Buckingham Palace has confirmed that 98-year-old Prince Phillip has been admitted to hospital over a ‘pre-existing’ condition.
The husband of the monarch was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation from the royal estate in Norfolk this morning.
“The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition,” a statement released on Friday read.
“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of his Royal Highness’ doctor.”
The palace has been quick to clarify the admission was not an emergency one.
The news comes just days after Phillip and the extended family attended the traditional intimate Christmas gathering at Buckingham Palace.
Now Phillip is being treated in the London hospital while the Queen travelled up to Norfolk today, according to The Sun.
The Queen and family will spend Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk as per tradition.
One reporter from British channel ITV tweeted that the Duke of Edinburgh ‘walked’ into hospital, relieving conserved fans of the monarch’s husband who were concerned over the news.
The news comes days before Christmas and is just another blow in what has been a famously difficult year for the royals.
A scandal-riddled year for the royals
Just yesterday a petition to strip Harry and Meghan of their Sussex title was debated by a local council.
The news came on the back of a tumultuous year for the Royal family, which saw Prince Andrew stood down from royal duties after his attempt to address allegations of sexual assault and his friendship with convicted paedophile Jefferey Epstein backfired.
Harry and Meghan were also heavily criticised in the press over their controversial pursuit of privacy and later hit back with a copyright suit again The Mail on Sunday.
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