Prince Philip has surgery for heart condition and will remain in hospital

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Prince Philip underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition and will remain in hospital for "a number of days," Buckingham Palace said.

The Duke of Edinburgh underwent a "successful procedure" for a pre-existing heart condition after he was transferred from King Henry VII hospital to St Bartholomew’s on March 1.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the operation took place on Wednesday March 3 and will remain in hospital for further treatment.

His Royal Highness will also be held for "rest and recuperation" for a "number of days," which could see him in hospital as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview airs on ITV.

The Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

"His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days."

On the day of his operation, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles' wife, asked the country to "keep fingers crossed" for Prince Philip.

While visiting a vaccination centre, the 73-year-old said the Duke's condition was "slightly improving" but his hospital treatment "hurt at the moment."

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Prince Philip was first admitted to hospital on February 16 as a "precautionary measure" following a discussion with his doctor.

The 99-year-old was reportedly "feeling unwell" and will remain in hospital for "a few days of observation" and rest.

Following the admission, Buckingham Palace reassured the public that his treatment was not coronavirus related and reiterated the fact the Queen, 94, and Philip had both received their vaccine in January.

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On February 20, 4 days after Philip entered the medical facility, Prince Charles visited his father for around half an hour.

It then transpired the Queen’s husband had an infection, which he received treatment at King Henry VII, before being transferred to another central London hospital

The hospital stay is the longest amount of time Philip has spent in hospital since his stay in 2013 when he had an operation on his abdomen.

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