Prince Charles in ‘teary’ 30-minute visit with Philip during 200-mile round trip

Prince Charles has shared a "teary" 30-minute hospital visit with his father as part of a 200-mile round trip.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been in hospital since Tuesday evening as a "precautionary measure" after feeling unwell – and apparently walking in unaided.

Charles, wearing a face mask, arrived at King Edward VII's hospital in London at around 3.20pm on Saturday and left around 30 minutes later in a grey Tesla vehicle.

The heir to the throne was seen teary-eyed during the visit according to The Mirror.

A Clarence House spokesman confirmed Prince Charles returned to his Highgrove House home in Gloucestershire following the visit.

It is believed he has not seen his father, who has been staying with the Queen at Windsor Castle, since before Christmas because of nationwide coronavirus restrictions.

Prince Philip, who turns 100 on June 10, is in hospital for an undisclosed reason, although it is not coronavirus-related. The hospital's website states visitors will "only be considered in exceptional circumstances".

Regarding the visit, Buckingham Palace said it had nothing to add to its previous statement on the duke's admittance to hospital.

It came the day after Charles's son the Duke of Sussex and his wife the Duchess of Sussex were stripped of their prestigious patronages, as the couple confirmed Megxit was permanent.

Charles spoke last year of not being able to see his father as coronavirus restrictions persisted. The prince, who spent much of the first lockdown at Birkhall in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, said in June 2020: "Well I haven't seen my father for a long time.

"He's going to be 99 next week, so yes, or my grandchildren or anything. I've been doing the FaceTime, is all very well but. It isn't the same, is it? You really want to give people a hug."

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At Christmas, Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen and Philip spent the holiday period together at Windsor, apart from the rest of the royal family.

In early December, the Queen had a socially-distanced royal reunion with William, Kate, Charles, Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Anne at Windsor at an outdoor Christmas carol concert at the end of the Cambridges' royal train tour.

But there was no sign of Philip at the festive gathering.

Ahead of Christmas, the duke released a rare public message praising teachers and school staff for their efforts in teaching the nation's children during the pandemic.

On Friday, sources said: "Following consultation with his doctor, the Duke of Edinburgh is likely to remain in hospital for observation and rest over the weekend and into next week.

"As we have said previously, the doctor is acting with an abundance of caution. The duke remains in good spirits."

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