The Queen ‘greatly comforted’ by Prince Philip’s return home from hospital
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has finally returned home to Windsor Castle after a month-long stay in hospital.
The Queen will no doubt be pleased to see her stalwart companion return after a tumultuous few weeks centring around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Phillip was admitted to King Edward VII’s on February 16 with an infection before being moved to St Bartholomew’s after two weeks for a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition and then finally returning to King Edward VII’s.
The Mirror reported that Prince Phillip was said to be in good spirits according to a senior palace source and that his return had been a source of great comfort to the Queen.
Prince Charles was also "thrilled" with the news that his father was returning home after his longest ever time spent in hospital.
After recovering from heart surgery and infection, Philip was pushed in a wheelchair to a car outside the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone on Monday (March 15).
He was partially obscured by a screen as he was helped into the chauffeur-driven vehicle.
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After a 50-minute drive, he arrived home at Windsor Castle, managing a wave for onlookers before he passed through the gates.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
During her husband’s absence, the Queen, 94, had to make monumental decisions about her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s decision to quit their royal roles for good.
In the last week of the Duke’s stay in hospital, the Queen, who described him as “my strength and stay” as they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, faced the fallout from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The couple accused an unnamed royal, later confirmed not to be the Queen or the Duke, of raising concerns about what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.
Meghan also told how she asked for help when she had felt suicidal, but said “The Firm” gave her no support.
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The Queen responded saying the issues were concerning but “some recollections may vary” and it would be dealt with privately by the family.
A royal source said: “While the Queen has always been the head of state, their partnership always saw Philip as head of the family.
“Her Majesty has always leaned on her husband for support during the most testing of times.
"His return will be of great comfort to her.”
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