The royal biographer said: “The other day when Prince Philip went into hospital, his royal page who was with him for many years died on the day the Duke went in.
“That is sad news for the Duke as well, when members of your staff that have been with you on a daily basis, and he is a lot younger than the Duke, when you hear that it is quite difficult.
“A lot of his friends have passed away, a lot of his staff have passed away.”
Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter added Prince Philip will be eagerly awaiting his chance to leave the hospital and go home.
He said: “Prince Philip doesn’t want to be in hospital and my guess is he will come out fairly soon.
“He doesn’t like a fuss, he always has done and the sooner he gets home the better for him.”
The group of royal commentators also reflected on the significance of Prince Charles coming to visit his father.
More to follow…