Prince Philip had an emotional heart-to-heart with his son, Prince Charles, from his hospital bed, giving the heir to the throne three heartbreaking final instructions, it has been reported.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles have had a rocky relationship, but had become closer throughout the pandemic, often speaking on the phone.

Charles even came to Philip’s bedside at the King Edward VII hospital in London before he was transferred to St Bartholomew's for heart surgery.

At the time, Charles said his father was in good spirits and had been doing better but despite the successful procedure, Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle aged 99 on Friday (April 9).

Prince Philip and Prince Charles
Charles came to Philip’s bedside at the King Edward VII hospital in London

Royal commentator Robert Jobson claims Charles and Philip also had a "full and frank" conversation at his hospital bedside, with the Duke of Edinburgh said to have given his son three final instructions.

Prince Philip is understood to have expressed his wish to "die in his own bed" and return home to Windsor.

He also reportedly gave him advice on how to look after the Queen, as well as how to lead the Royal Family through the years ahead.

Prince Philip and Prince Charles
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle aged 99 on Friday April 9

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Writing for the Daily Mail, Mr Jobson described an "emotional bedside conversation" as Philip became "aware he was unlikely to recover after weeks in hospital".

A source said: "The Duke was doing everything he could to get out of hospital but he summoned his son to have a discussion that was both full and frank, yet heartfelt – and, truth be told, neither of them were sure it would not be their last meeting."

Prince Charles was not at his dad’s side when he died, unlike the Queen who was reportedly with Philip during his final moments.

He did rush to Windsor however, to console his mother along with his two other brothers, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

The 72-year-old then gave an emotional tribute to his “dear Papa”, calling him a “very special person” who would have been taken aback by the grief of the British public.

Charles said: “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.”