The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone successful heart surgery – just three months before his 100th birthday.
Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip, the nation’s longest-serving consort, had the procedure for his pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London on Wednesday.
The 99-year-old duke will remain in hospital for “treatment, rest and recuperation” for a number of days.
Concern will be heightened for the duke because of his advanced age, with the Duchess of Cornwall saying on Wednesday that Philip was “slightly improving” and “we’ll keep our fingers crossed”.
Thursday’s news was announced amid growing tensions within the royal family ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial televised Oprah interview, with Meghan saying in an extract that she could not be expected to stay silent if ‘The Firm’ played a part in “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and Harry.
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…