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Prince Philip asked Prince Charles to come to his bedside to discuss the future of the Royal Family, the Queen's ex-press secretary has claimed.

Dickie Arbiter said the Duke of Edinburgh would have 'requested' his son's presence at the King Edward VII Hospital in London last weekend.

Mr Arbiter, who served Her Majesty from 1988 to 2000, said Prince Philip was probably worried about the future of the Royal Family.

It comes as Prince Philip spends his 13th day in hospital in his longest-ever stay as his infection treatment continues.

The 99-year-old was admitted to the private London clinic last Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell - but walked into the building unaided.

Buckingham Palace said there were no expected updates on his condition today, but said last Tuesday he was 'comfortable' and 'responding' to medical help.

The Duke of Edinburgh  (pictured with the Queen in 2018), 99, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell - but walked into the building unaided

Buckingham Palace said last Tuesday that Philip was 'comfortable' and 'responding' to medical help. Pictured: Police outside the hospital this morning

The Duke passed his longest hospital stay yesterday as he continues to get treated for the infection for a 13th day. Pictured: The hospital this morning

Mr Arbiter told True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat yesterday: '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 is in with an infection. My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.

'But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ''one day you are going to be the leading man of the family''.'

Prince Charles had driven from his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire to London for a 30-minute talk - before driving away with tears in his eyes.

It is thought the Duke of Cornwall had not seen his father since before Christmas because of Covid restrictions - with Prince Philip staying at Windsor Castle.

Mr Arbiter (pictured), who served Her Majesty from 1988 to 2000, said Prince Philip was probably worried about the future of the Royal Family

Dickie Arbiter said the Duke of Edinburgh would have 'requested' his son's presence at the King Edward VII Hospital in London last weekend (pictured)

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Philip passed his longest hospital stay yesterday as he continues to get treated for the infection for a 13th day.

The Duke previously spent 11 days in hospital in 2013 after an operation on his abdomen.

Photographs from outside the hospital this morning show police officers standing guard.

At the time of Philip's admission to hospital, the Palace did not disclose the reason, but then said this Tuesday he was being treated for an infection.

His son Prince Edward said earlier this week Philip was 'a lot better' but 'looking forward to getting out' with the Royal Family keeping their 'fingers crossed'.

Edward, who said he had spoken to his father on the phone, suggested the Duke, who is known for his 'no fuss' attitude, was a little frustrated at remaining in hospital.

It is now his longest stay in hospital. Pictured is Philip in 2013 after leaving hospital after 11 days following an abdomen operation

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Prince Harry reportedly wrote dad Charles a “deeply personal” letter ahead of his UK homecoming — the only way he could reach him after a “complete communication breakdown.”

Harry — who griped to Oprah Winfrey that his father stopped taking his calls — penned the missive from his California mansion before jetting off to grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, The Mirror said.

He was “forced to write letters” due to a “complete communication breakdown,” a source close to Harry told the UK paper.

The Duke of Sussex previously admitted to Gayle King that an initial call with his father in the aftermath of his explosive Oprah tell-all was “not productive.”

In his letter, Harry reasserted his “his reasons for leaving” life in the UK as a senior royal, while promising to “respect the institution” of the monarchy, sources told The Mirror.

After Philip’s funeral Saturday, Harry did get personal time with his father, meeting him and his brother, Prince William, at Harry’s former UK home, Frogmore Cottage, numerous UK reports said.

Prince Harry admitted to Gayle King that an initial call with his father (left) was “not productive.”PA Images/Sipa USA

They were initially joined by William’s wife, supposed “peacemaker” Kate Middleton, but she left after about two hours so the brothers and their father could thrash out their differences, sources told The Sun.

“Harry obviously felt outnumbered as there are three of them and only one of him so wanted it to be on his home turf,” a source said of the meeting being at Frogmore.

In his letter, Harry reasserted his “his reasons for leaving” life in the UK as a senior royal.Toga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank — who currently live in the cottage — “made themselves scarce” as the group arrived and “hammered things out,” a source told the paper.

As a sign of the mistrust Harry sparked with his TV interview, Charles and William insisted on meeting him together, a source told MailOnLine.

Prince Harry griped to Oprah Winfrey that his father had stopped taking his calls.Richard Pohle/AFP via Getty Images

“It was important to Charles and William that they were both there together. It means nothing spoken about can be misconstrued in the future,” a source told the outlet.

Another source told the outlet that it was just the first in one of many “baby steps” in attempts at reconciliation.

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