The Prince of Wales has traveled hundreds of kilometers to visit his father due to the 99-year-old’s extended hospital stay.
Charles made the 200 mile round trip from his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire on Saturday afternoon to see the Duke of Edinburgh spending a fifth night at King Edward VII’s hospital in London.
He is the first member of the royal family to visit Philip, who was admitted as a precaution on Tuesday night after feeling uncomfortable.
The Duke is said to have gone to the medical center without help.
Charles arrived at the hospital in a gray Tesla car around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday and got out of the vehicle wearing a face mask before departing about 30 minutes later.
A Clarence House spokesman confirmed that he had returned to Highgrove after his visit.
It is believed that Charles wanted to see Philip given his extended stay in the hospital.
It is believed that Charles had not seen his father since before Christmas due to statewide coronavirus restrictions and the Duke stayed at Windsor Castle.
The visit came the day after Charles’ son, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Duchess of Sussex, were stripped of their prestigious patronage when the couple confirmed Megxit was permanent.
The Duke, who will turn 100 on June 10, is in hospital for an unknown reason despite the fact that it is not a coronavirus.
The hospital’s website states that visitors “will only be considered in exceptional cases”.
Regarding the visit, Buckingham Palace said it had nothing to add to its previous testimony about the Duke’s hospitalization.
Philip is known for his uncomplicated demeanor.
Royal writer Penny Junor told PA, “We all know he doesn’t like excitement and he would consider a visit to be excitement.”
She said she didn’t know the reason for the visit, but added, “There are significant things going on in the family right now and I suppose it’s entirely possible that Charles wanted to speak to his father and reassure him about Harry.”
Charles talked about not being able to see his father last year because coronavirus restrictions remained in place.
The prince, who had spent much of the first lock at Birkhall, Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, said in June 2020: “Well, I haven’t seen my father in a long time.
“He’ll be 99 next week, so yeah, or my grandchildren or something. I’ve done FaceTime, it’s all very good, but …
“It’s not the same, is it? You really want to hug people.”
At Christmas, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen and Philip had spent the holidays in Windsor together, apart from the rest of the royal family.
In early December, the Queen had a socially distant royal reunion with William, Kate, Charles, Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Anne in Windsor at an outdoor Christmas carol concert at the end of the Cambridge royal train tour.
But there was no sign of Philip at the festive gathering.
Before Christmas, the Duke released a rare public message commending teachers and school staff for their efforts to educate the country’s children during the pandemic.
PA news agency sources said on Friday: “After consulting his doctor, the Duke of Edinburgh will likely stay in the hospital for observation and rest over the weekend and into next week.
“As we have already said, the doctor acts with great caution. The Duke remains in good spirits. “
On Saturday afternoon, 10-year-old Twanna Saleh from Camden in north London wished the Duke a “speedy recovery” in front of the hospital with a self-made sign.
Twanna said, “When I was little, I had chemotherapy for five years and I was sad about Philip, so I wrote this letter so he could feel better.
“My sister helped me draw the heart and the flower.”