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Prince Charles Leaves Hospital After Visiting Ill Father Prince Philip

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Prince Charles Leaves Hospital After Visiting Ill Father Prince Philip

Prince Charles has left hospital after visiting his ill father Prince Philip.

The Prince of Wales arrived at the King Edward VII Hospital in London at around 3.30pm today (Saturday 20 February) and left around half an hour later.

Under current lockdown rules in England, visiting someone in hospital is considered a 'reasonable excuse' to leave home.

Prince Charles has left hospital after visiting his ill father Prince Philip. Credit: PA
Prince Charles has left hospital after visiting his ill father Prince Philip. Credit: PA
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The Duke of Edinburgh's exact illness has not been disclosed, but his admission is not related to Covid-19.

A Buckingham Palace source told the BBC the 99-year-old is expected to remain in hospital into next week.

He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure on Tuesday evening (17 February) after 'feeling unwell'.

Buckingham Palace told LADbible in a statement at the time: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, on Tuesday evening.

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"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."

The visit lasted around half an hour. Credit: PA
The visit lasted around half an hour. Credit: PA

Philip stepped back from royal engagements in 2017 when he officially retired at 96 - joking that he was the 'the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler'.

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It is believed that Prince Philip's retirement from active office was not due to ill health, although he has suffered a number of health problems over the course of the last decade.

Philip missed the traditional Christmas church service in 2011 because of a blocked artery that resulted in him having a stent put in, before suffering from two bladder infections in 2012.

He had exploratory surgery on his abdomen the following year and began using hearing aids the year after that.

Philip was also involved in a car crash in 2019 near the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after hitting a Kia.

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While Philip was shaken but uninjured, two people who were in the other car were taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and later discharged, while a baby was unharmed.

Philip is expected to remain in hospital into next week. Credit: PA
Philip is expected to remain in hospital into next week. Credit: PA

Philip later gave up his driving license, with a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace saying: "After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence."

A statement from Norfolk Police read: "The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist.

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"Both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and were discharged last night [17 January 2019]. Police can also confirm a nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured.

"The driver of the Land Rover, a 97-year-old man, was uninjured. Both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News

Jake Massey
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