Queen heartbreak as ‘true toll’ of losing Prince Philip ‘will not be known for some time’

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The Queen has had a difficult last year having lost her beloved husband Philip in April.  Philip died peacefully by her side at Windsor Castle just a couple of months before his 100th birthday. Her Majesty has also had to deal with the fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Philip had spent much of the early parts of this year at Windsor Castle, with three separate visits to hospital breaking up his stay.

The Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers told the Pod Save the Queen podcast, which is hosted by Ann Gripper, in March: “If he had been stuck out in Sandringham, and hadn’t seen the Queen for so long, there may have been a different feeling.

“Lots of people had seen him over the last year. The Queen, I don’t think, will really find the true toll on her and the rest of the family for quite some time. 

“Not only has the Queen lost her husband of 73 years, she’s spent an awful lot of time with him over the past 12 or 13 months.”

 

Mr Myers added the monarch and her husband would regularly go up to six weeks without seeing each other.

Senior royals, including Her Majesty, returned to duties within days of his tragic death.

The Queen entered an eight day mourning period after his passing on April 9.

She was expected to step back from all duties during this period, but joined an official engagement on April 13 to commemorate the retirement of Lord Chamberlain.

In stark contrast to Queen Victoria after Prince Albert’s death, the Queen appears to be privately mourning but ultimately continuing to fulfil her duties as monarch.

Victoria, meanwhile, retreated from the public eye well beyond the traditional two-year mourning period, and never seemed to recover from losing the love of her life.

Mr Myers offered an opinion on Her Majesty’s upbeat approach on a separate episode of Pod Save the Queen.

He said: “Of course she’s still mourning, but her and Philip and had a ‘long-held promise’ that whoever would go first, or be left behind rather, would mourn the other one — but not for too long, and would get on with the business of running the family, running the monarchy, the country, and doing the role.”

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“And Philip knew how important that was to the Queen and if the Queen had unfortunately passed before him, you probably wouldn’t have seen Philip retire.”

The Queen was officially welcome to Balmoral last week for her annual summer holiday.

Her trip to the private Scottish retreat is her first without Philip by her side, and her first trip away since his death.

A Palace source told The Sun that Her Majesty was “tired and grieving” and “could not wait” to get away.

The first few days of their trip north of the border would often be spent in a hidden lodge near Balmoral, where the couple could be like an “ordinary married couple”.

She traditionally spends the summer months in the Scottish Highlands where she is joined by other members of the Firm.

Prince Andrew was pictured arriving for showdown talks last week with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and baby August arrived the following day.

Other members of the Royal Family, including Prince William, Kate and their children are expected to join in the coming days and weeks.

Prince Charles and Camilla will also spend part of their summer at Birkhall, a historic home on the Balmoral estate.

The Prince of Wales and his wife also chose to isolate in the remote residence during the first UK coronavirus lockdown.

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