Prince Philip will finally be allowed to spend Christmas with his family after being discharged from hospital earlier today .
The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, spent four nights at the the King Edward VII hospital in London after he was admitted on Friday due to a “pre-existing condition”.
He will now head back to Sandringham to spend Christmas with his wife, Queen Elizabeth.
Observers will have noted that the Queen and other senior royals did not visit him during his stay, due in part to a long-standing protocol.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained that such visits are regarded as disruptive and cause undue stress for patients undergoing treatment.
She also said that this approach shows ‘sensible’ thinking on behalf of the royal family.
She wrote: “After seeing some pretty horrid comments about the Queen being at Sandringham while Philip is in hospital I’d like to TRY to add a little perspective.
“Generally royals don’t visit each other in hospital.
“There are always exceptions but sensible thinking is at the core not a lack of sensitivity.
“Were the Queen to visit him the security requirements alone would be incredibly disruptive.
“Conscious of other patients undergoing treatment they don’t want to cause undue stress for them or their families.
“Not only are they very private when it comes to medical issues they also want to avoid further speculation.
“Philip of all of the royals abhors any kind of fuss and he would want the Queen to continue as normal for the rest of the family – children, grandchildren.”
Although royals have visited each other in hospital before, Victoria stresses that this is “not the norm” and the decision is made with consideration of the public in mind.
She said: “It’s all about the regular members of the public that would be affected.
“That to me suggests an awareness and lack of selfishness as opposed to the ugliness that’s being touted.
“Every royal decision is made because it’s ‘sensible’. Nothing more nothing less.
“Philip is pretty set in his ways and the Queen above anyone will be keen to respect his wishes. I hope royal watching proves to be a little less contentious on 2020.
“They’re not horrible people but rather a family whose every move is analyzed and criticized.
“Perhaps a little empathy would be nicer than throwing stones…especially at Christmastime.”