Prince Charles’ 200-mile round trip to see his elderly father in hospital may have been to reassure him about Prince Harry and the continuing turmoil caused by Megxit, it emerged today.
The heir-to-the-throne’s surprise visit to Prince Philip’s bedside is likely to have touched on the ‘momentous’ events since he was admitted to the King Edward VII’s hospital in Marylebone on Tuesday.
The Duke of Edinburgh has spent a sixth night in hospital after Prince Charles, 72, was photographed looking emotional after turning up unexpectedly on Saturday.
Royal author Penny Junor said while she did not know the reason for Charles’ visit on Saturday, Harry is likely to have come up.
She said: ‘Momentous things are happening in the family at the moment and I suppose it’s perfectly possible that Charles wanted to go and talk to his father and reassure him about Harry.’
Emotional: Prince Charles, pictured following his visit to the Duke, made a 200-mile round trip to spend half an hour at Philip’s side
The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone last week after feeling unwell and remains there today
Philip, pictured above in 2013, is expected to remain in hospital this week. He was admitted on Tuesday after feeling unwell
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial interview with Oprah Winfey was filmed at their LA mansion (pictured) just hours before the couple issued a parting shot after being stripped of roles and patronages by the Queen, meaning parts may need to be re-shot or edited
The hospital’s website states visitors will ‘only be considered in exceptional circumstances’.
Philip, 99, received no further visits from royal family members on Sunday after his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, attended King Edward VII’s hospital in London on Saturday afternoon.
The duke was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell. He is said to have walked in unaided.
Buckingham Palace said there was no update on the duke’s condition, having previously said he was ‘in good spirits’.
His eldest son Charles made a 200-mile round-trip from his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, on Saturday afternoon.
Charles was the first member of the royal family to visit the duke and it is understood that his visit was due to his father’s extended stay.
There were no further visits to the duke by family members on Sunday, though police and security cars remained in place at the hospital throughout the day.
Sources previously told the PA news agency that Philip was likely to remain in hospital into the coming week for ‘observation and rest’.
Heart-shaped balloons and a letter written by a 10-year-old boy from north London, wishing the duke a quick recovery, were tied to the hospital railings.
Philip, who will turn 100 on June 10, is in hospital for an undisclosed reason although it is not coronavirus-related.
Princess Eugenie introduced her new-born son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank to the world over the weekend.
The Prince of Wales is pictured arriving at King Edward VII’s hospital in London to visit his father the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday
Prince Charles left the hospital shortly before 4pm, half an hour after arriving. He is the first member of the royal family to visit Philip during the duke’s four-night stay in hospital
Eugenie, 30, said on Instagram that he was named in part after Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, whose full name was Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel.
The baby’s name also includes a tribute to the princess’s grandfather Prince Philip, 99, who remained in hospital over the weekend after being admitted for ‘observation and rest’ last Tuesday.
Eugenie shared a photo on Instagram with husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, and their new arrival wrapped in a blue blanket almost two weeks after his birth on February 9.
The post said: ‘Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can’t express.’
Baby August – the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild – will not have a royal title or role
Prince William has been left ‘really sad and genuinely shocked’ by his brother’s behaviour towards the Queen after Harry and Meghan were cast out as working royals.
The Duke of Cambridge is said to be ‘very upset by what has happened’ and feels Harry has been ‘insulting and disrespectful’ to their grandmother.
The relationship between the two brothers was strained before Friday’s announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been stripped of their remaining roles after their 12-month trial separation from royal life and move to the US.
‘Oprah is skilled at getting people to talk about their feelings and bound to take them down a path they’ll almost certainly regret,’ a source said, adding that the royals should ‘hide behind the sofa’ when it goes out on March 7
The couple then issued a sharp rebuke, declaring they would offer ‘continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role’.
They signed off: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’
Sources close to the monarch told The Sunday Times that the riposte was ‘petulant and insulting to the Queen’. A source told the Mail: ‘Their statement in response to the Queen’s heartfelt sentiment that the couple are still much-loved members of her family was considered highly disrespectful.’
The source added: ‘At the end of the day this was all their [Harry and Meghan’s] decision.
‘They asked to explore an ‘alternate way’ but the only alternative is that you are either a public servant or you aren’t. She made her view clear from the start and hasn’t ever deviated from that.
‘People [in the household] would have liked a different outcome. Harry and Meghan clearly could have made a very positive contribution to public life in the UK. But from the start they made clear they were only ever interested in pursuing this quasi-royal role.
‘It seems Harry genuinely thought he could persuade Her Majesty of the merits of that. But she has always been clear on this point – you cannot pursue commercial interests while undertaking public duties. It is untenable.’
Another source suggested that there has been widespread exasperation at the ‘inflammatory’ statement and determination to ‘always have the last word’.
They said the Queen had no choice but to act as the situation ‘wasn’t fair’ on the charities and organisations that rely on royal patronage.
Sources said William, 38, felt under pressure over the potential increased workload following his brother’s decision to step back from royal life. One told the Sunday Times: ‘His future looks different because of his brother’s choices – it’s not easy.’
They added: ‘They had shared everything about their lives – an office, a foundation, meetings together most days – and there was a lot of fun along the way. He’ll miss it for ever.’
Sources stressed to the Mail that relations between the brothers ‘were not good’, adding: ‘He’s genuinely sad his brother won’t be standing shoulder to shoulder with him.’ However, William, the Queen and the Sussexes are all said to be eager to ease tensions.
One obstacle to improved relations may prove to be the ‘tell-all’ TV interview Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, have agreed to do with Oprah Winfrey.
It is thought they pre-recorded it at their home in California at the start of last week. On Friday Miss Winfrey – a friend and neighbour of the couple who attended their wedding in 2018 – was seen boarding her private jet near their £11million home in Montecito.
It remains to be seen whether the couple will carry out any additional interviews with Miss Winfrey in light of Friday’s announcement.
The Queen was reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the interview, which will be shown on March 7.