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Camilla says father-in-law Prince Philip ‘hurts at moments’ as he remains in hospital

Prince Philip 'slightly improving' in hospital says Camilla

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The Duke of Edinburgh has spent the past 16 days in hospital and is receiving treatment for an infection. Prince Philip was initially admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital last month but was moved by an ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Monday.

Speaking to a volunteer at a vaccination centre in Croydon on Wednesday, Camilla responded to queries about the Duke’s health.

She told Anne Sheehan, a receptionist at the centre, that Philip’s condition has slightly improved.

Camilla was quoted as saying: “We heard today that he’s slightly improving.
“So that’s very good news.”

Referring to Philip’s treatments, the Duchess said “it hurts at moments” but the family is “keeping its fingers crossed”.

On Monday, Buckingham Palace revealed that Philip was receiving tests for a pre-existing heart condition.

The Duke is not expected to be discharged from hospital before the end of this week.

A Palace statement read: “The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

“The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”

Prince Philip’s stay is already his longest-ever stint in hospital.

The Duke is expected to celebrate a huge milestone this year with his 100th birthday in June.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning last week, before Philip was moved to a different hospital, royal commentator Camilla Tominey said the Palace have tried to “dampen down any alarm”.

She added: “But obviously the Duke is 99 and so any hospital stay is going to be worrying.

“Equally I think it’s his longest stay in hospital outside of a scheduled operation.”

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Referring to Philip as the “Iron Duke”, the royal expert explained how he is possibly “itching” to get out of hospital.

Ms Tominey said: “As we know from the ‘Iron Duke’ himself, he isn’t someone even at his older years likes resting on his laurels.

“So he’ll be itching to get out I would imagine.”

Philip’s eldest son and Camilla’s husband, Prince Charles, visited his father in hospital.

The Prince of Wales spent about 30 minutes at the King Edward VII clinic over a week ago.

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