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Duke of Edinburgh ‘being looked after very well’, Charles says after Philip spends third night in hospital

Prince Philip in 2018. Credit: PA

The Duke of Edinburgh is being “very well” looked after in hospital, his oldest son the Prince of Wales has said.

Prince Philip has spent a third night at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London for treatment relating to a “pre-existing condition”.

The duke’s planned admission on Friday to the private central London hospital, which has been treating members of the royal family for decades, was described as a “precautionary measure” by Buckingham Palace.

During a visit to flood-hit communities in South Yorkshire on Monday, Charles was asked about his father’s health by a reporter.

Police officers outside King Edward VII’s Hospital in London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

“He’s being looked after very well in hospital,” Charles replied.

“At the moment that’s all we know.”

During the visit, a woman in Fishlake asked Charles: “Sir, how is your father?”

He replied: “Alright. When you get to that age things don’t work so well.”

The Queen did not change her schedule as a result of her husband’s hospital stay.

She left Buckingham Palace for Norfolk by train on Friday to begin her traditional festive break at her private Sandringham estate, where the duke spends much of his time since retiring from public duties.

On Sunday the Queen attended church, accompanied by the Countess of Wessex.

Queen Elizabeth attended church on Sunday without Prince Philip Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

The duke, who turned 98 in June, has generally enjoyed good health, appearing to recover well from a planned hip replacement operation in April 2018.

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.

Media gather outside the King Edward VII’s Hospital after the duke’s admission Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

A Buckingham Palace statement on Friday 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 duke was not taken by ambulance and was expected to be in hospital for a few days.

Philip is known for his “no fuss” approach and is unlikely to receive many visitors while he is being treated at the hospital.

Buckingham Palace would not go into details about Philip’s pre-existing condition, or the nature of his treatment, but there is likely to be concern for the duke among well-wishers given his age.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in 2017 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Philip’s decision to retire from public duties during 2017 was not health-related, Buckingham Palace said at the time of the announcement.

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.

He has given up riding carriages competitively, but earlier this year was photographed in the grounds of Windsor Castle holding the reins as he guided a horse and carriage through the estate.