The Duke of Edinburgh is responding to medical treatment for an infection, but he should not be released from the hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace announced. Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London, last Tuesday for “rest and observation” for a few days after feeling ill. Although it was not an emergency admission and he entered without assistance, his stay was extended over the weekend. In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII Hospital, where he is receiving medical attention because of an infection. He is comfortable and responding to treatment, but should not leave the hospital for several days. ” Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex revealed that the royal family is keeping “fingers crossed” but that his father is “much better” after seven nights in the hospital. Prince Edward, the duke’s youngest son, told Sky News that he spoke to his father on the phone. Asked how he was doing, he said: “As far as I know, I spoke to them the other day, so he is much better, thank you very much, and he is looking forward to leaving, which is the most positive thing. So we crossed our fingers.” Prince of Wales made a 200-mile trip to visit his father on Saturday, spending half an hour beside his bed. He reportedly informed the Duke of the latest developments concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Observers described him as somber as he climbed into his car for the two-hour return trip to Highgrove, Gloucestershire. On Monday, the Duke of Cambridge said his grandfather was “OK”, adding, “They are keeping an eye on him.” Philip is now on the eighth day at the private hospital. The 99-year-old man was initially supposed to spend a few days under medical care for “observation and rest” for an undisclosed reason, which is not related to the coronavirus. But on Friday, sources said the duke, who turns 100 in June, is likely to remain in hospital this week. The members of the royal family have continued their duties since he was taken to the hospital. The morning after Philip’s hospitalization, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who received their vaccines from Covid, visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to learn about vaccination tests. Last Thursday, the Queen held her first official face-to-face event of the year, making one of her senior advisers a Knight Commander of the Victorian Royal Order in a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Philip has spent the last confinement with the Queen in Windsor and, in January, the two received vaccines from Covid. The duke had his last hospitalization in December 2019, when he was treated for a “pre-existing condition” and was discharged on Christmas Eve, after four nights.