Prince Harry ‘doesn’t think the Queen could do it without Prince Philip’
An eye-opening interview with Prince Harry gave a peek behind the curtain at the family dynamics that play out in the halls of Buckingham Palace – and revealed just how highly regarded Prince Philip is by his relatives.
Harry had always been considered close to Philip. It's believed the pair bonded over their shared passion for the environment and the UK's armed forces.
Speaking as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee back in 2012, he admitted: “Regardless of whether my grandfather seems to be doing his own thing, sort of wandering off like a fish down the river, the fact that he’s there ‒ personally, I don’t think she could do it without him.”
Whilst there were reports of a rift between the pair in the wake of Prince Harry's stepping back from formal royal duties last year, the Duke of Sussex has allegedly been in close contact with the rest of his family in the wake of Philip's recent ill health.
In fact, sources have suggested Harry is currently self isolating in his new California home so that he can re-enter the UK as quickly as possible if Philip's condition worsens.
The Duke of Sussex is not the only person who thinks Philip's contribution to The Firm is sometimes overlooked.
The Queen's former private secretary, Lord Charteris, has previously praised the way the Duke of Edinburgh “is the only man in the world who treats the Queen simply as another human being”.
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Philip, 99, is being monitored at London's King Edward VII Hospital as a "precautionary measure" following a health scare last week. He was visited by Prince Charles on Saturday.
Reports emerged the following day that the 30-minute visit had been an emotional one, and was even described as "teary" by a source.
It is believed Charles had not seen his father, who has been staying with the Queen at Windsor Castle, since before Christmas because of nationwide coronavirus restrictions.
Philip, who turns 100 on June 10, is in hospital for an undisclosed reason, although it is not coronavirus-related. The hospital's website states visitors will "only be considered in exceptional circumstances".
Regarding the visit, Buckingham Palace said it had nothing to add to its previous statement on the duke's admittance to hospital.
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