Prince Philip latest – Queen 'personally takes charge' of Meghan and Harry crisis with Duke still recovering in hospital

PRINCE Philip remains in hospital, where he has been since February 16, as the Queen "personally takes charge" of the Meghan and Harry fall-out.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, has spent his longest stint to date in hospital following an infection and subsequent heart surgery earlier this month.

His presence will be especially missed by the Queen as she attempts to ease the furore caused by Meghan and Harry's sensational claims about the Royal Family, which aired in the UK on Monday and in the US on Sunday.

Buckingham Palace last night finally broken its silence over the interview that saw Meghan Markle break down in tears as she and Prince Harry revealed the pressures they had faced within the Royal Family.

A statement released on behalf of the Queen said: "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."

Follow our Prince Philip live blog below for the very latest updates on his health..

  • Joseph Gamp

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    PRINCE PHILIP HAS BEEN PATRON OF MORE THAN 800 ORGANISATIONS

    Prince Philip has been a patron of more than 800 organisations, serving as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

    Some organisations he has served as patron for include:

    WWF
    Britain-Australia Society
    A Nature Trust
    Abbotsford Flying Club
    Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
    BirdLife Australia
    Book Aid International
    Centre for Maritime Studies – Lisbon
    Charities Aid Foundation
    Formula Air Racing Association
    Ham Polo Club
    Hull Kung Fu
    London Metropolitan University
    London Rowing Club
    National Maritime Museum
    Radio Society of Great Britain

    WHERE IS PRINCE PHILIP BEING TREATED?

    Prince Philip was yesterday transferred to a different hospital while he battles an infection and pre-existing heart condition.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was taken to the King Edward VII hospital almost two weeks ago as a “precautionary measure”.

    Buckingham Palace said he has been moved to London’s St Bartholomew’s hospital until at least the end of the week.

    • Joseph Gamp

      DUKE OF EDINBURGH SPENDS 23RD DAY IN HOSPITAL

      Prince Philip has today entered his 23rd consecutive day in hospital.

      The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

      He had a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at London’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday March 3 which was deemed a "success".

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEG CALLED THE QUEEN TO ‘CHECK IN’ ON PHILIP

      During the highly anticipated Oprah interview, Meghan and Harry discussed the Duke of Edinburgh’s current medical condition.

      “This morning, I woke up earlier than H, and saw a note from someone on our team in the UK saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to the hospital. 

      “But I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen just to check in.”

      Harry then spoke in admiration of his wife’s “authenticity” that prompted her compassionate action.

      “For so many in my family, what they do is there’s a level of control in that because they’re fearful of what the papers are going to say about them,” he said. “Whereas with us it was just like, just be yourself. Just be genuine. Just be authentic. If you get it wrong, get it wrong, if you get it right, you get it right.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      TIMELINE OF PHILIP’S STAY IN HOSPITAL

      • Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.
      • Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for “observation and rest” over the weekend and into the next week.
      • Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.
      • Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is “comfortable and responding to treatment”, but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days. The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a “lot better” and looking forward to getting out.
      • Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says. The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital.
      • Thursday March 4 – Buckingham Palace confirms Philip has undergone a ‘successful’ heart operation and will remain in hospital for a ‘number of days’
      • Friday March 5 – After his successful heart operation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital to recover this morning

      WHAT QUEEN’S ‘OLIVE BRANCH’ STATEMENT REALLY MEANT

      The Queen has sent an ‘olive branch’ to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a statement released by Buckingham Palace today over their interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to royal experts.

      The sign off of the response, where the Queen says that the Sussexes are “loved” signals a desire to make amends, but out of the spotlight, Royal author Phil Dampier told the Sun.

      “I’m sure the Queen is desperate to heal the wounds and deal with this in private,” he added.

      “These are real people in her family and while we all have a view there is real pain and anguish with father against son and brother against brother. Above all she wants to keep the identity of the senior royal who made the alleged remark about Archie’s skin colour a secret.

      “She knows that if it comes out that person will never be allowed to forget it, rightly or wrongly. By saying Harry and Meghan re lucky loved family members she is throwing out an olive branch and pleading with them not to say anymore and to calm down and start to build bridges.”

      PHILIP KNOWS CHARLES IS THE MAN FOR THIS CRISIS

      Prince Philip knows that Charles is the right man to carry the Palace through the Meghan and Harry crisis, Ingrid Seward writes.

      In a column for the Sun on Sunday, the royal expert says that the father and son’s relationship “has changed” for the better in recent years.

      Referencing Charles’ visit to his father in hospital, she writes: “It would have been a very important meeting. Father to son — and son to his elderly father.

