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The Duke of EdinburghThe Wessexes

Prince Edward provides an update on Prince Philip saying he feels “a lot better”

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The Earl of Wessex has provided an update on his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, as the 99-year-old Prince marks one full week in hospital.

Speaking to Sky News, Prince Edward said that the Duke is feeling “a lot better” and that looks forward to getting out of hospital.

The Earl said: “I spoke to him the other day – he is a lot better and is looking forward to getting out which is the most important thing.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Sky’s Royal Correspondent Rhiannon Mills asked Edward whether there was perhaps a sense of frustration at being in hospital.

In response, Edward said: “Just a bit – I think that gets to all of us.

“You can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.”

The Earl also thanked people for their warm messages, saying: “We have had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that.

“I’ll be passing the messages on – it is fantastic to see – thank you.”

On Tuesday, shortly after Prince Edward spoke to Sky News, Buckingham Palace has revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for an infection. 

Royal officials confirmed that Prince Philip is responding to the treatment and is ”comfortable”. The cause of the infection hasn’t been revealed.

The Palace said that the Duke will remain at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London for at least the next few days.

Prince Philip was admitted to hospital a week ago after feeling unwell in what was at the time being described as a “precautionary measure”.