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Prince Philip latest update – Duke’s heart operation a success as Meghan Markle & Harry’s Oprah chat STILL happening

PRINCE Philip is recovering in hospital after undergoing a "successful" operation for this pre-existing heart condition.

Buckingham Palace confirmed today he had an operation and will remain in hospital for a "number of days"

A statement said: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

"His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days."

While the Duke of Edinburgh recovers in hospital Prince Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey will air on ITV on Monday.

The Sussexes have faced calls for the broadcast on Sunday to be postponed out of respect for Philip.

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

  • MEGHAN ACCUSES ROYALS OF LYING

    Meghan Markle accused the Royal Family of lying in an astonishing escalation of her war of words — and no sign of backing down over her TV interview.

    The allegation emerged as another trailer for her bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat was released indicating it will still be shown this weekend.

    The US show, which has already sparked controversy, looms as Prince Philip, 99, recovers from critical heart surgery and Meghan is embroiled in a scandal over alleged bullying of her staff.

    In the latest trailer, the Duchess of Sussex accuses Buckingham ­Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods”.

  • QUEEN’S SPECIAL BROADCAST TO COMMONWEALTH

    The Queen will address 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 will make a rare televised address to mark Commonwealth Day, as the usual church service has been cancelled due to Covid.

    And her address is expected to air on BBC One just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey is aired in the US.

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

  • KEEP MA'AM & CARRY ON

    The QUEEN has carried on with her royal duties after Prince Philip's heart operation while Harry and Meghan strike a global TV deal.

    Queen Elizabeth II held a telephone audience today with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston, Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter.

    The monarch heard about the RAF's "commitment to supporting the nation's response to the pandemic", the post said.

    It comes as Prince Philip underwent successful heart surgery just three months before his 100th birthday.

    Buckingham Palace said Philip, the nation's longest-serving consort, had the procedure for his pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London on Wednesday.

  • THE CAMBRIDGES TO JOIN TV SPECIAL WITH THE QUEEN

    Prince William and Kate Middleton will join a rare TV special with the Queen - before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey airs.

    Buckingham Palace has this afternoon revealed some of the royals will unite for a celebration of the Commonwealth - and the show will screen hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's chat appears on US TV.

    The news was released amid the latest bombshell twists in the Megxit saga, and hours after the Queen last night launched an unprecedented probe into allegations Meghan and Harry bullied their staff.

  • "THE SUSSEX SURVIVORS CLUB"

    Melissa Toubati, Samantha Cohen, from Australia, Samantha Carruthers, Jason Knauf, Simon Case have all been described as the 'Sussex Survivor's Club' after a turbulent time working for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Amid claims of difficult demands, tears and upset they have, for one reason or another, dramatically parted ways with the Duke and Duchess.

    Harry and Meghan have denied all claims of impropriety, describing a "smear campaign" against them.

  • PRINCE EDWARD SAID PHILIP IS ‘LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING OUT’

    The visit is Philip’s longest stay in hospital since June 2013 when he had an exploratory operation on his abdomen. 

    Prince Edward said he had spoken to his father on the phone, who was “looking forward to getting out”.

    He told Sky: “As far as I’m aware, well I did speak to them the other day, so he’s a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing.

    “So we keep our fingers crossed."

  • PRINCE PHILIP’S FANS SEND GET WELL MESSAGES AND BALLOONS

    Kind-hearted Brits are sending ailing Prince Philip get well messages and balloons while he remains in a specialist cardiac unit.

    Pics taken today at St Barts Hospital in London show cops bearing people’s gifts to the 99-year-old royal.

    One sweet message decorated with butterflies and flowers was from someone “sending a prayer” his way.

  • PHILIP HAS ‘SUCCESSFUL’ HOSPITAL PROCEDURE FOR PRE-EXISTING HEART CONDITION, PALACE SAYS

    The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace said.

    Philip was treated at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Wednesday.

    The Palace said the duke, 99, would remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.

    Philip, the nation’s longest-serving consort, has spent 16 nights in hospital – his longest ever stay.

    He was moved by ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London on Monday for testing for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an infection.

  • QUEEN IS ‘KEEPING CALM AND CARRYING ON’

    The Queen is “keeping calm and carrying on” while Prince Philip is in hospital.

    She has bravely put aside any worries about Prince Philip’s health to fulfil her “duties as head of state”, the Daily Express reports.

    Royal correspondent Richard Palmer said: “The Queen spoke by phone with the head of the Army, the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, earlier today.

    “Buckingham Palace is sending out the message that she is keeping calm and carrying on with her duties as head of state despite Philip’s illness.”

  • CAN PRINCE PHILIP HAVE VISITORS?

    Prince Philip was transferred on Monday from the private King Edward VII hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for cardiac care, in London.

    On Tuesday he had tests for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an unspecified infection which is not Covid-related.

    Although Prince Charles visited Philip at King Edward, visitors are only allowed into clinical areas of St Bartholomew’s for very limited reasons, explains Reuters.