      “There would have been no unnecessary words, because Philip hates emotion.”

      She adds: “He knows Charles is the right man to carry the country through hard times because he cares so much — too much sometimes — but it is an admirable asset for a sensitive, modern King.”

      PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNNIEST EVER MOMENTS

      PRINCE Philip has accompanied the Queen around the world multiple times in the 70 years they have been married.

      He has undertaken solo Royal duties and been the Queen’s companion as she tours the UK and the globe – while making the public chuckle, cry with laughter and occasionally cringe at his off-the-cuff comments.

      Here we have compiled a list of 17 times the Duke of Edinburgh made us laugh and wince.

      Read on for the full list.

      • Alice Fuller

        23RD DAY IN HOSPITAL

        Today was Prince Philip's 23rd day in hospital.

        The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, remains at King Edward VII's Hospital in London, where he was moved back to on Friday.

        He had a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at London's St Bartholomew's Hospital on Wednesday.

      • Hana Carter

        EXPLAINED: PRINCE PHILIP’S BACKGROUND

        Prince Philip has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years.

        His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, while his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

        Credit: AP:Associated Press

        Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child.

        Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II.

        A keen sports’ fan, he has been involved in a number of events including developing the equestrian event of carriage driving.

      • Hana Carter

        WHAT ROLES HAS PRINCE PHILIP HELD?

        Prince Philip has been a patron of more than 800 organisations, serving as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

        Some organisations he has served as patron for include:

        WWF
        Britain-Australia Society
        A Nature Trust
        Abbotsford Flying Club
        Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
        BirdLife Australia
        Book Aid International
        Centre for Maritime Studies – Lisbon
        Charities Aid Foundation
        Formula Air Racing Association
        Ham Polo Club
        Hull Kung Fu
        London Metropolitan University
        London Rowing Club
        National Maritime Museum
        Radio Society of Great Britain

      • Hana Carter

        WHAT HAS PRINCE PHILIP PREVIOUSLY BEEN IN HOSPITAL FOR?

        This is not the first time the royal has spent time in hospital, having been admitted for a “precautionary measure” in December 2019.

        Prince Philip also underwent a hip replacement operation back in April 2018 – five years after having exploratory surgery on his abdomen.

        But the Duke of Edinburgh has been plagued by bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery among other ailments.

        He was also taken to hospital following a car crash in January 2019 – but this was only a precaution after walking away unscathed.

      • Hana Carter

        EUGENIE SPEAKS ABOUT ‘PRECIOUS RELATIONSHIPS’ IN NEW CLIP

        Princess Eugenie spoke about her “precious relationships” with her family on CNBC during the weekend.

        Speaking about baby August, the presenter asked Eugenie: “And what kind of world do you want your child to grow up in, how do you want to inspire the next generation?”

        Eugenie replied: “I think my child hopefully will be one of those people who will continue to see the world as a place that can be changed.

        “I would love people to continue to have hope that we can make a difference.”

      • Hana Carter

        EXPLAINED: WHO WERE PRINCE PHILIP’S PARENTS?

        Prince Philip was born on June, 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg on the Greek island of Corfu.

        He was the youngest child of the couple and was their only son. 

        Philip had four older sisters, Princess Margarita, Princess Theodora, Princess Cecilie, and Princess Sophie, who have all passed away.

        He became the only remaining sibling after youngest sister Princess Sophie died in 2001.

      • Hana Carter
      • Joseph Gamp

        MEGHAN AND HARRY’S INTERVIEW IS DAMAGING BUT MONARCHY CAN SURVIVE, SAY EXPERTS

        The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s revelations in their interview with Oprah Winfrey are “damning” and “damaging” to the monarchy, but the institution will ultimately be strong enough to withstand the controversy, royal experts have predicted.

        Harry and Meghan’s comments during the two-hour sit-down have “lobbed a hand grenade into the family home” and represent a “very serious attack” on the institution, royal author Penny Junor said.

        She said it was “absolutely fine” that Harry and Meghan had wanted to “walk away” from royal life, but questioned: “Why destroy the reputation of the family in the course of that?”

        Ms Junor told the PA news agency: “I do not know why they’ve done this. This is Harry’s family, his flesh and blood, and this seems to have lobbed a hand grenade into the family home.

        “I worry that there will be no coming back from that.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        QUEEN’S SPECIAL BROADCAST TO COMMONWEALTH RAN HOURS BEFORE MEGHAN'S OPRAH INTERVIEW ON CBS

        The Queen addressed the Commonwealth in a special TV broadcast on Sunday, March 7.

