Prince Philip has spent the night at the King Edward VII Hospital in London after being admitted for “observation and treatment” of a pre-existing condition, Buckingham Palace confirmed. But, while it is understood that the tough Duke of Edinburgh walked into the hospital unaided, one publication claimed he was taken to London by helicopter - raising concerns among royal fans about his health state.
According to the Daily Mail, the helicopter transported Prince Philip from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate to London.
From there, the Duke was driven to the private hospital in Marylebone.
Buckingham Palace released only a brief statement confirming the Duke was being hospitalised, without referring to transports or the cause of the dash to the clinic.
They 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.
Prince Philip was flown to hospital by helicopter yesterday, it has been claimed
The Duke of Edinburgh is staying at the King Edward VII Hospital in London
“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness's doctor.”
Sources have claimed the Duke of Edinburgh hasn’t been in the best health state in the past few months.
Prince Philip has been staying at a five-bedroom cottage, Wood Farm, in Sandringham since early September.
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The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for 72 years
One royal insider has claimed the 98-year-old Duke has been battling a flu-like condition and “has been looking much frailer” lately.
They said: “The Duke has had a bad turn recently and has been looking much frailer of late.
“He's a remarkable man who has always prided himself on how robust he is, but he is six months off his 99th birthday and age takes its toll.
Prince Philip was last seen in public in May, at Lady Gabriella's wedding
Prince Philip 'hasn't been looking well' lately, one source said
“He hasn't been looking terribly well of late.”
Another source told The Sun the Duke had a “bad fall” in the past weeks, which left him bed-stricken for a couple of days.
They said: “The Duke had a bad fall and was confined to bed for a couple of days.
“He didn't break anything, but it gave everyone a scare.”
Prince Philip's family tree
A third source claimed in mid-November that Prince Philip has suffered “a bit of a wobble” while at Sandringham.
They said: “A few weeks ago Philip had a bit of a wobble and hasn’t felt so energetic.
“He has been living quietly at Sandringham, where he spends most of his time reading and pottering about.
“Until recently he has been very active — carriage riding, fishing at Balmoral and driving around royal estates — although he no longer drives on public roads following his crash in January.
“His mind is as sharp as ever.”
The Queen travelled to Sandringham yesterday by train
The Queen arrived to King’s Lynn train station yesterday morning to kick-start her winter break.
It is understood the monarch’s Christmas plans haven’t changed after Philip’s admission to hospital.
This, one royal expert said, can be explained by the fact that the Duke and the Queen, who married 72 years ago, have always conducted very independent lives.
Ingrid Seward told the Daily Mirror: “Philip has always been renowned for being as tough as an ox and incredibly active throughout his life.
“It is no surprise the Queen has carried on with her Sandringham plans while he is in hospital.
“Since the early days of their marriage when he was still serving in the Royal Navy they were used to spending large amounts of time apart and have always managed to be very independent of each other while remaining incredibly supporting of one another.”