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Prince Philip begins 11th day in hospital in his joint longest stay for at least a decade 

The Duke of Edinburgh today began his 11th day in hospital where he is being treated for an infection ahead of the start of the weekend.

Buckingham Palace's last update on Prince Philip, 99, was on Tuesday and said he was 'comfortable' and 'responding to treatment'.

His son Prince Edward has also said this week Philip was 'a lot better' but 'looking forward to getting out' with the Royal Family were keeping their 'fingers crossed'. 

The Earl of Wessex thanked well-wishers for their messages of support as it was announced on Tuesday that Philip would spend 'several days' more in hospital. 

He was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell, and walked into the building unaided.

This is the longest amount of time he has spent in hospital since June 2013 when he had an exploratory operation on his abdomen. 

Philip's 11th day in hospital came as his grandson Prince Harry was interviewed by James Corden on the Late Late Show in America. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured in July 2017, is remaining in hospital because of an infection

Police officers patrol outside King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, London, this morning

Prince Philip in 2013 after leaving hospital after 11 days following an abdomen operation

Police officers stand outside the hospital this morning where Prince Philip is being treated

He tells him of his choice to step away from work as a full-time Royal: 'It was never walking away. It was stepping back rather than stepping down.'

At the time of Philip's admission to hospital, the palace did not disclose the reason, but then said this Tuesday he was being treated for an infection.

Edward, who said he had spoken to his father on the phone, suggested the Duke, who is known for his 'no fuss' attitude, was a little frustrated at remaining in hospital. 

The palace said on Tuesday: 'The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.'

Edward was asked about his father by Sky News' royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, while she was filming a separate interview with him his Bagshot Park home in Surrey.

He replied: '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.' 

Police officers stand at the entrance to King Edward VII Hospital in London this morning

Police officers walk past the entrance to King Edward VII Hospital where Philip was admitted

Asked whether Philip, who turns 100 in June, was frustrated to be in hospital, Edward laughed and replied: 'Just a bit.

'I think that gets to all of us, and then you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.

'We've had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that and so does he, I've been passing them on. It's fantastic, thank you.'

Philip was initially due to spend a few days under medical care for 'observation and rest', but last Friday it emerged he was likely to remain in hospital into this week. 

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