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Prince Philip latest news – Duke of Edinburgh begins third week in hospital as Meghan and Harry drop bombshell interview

PRINCE Philip is entering his third week in hospital as Meghan Markle and Harry's explosive Oprah interview went live.

Monday will see the Duke of Edinburgh spend his 21st day in a London hospital today following his 'successful' heart operation.

He is recovering at King Edward VII hospital - while The Queen's mind is "only on duty and Philip", and she is said to be ignoring the media storm around the Duke and Duchess' candid interview.

Tory MP Andrew Rosendell said that the couple should wait until the Iron Duke's condition had improved before continuing their "publicity drive".

A Hollywood insider who is reportedly close to the Sussexes claims Meghan 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."

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

  • WHEN DOES PRINCE PHILIP TURN 100?

    Prince Philip will celebrate his 100th birthday on June 10 this year.

    He is the oldest male member of the British Royal Family to have ever lived.

    Although royal insiders say he wants “no fuss” for his big day and “doesn’t want anything to do with” the celebrations.

  • HARRY AND WILLIAM ‘TO JOINTLY UNVEIL DIANA STATUE’ AND LOOK TO ‘DRAW A LINE’ UNDER MEGXIT ROW

    PRINCE Harry hopes to unveil a statue of Princess Diana with his brother Prince William as they look to “draw a line” under the ongoing Megxit row, an insider has claimed.

    According to a source close to the Duke of Sussex, he has insisted he wants to be at the event this summer despite any fallout from his and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which airs in the US tonight.

    Read more here.

  • MEGHAN MARKLE INTERVIEW: THE LATEST

  • PRINCE PHILIP ‘ASKED CHARLES TO VISIT HIM IN HOSPITAL’

    Prince Philip asked Charles to come and visit him in hospital to discuss the future of the Royal Family, an insider revealed.

    Last weekend, Prince Charles visited his father in hospital and according to the Queen’s former press officer Dickie Arbiter, the visit would have been at Philip’s “request”.

    Speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Arbiter explained that Philip was likely concerned about the future of the Royal Family.

    “I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited. To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection,” he said.

    “My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor. But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family.’”

  • DUKE OF EDINBURGH TREATED FOR HEART PROBLEMS IN THE PAST

    Prince Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past.

    In 2011, the Duke of Edinburgh was rushed to hospital from Sandringham after experiencing chest pains in the run up to Christmas.

    He was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, and also underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

  • QUEEN 'WILL NOT WATCH' HARRY AND MEGHAN OPRAH INTERVIEW - REPORT

    The Queen will "ignore" the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been reported.

    Harry and Meghan's televised conversation with the famous talk show host, which has fuelled tensions within the monarchy, will air in the US on Sunday night before being broadcast on ITV on Monday.

    The Sunday Times reported the monarch will not watch the programme and is instead focusing on national issues, while the paper said royal courtiers have branded the interview a "circus".

    Meanwhile, the Sunday Express reported that The Queen's mind is "only on duty and Philip".

    In extracts of the Oprah Winfrey interview released over the last few days, Meghan has criticised the constraints she faced as a working royal, and said it was "liberating" to be able to "say yes" to a request for an interview with the US chat show host.

  • RAIL FIRM APOLOGISES FOR 'DISTRESSING' PRINCE PHILIP BLUNDER

    A rail firm has apologised after it accidentally informed customers that Prince Philip had passed away, the Daily Record reports.

    A TransPennine Express notice read: “We are saddened by the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.”

    The company said in a statement last night that the notice had been removed and "apologised for any distress this may have caused".

  • ROYAL FAMILY HAVE ‘MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN OPRAH CHAT’ SAYS AIDES

    The Royal family have “more important things to worry about” than Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to royal aides.

    Two trailers of the TV talk promising “shocking” royal revelations were released yesterday as the frail Prince Philip, 99 moved hospital for heart checks.

    Buckingham Palace aides have told The Telegraph that the family’s focus is solely on the poorly Duke.

    One said: “The family is very worried about him and their thoughts are very much with him rather than this Oprah interview. They have much more important things to worry about.”

    While another senior aide said: “This programme is really not something we are focusing on at the moment.”

  • THE QUEEN’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO PHILIP

    The Queen recently paid a touching tribute to ill husband Prince Philip by wearing the silver brooch she donned for their engagement 74 years ago.

    The 94-year-old monarch, given her coronavirus injection weeks ago, was pictured wearing the special brooch in a video call where she dubbed Covid a “plague”.

    Her Majesty first wore the six-petal diamond flower brooch as Princess Elizabeth, aged 21.

    Official black and white photos show the future Queen wearing the jewellery next to her husband-to-be for the announcement in July 1947.

    It was given to her by the Royal Household for her 21st birthday weeks earlier and is rarely seen.

  • ROYAL STAFF NICKNAMED PRINCE HARRY 'THE HOSTAGE', SAYS INSIDER

    Yesterday it emerged that royal staff who worked with Meghan gave Harry the nickname “The Hostage” before the couple left Britain for a new life in the States.

    Employees claimed they were living in a “climate of fear” where they were routinely humiliated and subjected to unreasonable demands.

    A staff insider said: “Everyone would welcome Harry back on his own. He is still Prince Harry.

    “But after this interview you have to question whether Meghan has any intention in ever returning to Britain.

    "Because it makes it impossible to sit down in a room with family and staff after you’ve done this Oprah interview.”

  • MEGHAN MARKLE WAS LEFT GUTTED WHEN THE QUEEN REJECTED HER PLEA TO LIVE AT WINDSOR CASTLE

    MEGHAN was left gutted when the Queen rejected her plea to live in a wing at Windsor Castle, it has emerged.

    The Duchess of Sussex asked Harry if he could persuade Her Majesty to let them have private rooms in the 950-year-old building. The Queen instead gave the couple nearby Frogmore Cottage.

    A royal source said: “Meghan wanted a wing at Windsor Castle.

    “She asked Harry to have a word. But the Queen politely turned down the request. The castle will eventually be given to Prince Charles.

    “Harry and Meghan were initially delighted with Frogmore Cottage but in the end it was wrong for them and they were isolated from everyone.”

  • QUEEN PRAISES NATION’S ‘SELFLESS DEDICATION TO DUTY’ IN COMMONWEALTH SPECIAL BROADCAST

    THE Queen commended the nation’s "selfless dedication to duty" in her Commonwealth speech today - just hours before Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah tell-all interview. 

    Loyal William, Kate, Prince Charles, Camilla and Sophie Wessex all rallied around the 94-year old Monarch during the hour-long broadcast from Windsor castle.

    Read more on what Her Majesty said here.

  • PRINCE PHILIP: WHO IS THE IRON DUKE AND WHAT IS HIS 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.

    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.

  • ‘UNITED IN PRAYERS’

    The Royal Family was “united in prayers” after Prince Philip was moved to a specialist hospital for treatment for an infection and heart condition.

    One source told The Mirror: “The staff and all the Royal Family are united in their prayers for the Duke.

    “There has been an almighty and collective effort to keep him and the Queen safe during the coronavirus crisis over the past 11 months.”

    However the insider added there had been “a significant shift in the mood when everyone started finding out the Duke wasn’t coming home any time soon.“

    “Everyone’s thoughts are now firmly centred on him pulling through this illness,” the source added.

  • THE QUEEN WON'T WATCH HARRY AND MEGHAN 'CIRCUS' INTERVIEW

    Palace aides are understood to have been given a link that will allow them to watch the interview, which airs in the US tonight.

    Read more here.

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