Prince Charles has spoken to Prince Philip ‘several times’ and is ‘thrilled’ his father is home from hospital

Prince Philip reunited with the Queen yesterday after spending a month in hospital

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales gives a speech during a visit to Kellogg College in Oxford to receive the Bynum Tudor Fellowship on March 5, 2020 in Oxford, England.
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Prince Charles has shared how “thrilled” he is that Prince Philip has left hospital after his longest ever stay, revealing he’s spoken to his father “several times”. 

Prince Charles has opened up for the first time since his father Prince Philip left King Edward VII’s Hospital yesterday. The Duke of Edinburgh was first admitted to the hospital on February 16 as a “precautionary measure” after “feeling unwell”. Following this, he was later transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital and is understood to have had a “successful procedure" for a "pre-existing heart condition”.

Prince Philip then returned to King Edward VII’s on March 5 where he recuperated, returning to Windsor Castle yesterday morning. After leaving the hospital after what is believed to be his longest-ever stay, he shared a statement thanking the medical staff who looked after him as well as everyone who had sent “good wishes”. 

Throughout his time in hospital, it’s been suggested that the Queen leaned on her loved ones for support, including her eldest son Prince Charles. He was reportedly her “pillar of strength” during this time and the prince also visited his father in hospital in “exceptional circumstances” during lockdown. 

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Now Prince Charles has spoken about his joy at his father leaving King Edward VII’s and returning to Windsor Castle. Yesterday, he and Duchess Camilla made a public visit to Finsbury Park Mosque’s pop-up vaccination centre. 

According to, when asked during the visit about his father’s return to Windsor Castle, Prince Charles said he was “thrilled” about it, before going on to reveal he’d “spoken to him several times.”

“I’ll be sure he knows you're very pleased he’s out,” he continued. 

A royal source also reportedly told PEOPLE that Prince Philip is “in good spirits” as he reunited with his wife of over seven decades yesterday. While her husband was in hospital, the Queen continued to carry out her royal duties, although she could be seen to send a message to Philip by wearing her sentimental engagement brooch during a recent video call. 

The devoted couple will no doubt have been delighted to see each other after this time apart.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!