Prince Philip leaves hospital after treatment

London Prince Philip left a London hospital on Tuesday after a four-week stay for treatment for an infection and to have a heart procedure.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to the King Edward VII’s Hospital on February 16 after he felt unwell to receive treatment for an unspecified, but not COVID-19-related, infection.

Prince Philip has left London’s King Edward VII hospital on Tuesday.Credit:AP

The 99-year-old was transferred briefly to another London hospital at the start of this month where he underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

A Reuters witness said the duke left the King Edward hospital on Tuesday morning. There was no immediate comment from Buckingham Palace.

Since being admitted, the duke has been publicly visited only by his son and the Queen’s heir Prince Charles. The queen, 94, has remained at Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple have been staying during the coronavirus pandemic, and has continued to carry out her official duties by video.

During his hospital stay, however, the royal family has found itself embroiled in its biggest crisis for more than two decades after the Oprah Winfrey interview given by his and Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

During the interview, Meghan said a member of the royal family had made a racist comment while Harry criticised his relatives for failing to stand up to what he regarded as abusive press treatment of his wife.

A few days after the televised interview, American talkshow host Oprah Winfrey said Harry wanted it known that the Queen and Prince Philip were not who Meghan was referring to during their tell-all interview, aired in Australia on Monday.

Harry also said his father, Charles, had let him down and that he had felt trapped in his royal life.

The outpouring led Buckingham Palace to issue a statement on the Queen’s behalf saying she was saddened by what they had said, while Harry’s elder brother William told reporters: “We’re very much not a racist family”.

Philip, who retired from royal duties in 2017, rarely appears in public. During England’s current coronavirus lockdown, Philip has been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the Queen.

Philip married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights in the hospital and he was hospitalised for 10 days in 2018 for a hip replacement.

Philip was last hospitalised in December 2019, spending four nights in the King Edward VII’s Hospital for what the palace said was planned treatment of a pre-existing condition.


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