Prince Charles had a few brief responses to those questions on Dec. 23 when he was visiting communities affected by flooding in South Yorkshire.
“He’s been looked after very well in hospital,” the Prince of Wales said after a reporter asked after the Duke of Edinburgh's health. “At the moment, that’s all we know.”
Charles even managed to joke a bit about his 98-year-old father when a member of the public posed the same question.
“Alright,” he said, and then added, “When you get to that age, things don’t work so well!”
It is hoped that Philip will be discharged from hospital in time to join the Royal Family for Christmas at Sandringham. The Queen arrived there on Dec. 20, the same day he was hospitalized, and Charles and the rest of the clan are due to head to the estate later this week. Her Majesty was joined in Sandringham on Dec. 22 by the Countess of Wessex, who attended church with her that day.
When Philip was hospitalized, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying he was taken there as part of a planned trip and it was not an emergency visit.
“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor,” the statement said.
In the past, Philip has been hospitalized for health concerns such as abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery. In April 2018, he underwent hip replacement surgery and recovered well. It’s not known why he’s been hospitalized this time.