The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday evening last week as a “precautionary measure”. The insider suggested Her Majesty has dealt with the “stress and sadness” with “dignity”.
Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Philip is “comfortable and responding to treatment” but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.
Speaking to Us Weekly, a source said Queen Elizabeth II is “leaning on her loved ones for support”.
They added: “It’s a lot to take on. But as usual, Elizabeth is handling the stress and sadness with great dignity.
“Prince William, Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice are rallying around Elizabeth, even Princess Eugenie who has just given birth is checking in.”
The insider went on to explain how Prince Charles has especially helped Her Majesty while his father is in hospital.
They said: “Prince Charles, in particular, is making a real effort to step up.
“Elizabeth is the first to admit that he has been her pillar of strength.”
Last weekend, Prince Charles visited his father in hospital.
He spent about 30 minutes at the hospital in London on Saturday afternoon.
READ MORE: Prince Philip into 10th night in hospital suffering with infection
The source told Us Weekly: “It’s been a rough few weeks for the Queen, that’s for sure.
“The situation with Harry and Meghan has been challenging, and on top of that, she’s distraught over her beloved husband’s health setback.”
Another Palace insider alleged to Us Weekly: “The queen has had some tearful moments mixed with anger and disappointment.
“Emotions are definitely running high.”
Prince Philip’s youngest son, Edward, commented on his father’s condition on Tuesday.
Speaking to Sky News, Prince Edward said he had talked to the Duke of Edinburgh over the phone.
He said: “As far as I’m aware, well I did speak to him the other day, so he’s a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing.
“So we keep our fingers crossed.”
Prince Edward admitted his father is “just a bit” frustrated at being in hospital.
He said: “I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting.”