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The Queen can’t visit Prince Philip in hospital due to Covid pandemic

Given the fact that Queen Elizabeth II has been married to her husband Prince Philip for 73 years, many of the royal family's hardcore fanbase have been left wondering why she hasn't opted to visit her husband as he enters his third week in hospital.

Prince Philip was initially admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell, and has since been moved to St Bartholomew's hospital in central London for some tests on a pre-existing heart condition.

This is currently the Duke of Edinburgh's longest stint in hospital, though the Palace have already quashed fears for the Duke's health, stressing that his admission was a non-emergency matter and that his illness is in no way related to Covid-19.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

"The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week."

Currently, eldest son Prince Charles is the only member of the royal family to pay Philip a visit. Charles arrived at King Edward VII Hospital on February 20 after making the trip from Gloucestershire.

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BBC Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell responded to the news that Prince Philip was being transferred to St Bartholomew's hospital for further checks on his heart as "not the reassuring news people were hoping for."

Prince Philip is reportedly notorious for hating people making a fuss over him, so may be against the idea of his wife visiting as it will inevitably draw more attention to his situation.

After the Duke's initial admission to hospital last month royal biographer and expert Penny Junor said: "I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.

"This is a man who doesn’t want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he’s in hospital and getting some fuss made of him will really irritate him."

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Another potential reason behind the Queen's decision to steer clear of her husband in hospital might be due to her risk status in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ITV's Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson speculated as to why the Queen had not visited Philip in hospital during the show's latest episode.

When discussing Prince Charles' visit, Mr Ship stated: "There have been no other visitors since and I suppose that's not unusual."

This is not the first time the Queen has opted against visiting Philip while he receives hospital treatment, as the royal expert explained: "We've been outside the hospital before, the Queen didn't come during the hip operation.

"She didn't come when he was last in the hospital."

Philip's most recent period in hospital before this year was just before Christmas in 2019 when he received treatment for a pre-existing health condition.

Though she hasn't been able to see him in person, the Queen did make a heartfelt gesture for her ill husband when she wore a silver brooch from their engagement in her latest public appearance, one she first wore 74 years ago.

A royal source said the public could probably expect an update on Philip's condition sometime this week.

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