Jobson said.
“That is sad news for the Duke as well, when members of your staff that have been with you on a daily basis, and he is a lot younger than the Duke, when you hear that, it is quite difficult.
“A lot of his friends have passed away, a lot of his staff have passed away.”
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Prince Philip is spending his 13th day in hospital – his longest-ever stay – while he continues to be treated for an infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday, February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.
He walked into the building unaided and has been in “good spirits” during his stay, according to royal sources.
The duke’s previous longest stay in hospital was in 2013, when he had an operation on his abdomen.
Buckingham Palace said it does not expect any updates on his condition today.
Prince Philip’s admission is not related to coronavirus.
The Queen and other royals have continued with their duties while the duke has been in hospital, although some have paid a visit.
Prince Charles, 72, paid the duke a 30-minute visit last weekend.
But his youngest son, Prince Edward, 56, told Sky News on Tuesday that his father was getting better.
The Earl of Wessex said: “As far as I’m aware, he’s a lot better … so he’s looking forward to getting out which is the most positive thing.
Edward added with a laugh that his father was “just a bit” frustrated at being in hospital.
He said: “You can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.
“We’ve had some lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that and so does he, I’ve been passing them on.”
Prince William – the duke’s grandson – has also revealed that the senior royal is “OK” and hospital staff were “keeping an eye”.
The Queen is also said to have made a touching gesture to her husband by wearing a silver brooch from their engagement in her latest public appearance.
During a video call with health leaders delivering the Covid-19 vaccine, she called on the public to step up for their jab and issued a rebuke to anti-vaxxers.
And the monarch was seen wearing a brooch she first wore for her engagement to the duke 74 years ago.
The diamond clematis was first worn by Her Majesty in her official engagement photos with Prince Philip in July 1947.
Philip’s stay in hospital has also coincided with grandson Prince Harry’s appearance on ‘The Late Late Show’.
The royal, 36, spoke to host James Corden, 42, about a wide range of issues, including his video calls with his grandparents.
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