Royal Family made sure Philip unaware of ‘extent’ of Meghan and Harry’s Oprah chat

Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII Hospital in London

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The Duke of Edinburgh returned to Windsor Castle on Tuesday after a month-long stay in hospital. Prince Philip was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in central London on February 16 after feeling unwell.

He later underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London.

During his time in hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with US chat show legend Oprah Winfrey was broadcast in America and the UK.

The highly anticipated programme was watched by a peak audience of 12.4 million viewers in the UK according to ITV.

But royal commentator Katie Nicholl explained that the Palace are trying to protect Philip from the allegations made by Meghan and Harry.

She told Australia’s 9Honey: “The family are very keen that he’s not aware of the full extent of the interview.”

The royal expert added that media coverage makes it “impossible for him to completely avoid it” but “efforts were made to protect him from the full force of the fallout”.

In response to the explosive claims made by Meghan and Harry during the Oprah interview, Buckingham Palace said the Royal Family is “saddened”.

The Palace statement read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Last week, Prince William became the first royal to publicly address Meghan and Harry’s interview.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on a visit to a school in Stratford, east London, when William made the comments.

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When asked by a reporter whether the Royal family were racist, the Duke said: “We are very much not a racist family.”

Prince Philip was seen leaving the King Edward VII’s hospital at around 10.30am on Tuesday in a BMW.

Ms Nicholl explained the family are “relieved” the Duke has returned home after his month-long stay.

She said: “It was a great relief to see him leave in a car, not an ambulance.

“But he did look very, very frail in the backseat and I know the family are relieved he’s home but also deeply concerned about his health.”

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