        It’s not known how long the Duke of Edinburgh will remain in hospital for, but the Monarch is still scheduled to share her annual message this weekend.

        She made a rare televised address to mark Commonwealth Day, as the usual church service has been cancelled due to Covid.

        It aired on BBC One just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey was broadcast in the US.

        The Queen’s message was pre-recorded at Windsor Castle then broadcast as part of BBC programme A Celebration for Commonwealth Day.

      • Joseph Gamp

        MEG CALLED THE QUEEN TO ‘CHECK IN’ ON PHILIP

        During the highly anticipated Oprah interview, Meghan and Harry discussed the Duke of Edinburgh’s current medical condition.

        “This morning, I woke up earlier than H, and saw a note from someone on our team in the UK saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to the hospital. 

        “But I just picked up the phone and I called the Queen just to check in.”

        Harry then spoke in admiration of his wife’s “authenticity” that prompted her compassionate action.

        “For so many in my family, what they do is there’s a level of control in that because they’re fearful of what the papers are going to say about them,” he said. “Whereas with us it was just like, just be yourself. Just be genuine. Just be authentic. If you get it wrong, get it wrong, if you get it right, you get it right.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        BUCKINGHAM PALACE HIRING A ‘DIGITAL LEARNING ADVISOR’

        A job ad to recruit a ‘Digital Learning Advisor’ has been placed by the Royal Household’s Privy Purse and Treasurer’s Office.

        It says “Proficient at using e-learning authoring tools (e.g. Adapt, Articulate), and familiar with some other standard industry tools, you can design and build creative and engaging learning content and materials involving e-learning, video, graphics and animation.

        “With an understanding of online learning best practice, you’ll apply your knowledge to deliver an exceptional experience for all learners.”

        The job is based at Buckingham Palace and the starting salary is £30,000 per annum, plus perks and benefits, for 37.5 hours a week.

      • Joseph Gamp

        TIMELINE OF PHILIP’S STAY IN HOSPITAL

        • Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.
        • Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for “observation and rest” over the weekend and into the next week.
        • Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.
        • Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is “comfortable and responding to treatment”, but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days. The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a “lot better” and looking forward to getting out.
        • Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says. The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital.
        • Thursday March 4 – Buckingham Palace confirms Philip has undergone a ‘successful’ heart operation and will remain in hospital for a ‘number of days’
        • Friday March 5 –– After his successful heart operation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital to recover
        • Wednesday March 10 –– Prince Philip spends his 23rd consecutive day in hospital and is recovering following surgery
        • Joseph Gamp

          WATCH: TODAY HOST ALLISON LANGDON CLAIMS PRINCE PHILIP IS IN PRISON IN TV BLUNDER

          Today host Allison Langdon claims Prince Philip is in PRISON in TV blunder

        • Joseph Gamp

          EXPLAINED: WHY ISN’T PRINCE PHILIP KING?

          The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

          The law relating to succession doesn’t relate to bloodline – only gender.

          The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

          Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

        • Joseph Gamp

          PHILIP KNOWS CHARLES IS THE MAN FOR THIS CRISIS

          Prince Philip knows that Charles is the right man to carry the Palace through the Meghan and Harry crisis, Ingrid Seward writes.

          In a column for the Sun on Sunday, the royal expert says that the father and son’s relationship “has changed” for the better in recent years.

          Referencing Charles’ visit to his father in hospital, she writes: “It would have been a very important meeting. Father to son — and son to his elderly father.

          “There would have been no unnecessary words, because Philip hates emotion.”

          She adds: “He knows Charles is the right man to carry the country through hard times because he cares so much — too much sometimes — but it is an admirable asset for a sensitive, modern King.”

        • Joseph Gamp

          MEGHAN’S PAL ‘CLAIMS ROYAL ARE USING DUKE’S ILLNESS TO MUZZLE HER’

          Meghan Markle’s friend previously said the Royal Family are using Prince Philip’s illness as an excuse to “muzzle” her.

          Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry‘s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the UK and US as Philip continues to recover in hospital from a heart operation.

          A Hollywood insider who is reportedly close to the Sussexes told the Daily Mail that Meghan said she wouldn't push back the interview.

          The source told the Mail: “Even if Meghan had the choice to postpone the Oprah special she said she wouldn’t because it has absolutely nothing to do with Prince Philip and that this is just an excuse by the palace to keep her muzzled.

          “Prince Harry has no say on the matter. What’s done is done. Meghan said now the whole world can see what she had to endure for months on end. No support whatsoever and now even across the pond, still no loyalty or support.”

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