Royal fury: How the Queen phoned Philip to check on health after false death claims

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II was furious when rumours on the internet stated Prince Philip had died and decided to call him herself to check on him back in July 2018, according to royal insiders.

The Queen and Philip have made up the backbone of the Royal Family for more than six decades. The 93-year-old monarch and her 98-year-old royal consort have been fighting off reports of declining health for several years now, but a recent claim that Philip had passed away rolled around again this week amid coronavirus fears. Yet, he defied the rumour mill once more and was helicoptered to be with his wife, the Queen, in Windsor Castle yesterday.

Apparently the rumours once appeared so convincing that even the monarch was concerned about her husband’s health.

The Sun reported in July 2018 that “Buckingham Palace switchboard was flooded with calls” over worries for the Duke of Edinburgh.

The report continued: “She even held a tense ten minute phone call about how to deal with the fake news about her husband of 70 years.”

A source explained: “They both agreed there was little they could do but they are very, very annoyed.

“It’s not nice to hear the world over commenting on your health or death, even if you’re used to being in the public eye.

Queen and Prince Philip

Queen and Prince Philip (Image: Getty)

The Queen was reportedly furious when she heard reports of Philip's ill health in 2018

The Queen was reportedly furious when she heard reports of Philip’s ill health in 2018 (Image: Getty)

“It shows how the internet can get out of control.

“The Queen is absolutely fuming over this and thinks it’s disgraceful.”

Rumours about the royal consort had begun circulating Twitter just a few days before.

Royal staff then began to question the Queen on her husband’s health, alerting her to the false reports.

The Queen and Philip have relocated to Windsor Castle during the coronavirus outbreak

The Queen and Philip have relocated to Windsor Castle during the coronavirus outbreak (Image: Getty)

This was while she was enjoying her summer break in Balmoral, when Philip was staying in the royal estate of Sandringham.

The insider explained: “If he was ill, she would be with him instead of her Scottish holiday.

“In fact, not only is he not very ill, he is actually in fine form and is recovering well from his recent hip operation.

“It has given him a new lease of life and he hopes to live to 100 just like the Queen Mum!”

Philip did suffer from a spat of poor health during the festive period last year.

Philip retired from public life in 2017

Philip retired from public life in 2017 (Image: Getty)

Philip had a health scare over Christmas

Philip had a health scare over Christmas (Image: Getty)

He had a planned hospital visit but was released after three days and able to spend Christmas with his family.

Yet, new concerns for the royal pair have been raised as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the world.

As Philip has suffered from some health scares recently, he is believed to be particularly at risk from the respiratory virus.

The couple are not only practising social distancing in Windsor Castle, but the Queen has cancelled visits to Camden and Cheshire.

The Queen and Philip at Balmoral, the royal estate in Scotland

The Queen and Philip at Balmoral, the royal estate in Scotland (Image: Getty)

She has also called off a recent visit from the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

The Queen was seen wearing long white gloves which extended past her wrists during a recent investiture ceremony too.

Although Buckingham Palace denied that this was in relation to the pandemic, she will have to be taking precautions and limiting her interactions in line with government advice.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK