Prince Philip asked son Charles to ‘care for Queen’ in ‘heartfelt’ hospital conversation

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PRINCE Philip reportedly asked his eldest son Prince Charles to “care for the Queen” in their final “heartfelt” conversation, it has been claimed.

Prince Charles was pictured visiting his father Philip while he was King Edward VII’s Hospital following heart surgery earlier this year. Now royal sources told the Mirror that during the visit at the end of February, there was a “full and frank” and “heartfelt” discussion between them. The Mirror’s royal correspondent Russell Myers said: “Prince Philip asked three things of his eldest son Charles during his final days – including caring for the Queen when he was gone.

“As his life was drawing to a close, the Duke of Edinburgh summoned his son to meet him as he spent time recovering from an infection and heart surgery in hospital a few weeks ago.”

It comes after Charles delivered a heartfelt tribute to his father on Saturday evening outside his Highgrove home.

He said: “My father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the queen, to my family, to the country and also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

“My dear papa was a very special person who above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that.”

“It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.

“He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and in the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and sorrow.”

Charles and Camilla’s official social media account Clarence House shared the Queen’s official statement and picture when the news was announced on Friday.

Philip also died on the couple’s wedding anniversary after they tied the knot in 2005.

The statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”Philip was taken to King Edward VII’s Hospital by car a month ago after feeling unwell at Windsor.

Two weeks later, Philip was moved to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London by ambulance where he had a successful procedure on a pre-existing heart condition on March 3.

A few days later he was transferred back to King Edward’s to recuperate and to continue his treatment.

Prince Charles is thought to have been the only royal to visit him in hospital.

When Philip left hospital, Prince Charles said: “It’s very good news, I’m thrilled about it” during a visit to a pop-up Covid vaccination clinic at a London mosque with the Duchess of Cornwall.

When asked if he had spoken to Philip yet, he replied: “Oh yes, I have spoken to him several times.”

Philip received hospital treatment many times over the last decade due to a recurrence of a bladder infection, but this was his longest stay yet.

He previously spent 11 days in hospital in 2013 following an operation on his abdomen and was also taken to hospital in December 2019, where he was treated for a “pre-existing condition” before being discharged on Christmas Eve after four nights.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK