‘Blunt’ Prince Philip ‘will be irritated patient’ after second night in hospital

Prince Philip is unlikely to be an ideal hospital patient to staff treating him at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London, an expert has claimed.

The Duke of Edinburgh can be "quite blunt" an expert has claimed and is not the type of person who enjoys people "fussing over him."

Penny Junor joked on BBC Breakfast that the Queen’s husband could be "quite outspoken" towards medics during his admission for "observation and rest".

He said: "I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.

"This is a man who doesn't want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he's in hospital and getting some fuss made of him will really irritate him."

The 99-year-old was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, February 16 after a "short period of feeling unwell," Buckingham Palace confirmed.

In a statement, the Palace said: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Tuesday evening.

"The duke's admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness's doctor, after feeling unwell. The duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest."

It is understood the decision to admit Prince Philip to hospital was made with an "abundance" of precaution.

The Duke was well enough to walk into the hospital himself after being driven there by aides, it has been reported.

His condition was established as unrelated to Covid, after he and the Queen received their vaccine last month.

On Saturday, January 9, Buckingham Palace announced the 94-year-old head of state and her consort, 99, had been given the coronavirus vaccination.

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The Palace rarely comments on health matters, but it is understood the Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations."

Reports confirmed at the time the injections were administered by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle.

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