Prince Philip ‘would have told Queen to relax a bit’ after health struggles

Prince Philip would have told the Queen to commit to fewer engagements, a royal expert has claimed, after it emerged the monarch made an overnight hospital stay this week.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said that the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the ripe old age of 99 back in April, would have likely taken a “bit of control” over the worrying situation and advised her to cut down on her duties if he was still around.

Ms Levin suggested the Duke of Edinburgh would have said something like: "Look, stop it, don't go to so many engagements and relax a bit.”

The 95-year-old monarch was taken to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Wednesday afternoon for “preliminary investigations” after experiencing a light non-Covid illness, and as a result she had to cancel a planned trip to Northern Ireland.

The overnight stay was reportedly for practical purposes, rather than being a medical necessity. It is the first time Queen Elizabeth I has stayed overnight in hospital for eight years.

A Palace spokesperson said: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.”

Ms Levin also said the Queen was now facing a “fight between her head and her body” as to how much much she exerts herself as head of state in her old age.

She suggested this struggle might be connected to her strong sense of faith, as the Queen vowed at her Coronation in 1953 that God would help her fulfil her role as the head of state 'until she died.'

Ms Levin offered that going back on this promise would make the Queen feel “very bad”, because of how seriously she takes the religious aspect of her role.

According to a statement from the Palace, the Queen is now in “good spirits” after the health visit and is now recovering at Windsor Castle, where she has been living for most of the last 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Her Majesty is expected to spend the weekend recovering.

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