    Buckingham Palace has said he is comfortable and responding to treatment.

  • BUCKINGHAM PALACE DECLINES FURTHER DETAILS ON PRINCE PHILIP'S HEART SURGERY

    St Bartholomew's is home to Barts Heart Centre - Europe's largest specialised cardiovascular service.

    The Palace declined to give details of the exact surgery.

    Philip is patron of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which sent its best wishes, saying the duke has been a "long-term advocate for heart research".

  • WHEN IS PRINCE PHILIP’S BIRTHDAY?

    Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, turned 99 in June, 2020.

    He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100.

    He was born in 1921 in Greece, and 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.

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

  • MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSES ROYAL FAMILY OF 'PERPETUATING FALSEHOODS'

    Meghan Markle accuses Royal family of 'perpetuating falsehoods' and says 'a lot's been lost' in Oprah interview clip amid bullying claims
  • PHILIP KNOWN FOR HIS ‘NO FUSS’ ATTITUDE SAYS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER

    Philip is known for his “no fuss” attitude and to not suffer fools gladly, and Royal biographer Penny Junor said his demeanour in hospital would be important.

    “Let’s hope he’s not resigned, let’s hope he’s not being a good patient because I think that would probably be a bad sign – a cantankerous duke is a healthy one,” she said.

    The author highlighted how the Queen appeared at ease when she encouraged those who are vaccine hesitant to “think about other people rather than themselves” during a video call last week.

    Ms Junor said: “I think the Queen looked very jolly in a message that she put out the other day about having the vaccine.

    “She doesn’t look to me like someone who is desperately worried and waiting for the phone to ring.”

  • SUSSEXES FACE CALL FOR OPRAH BROADCAST OUT OF RESPECT FOR PHILIP

    The Sussexes have faced calls for the broadcast on Sunday to be postponed out of respect for Philip.

    But a source close to the couple told the PA news agency that American network CBS is not believed to have any intention of changing the date.

    "There are a lot of people who are going to talk about this until the programme airs, but the programming and all the rest of it is ultimately up to CBS, we're not involved in that side of things," the source said.

    "As it stands, I don't think there is any intention from the programme maker to change its air date."

  • CAMILLA SUFFERED NO SIDE EFFECTS FROM COVID JAB

    The Duchess of Cornwall has said she suffered no side effects from her Covid-19 jab, and it was painless even though she dislikes needles.

    Camilla continued the royal family’s prominent support of the UK’s vaccination rollout as she carried out an official engagement at St Paul’s Church, Croydon, which is being used as a centre for administering the injections.

    The duchess also spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, saying her 99-year-old father-in-law was “slightly improving”.

    She said of Philip, who has spent 15 nights in hospital and is undergoing tests for a pre-existing heart condition: “We heard today that he’s slightly improving. So that’s very good news. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

  • EXPLAINED: WHO IS THE IRON DUKE AND WHAT'S 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.

  • OPRAH INTERVIEW TO GO AHEAD DESPITE PRINCE PHILIP'S HEART OP

    Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview WILL still air despite Prince Philip’s heart operation.

    The bombshell tell-all interview will be shown by CBS in the US on Sunday night – as the broadcaster has “no intentions” of changing the date, a source said.

    A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the screening of the couple’s Oprah Winfrey interview was still expected to go ahead despite Philip being unwell.

    They said: “There are a lot of people who are going to talk about this until the programme airs, but the programming and all the rest of it is ultimately up to CBS, we’re not involved in that side of things.

    “As it stands, I don’t think there is any intention from the programme maker to change its air date.”

  • THE IRON DUKE IS STILL ACTIVE

    Despite retiring, the Duke has remained active – sending a message to frontline workers at the outbreak of Covid thanking them for their work.

    He also made a rare public appearance last year to pass on his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to Camilla Parker Bowles.

    And Prince Harry very recently reportedly called the Queen about Prince Philip’s health from his home in the US.

  • EXPLAINED: WHEN DID PRINCE PHILIP HAVE HIP SURGERY?

    In April 2018 he was admitted to hospital for a planned hip operation scheduled for the following day.

    He had missed several public events in the previous weeks, including an Easter church service in Windsor.

    Ten days after his successful surgery, his daughter Princess Anne visited him in hospital, with the Queen revealing that he was “getting on very well” as he learned to walk again.

  • WHEN DID PRINCE PHILIP RETIRE?

    The Duke of Edinburgh formally retired on August 2, 2017, bowing out with a parade of Royal Marine commandos at Buckingham Palace.

    He now takes more of a back seat role, although he occasionally appears alongside other royals at public events.

  • QUEEN’S SPECIAL BROADCAST TO COMMONWEALTH

    The Queen will address 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 will make a rare televised address to mark Commonwealth Day, as the usual church service has been cancelled due to Covid.

    And her address is expected to air on BBC One just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey is aired in the US.

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

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