Prince Charles has visited his father the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital.

The Prince of Wales made the 200-mile spherical journey between his residence in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, and King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Saturday afternoon.

He wore a face masks as he arrived in a gray Tesla automobile at 3.20pm and left round half an hour later.

Charles is is the primary member of the royal household to go to Philip throughout his four-night keep.

Philip, who turns 100 on 10 June, was admitted on Tuesday night as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.

The duke walked unaided into the medical centre and Buckingham Palace has not disclosed the explanation for his keep, though it’s not coronavirus-related.

The hospital’s web site says visits are solely allowed in “distinctive circumstances” due to the coronavirus pandemic however the laws in drive in England allow somebody to depart their residence to go to a detailed member of the family in hospital. A Clarence Home spokesman confirmed Charles returned to Highgrove following his go to. Buckingham Palace mentioned it had nothing so as to add to its earlier assertion on the duke’s admittance to hospital.

Charles is known to have wished to see his father after it was introduced the Duke of Edinburgh was prone to stay in hospital for “statement and relaxation” into subsequent week.

He spoke final yr of not with the ability to see his father or his grandchildren, including: “I’ve been doing the FaceTime, is all very effectively however… It isn’t the identical, is it? You actually wish to give folks a hug.”

Royal creator Penny Junor advised PA information company she didn’t know the explanation for the go to however speculated it could have had one thing to do with Harry and Meghan’s determination to not return as working royals.

She mentioned: “Momentous issues are taking place within the household in the meanwhile and I suppose it’s completely doable that Charles wished to go and speak to his father and reassure him about Harry.” Ms Junor additionally steered that Philip would have regarded a “fuss”, including: “We do all know he doesn’t like fuss.”

Royal sources advised PA: “Following session along with his physician, the Duke of Edinburgh is prone to stay in hospital for statement and relaxation over the weekend and into subsequent week. As we now have mentioned beforehand the physician is appearing with an abundance of warning. The duke stays in good spirits.”

Outdoors the hospital Twanna Saleh, 10, from Camden, north London, wished the duke a “fast restoration” with a home-made signal.

Twanna mentioned: “Once I was little I used to have chemotherapy for 5 years and I felt unhappy for Philip so I wrote this letter so he can really feel higher. My sister helped me to attract the guts and the flower.”

Philip, who stepped down from official engagements in August 2017, spent 4 nights on the identical hospital on the finish of 2019 whereas being handled for a pre-existing situation.

Each he and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, obtained their first doses of a coronavirus vaccine in early January.

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