Prince Philip asked Prince Charles to visit him to discuss the future of the royal family, according to an insider.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been in King Edward VII’s hospital in London for over a week when he recovered from an infection and was visited by his son, the Prince of Wales, last weekend.
According to Queen Elizabeth’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, the 99-year-old king asked his son to pay a visit to discuss the family’s future.
In an interview on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Dickie said, “I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited.
“To lay the ground. Look, the man is 99, he has an infection.
“I suppose he’s going to come out, he’s going to go out and go back to Windsor.
“But at some point he will die and he just said to Charles, ‘One day you will be the leading man in the family.'”
It was confirmed last week that Prince Philip would stay in the hospital for “several days” while he continued to recover.
A Buckingham Palace statement said: “The Duke of Edinburgh is staying in King Edward VII’s hospital receiving medical attention for an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment, but is not expected to he’s leaving the hospital for several days. “
His son Prince Edward announced that the Duke of Edinburgh is “looking forward” to getting out of the hospital soon but is “a little” frustrated with staying.
The Earl of Wessex said, “As far as I know I spoke to them the other day, so he’s a lot better, thank you, and he’s looking forward to coming out on which is the most positive … Just a little [frustrated]. I think that concerns us all, and then you can only look at the clock that often and the walls are only that interesting. We have had some brilliant and lovely messages from all kinds of people and we really appreciate that, and so has he, I passed it on. It’s awesome, thank you. “