Prince Philip health: Harry ‘asked to come home’ to see grandfather in hospital

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PRINCE HARRY has reportedly been asked to return to the UK to visit Prince Philip who has spent several days in the hospital.

Prince Philip, 99, underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London on Wednesday – just three months before his 100th birthday. The Duke of Edinburgh has left the NHS hospital where he had heart surgery and been moved back to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital for continuing treatment, Buckingham Palace said. Royal expert Katie Nicholl said there are unconfirmed reports that Prince Harry has been “asked to come home”.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Ms Nicholl said: “They are much more concerned with the more serious matter which is the health of the Duke of Edinburgh who is seriously ill in hospital.

“There are calls by some royal commentators and experts who believe that this interview should be rescheduled and aired at a less sensitive time for the Royal Family.

“And there are even some reports circulating that Prince Harry’s being asked to come home to see his grandfather.

“No confirmation on that from either the palace or the Sussexes spokespeople but inevitably this is going to be a source of much speculation.

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Prince Harry has reportedly been asked to return to the UK to visit Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Philip was initially admitted to King Edward VII’s – the royal family’s favoured hospital (Image: GETTY)

“The timing really couldn’t be any worse for the Royal Family. This interview is coming at such a difficult time.”

The duke, the nation’s longest-serving consort, has spent 17 nights in hospital – his longest ever stay.

He was initially admitted to King Edward VII’s – the royal family’s favoured hospital – in central London on February 16 after feeling unwell at Windsor Castle, before being moved by ambulance to St Bartholomew’s on Monday.

Concern will be heightened for the duke because of his advanced age, with the Duchess of Cornwall saying this week that Philip was “slightly improving” and adding: “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

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Concern will be heightened for the duke because of his advanced age (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Philip underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition (Image: GETTY)

The news was announced amid growing tensions within the royal family ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial televised Oprah interview.

In a new clip released on Friday, Meghan said it was “liberating” to be able to have the “right and privilege” to be able to “say yes” to an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

She said in a previous extract that she could not be expected to stay silent if “The Firm” played a part in “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and Harry.

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

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Line of succession (Image: EXPRESS)

Philip has been treated for heart problems in the past and in 2011 was rushed to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas.

In the serious health scare, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

St Bartholomew’s is home to Barts Heart Centre – Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular service.

The duke was visited in King Edward VII’s Hospital on February 20 by his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who made a 200-mile round trip and stayed for around 30 minutes.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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