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Queen Elizabeth II may want to step down from ruling if Prince Philip dies says expert

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It comes as Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition. Prince Philip has spent his 17th night in hospital and is not expected to leave in the coming days.

At the same time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air in the UK next week.

Speaking to the Mirror, royal author Clive Irving said that, despite this, the Queen is most likely preoccupied with her husband’s health.

He speculated about whether Her Majesty will continue to be the monarch if Prince Philip dies.

Mr Irving told the paper: “She fully and clearly understands that whatever the mess underneath her, the monarch had to be above it.

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The Queen could decide to stop being the monarch if Prince Philip dies, a royal expert has said (Image: getty)

The Queen and Prince Philip

Prince Philip has spent his 17th night in hospital (Image: getty)

"You see this right now, with this enormous mess going on, that you won’t find the Queen’s fingerprints on anything.

"She must be very preoccupied with Philip’s condition, he’s very important in her life and one wonders if she’ll want to go on being Queen after he dies.

“It’s going to seem like another episode in this great royal soap opera that she’s going to want to stay out of.

"She is above all that, she’s safely in her bubble. However this unfolds, no one is going to blame the Queen.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air in the UK next week (Image: CBS)

“I suspect that is how she wants it. If the monarch is untouched, the monarchy will survive.”

Meghan and Harry are expected to discuss their experiences as members of the Royal Family after stepping back as senior royals last year.

The Sussexes’ “primetime” interview will be aired in the UK on Monday, March 8 at 9pm on ITV.

On Thursday, the Palace said in a statement: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

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Prince Philip

Prince Philip has undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition (Image: getty)

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

In his biography ‘The Last Queen’, Mr Irving said Her Majesty will likely be the last Queen of England.

He wrote: "Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and will likely be the last Queen of England."

The royal author told Australian breakfast show Sunrise that the monarchy will be in “jeopardy” if Prince Charles ascends the throne.

Prince Philip timeline

Prince Philip timeline (Image: Express.co.uk)

Mr Irving said: “The Queen has learnt the key thing about being a monarch for all this time, which is that we shouldn’t know very personal details about her.

“That means we shouldn’t know how she feels about things and we shouldn’t know her opinions on anything.

“That gives her a kid of independence and inscrutability, which is invaluable in a monarch.

“I unfortunately can’t say the same for her son and heir Charles, who we know far too much about.”

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