Prince Charles ‘thrilled’ Prince Philip has left hospital
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Prince Philip, 99, was discharged from hospital yesterday after a month-long stay and a royal expert has heaped praise on the Queen’s husband. Robert Hardman, an eminent royal author, has commended the Duke’s “tenacious” character, which has seen him carry out his royal duties without question. The commentator notes Philip received a wealth of hostility during his younger years, in a damning attack on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
In a comment piece for MailPlus, Mr Hardman said: “The same tenacious quality which saw him refuse an anonymous ambulance yesterday – he chose to go home in an ordinary car – runs through the entire story of his life.
“We have heard a lot in recent days from two former Windsor residents who found the royal existence a burden so intolerable that they felt impelled to emigrate.
“Yet Prince Philip endured rather more hostility than a spat about who made who cry at a dress fitting.
“‘They were absolutely bloody to him. They patronised him. They treated him as an outsider,’ his friend, Lord Brabourne (married to the duke’s cousin Patricia Mountbatten) revealed many years later.”
Despite this, the royal author commends Philip for continuing to carry out his duty to the Royal Family, which can be interpreted as a sly dig at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
He said: “He got on with his primary duty of supporting his spouse – at state occasions and on royal tours – and, at the same time, threw himself into making a difference.
“In his case, he did it through actions rather than words.”
On Tuesday morning Prince Philip was discharged from hospital after being first admitted to the private King Edward VII’s hospital in Marylebone on February 16.
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The Duke later underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another hospital, the specialist St Bartholomew’s just miles down the road.
As the Duke left hospital on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming his exit.
The statement said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a preexisting condition.
“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both kind Edward VII’s hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
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The Duke is not yet aware of the full extent of the claims made against the Royal Family by Meghan and Harry, an expert has claimed.
Katie Nicholl said the Royal Family are trying their best to shield him from the explosive claims made during the tell-all interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, which aired while he was in hospital.
She told Australian outlet 9Honey: “The family are very keen that he’s not aware of the full extent of the interview.”
She added: “Efforts were made to protect him from the full force of the fallout.”
During the Sussexes’ sit down chat with Oprah, Meghan accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family of racism, by questioning how dark Archie’s skin would be when he was born.
Oprah later clarified the Queen and Prince Philip did not make the comments.
Meghan also claimed she was given little support from the Firm when she was feeling suicidal.
Harry also opened up on the programme, and said he felt “trapped” while he was a senior royal.
He added Prince Charles and Prince William are also “trapped” by the institution.
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