LONDON (AP) – Prince William said Monday that his grandfather, Prince Philip, is “fine” as the 99-year-old royal consort remains in a London hospital to rest and observe.
William was asked about Philip when he visited a coronavirus vaccination center in eastern England.
“Yeah, okay, they’re watching him,” William said, and winked at him.
Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Private Hospital in London on Tuesday after falling ill. Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II’s husband was expected to remain in the hospital until this week for a period of “observation and rest.”
Philip’s illness is not believed to be related to COVID-19. He and the 94-year-old queen received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in early January.
Philip, who retired from public service in 2017, rarely appears in public. During the current coronavirus lockdown in England, Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has stayed at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen.
Philip married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.