Prince Philip is expected to spend another weekend in hospital as he continues to receive treatment for an infection.

The duke has now spent 11 days in his sick bed and his stay is likely to go into next week, according to royal sources.

Prince Philip, 99, was first admitted on Tuesday, February 16 as a ‘precaution’ and he has now spent the longest amount of time in hospital since he had an abdomen operation in 2013.

Buckingham Palace has not released an update on his condition since Tuesday and are not expected to do so until next week ‘at least’, MailOnline reports.

The palace last said the duke was ‘comfortable’ and ‘responding to medical help’ as it was revealed for the first time that an infection was keeping the elderly royal in hospital.

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Senior royals have also provided updates on his condition throughout his stay. Most recently, his youngest son Edward told Sky News on Tuesday: ‘He’s a lot better, thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed.’ 

Prince Charles visited his father in hospital last weekend and was pictured leaving with tears in his eyes.

It’s not known whether any other members of the family are planning a visit. The hospital has previously said visitors would only be allowed ‘in exceptional circumstances.’

The Queen showed that her husband was at the forefront of her mind as she appeared on a video call wearing the same broach she wore when the couple were first engaged in 1947.

The Monarch was making a rare intervention in public life as she urged people to get themselves vaccinated against coronavirus.

Both the Queen and Prince Philip received their own vaccines in January. The palace has clarified that the duke’s current illness is not related to the pandemic.

Prince Philip’s stay in hospital has coincided with another crisis in the royal household as Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle were stripped of their royal patronages.

Appearing on American television in a segment that had been filmed before the row, Harry told James Cordon he hasn’t turned his back on the Royal Family and that his life will always be about ‘public service’.

He also revealed that he has been keeping in touch with his grandparents via Zoom during the pandemic.

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But Prince Philip has a unusual way of ending the calls as he simply slams the laptop shut, according to Harry.

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