The Duke of Edinburgh, who is now 96 years old, has disappeared from public view in recent weeks, raising concerns that his health is far worse than first reported.
When he missed Palm Sunday church services, the Palace issued a statement explaining that the Prince was simply feeling "under the weather." No further details were given.
Now, when the Queens' husband failed to attend Easter Sunday church services, eyebrows went up again, this time with much more concern. The only thing we know is the rumors swirling about a hip injury that is preventing him from leaving home. This rumor has not been confirmed or denied by the Palace.
Granted, the Prince is retired, and he is no longer expected to attend official engagements, but church is considered by many to be more of a personal event, and think he would have attended if he were able.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.
“Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagement with the support of members of the royal family.”
Adding fuel to the fire about the Duke of Edinburgh's absence - two heavily pregnant family members (Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Zara Tindall, Philip's granddaughter) were there in all their glowing splendor, even performing cumbersome curtsies as the Queen passed, it shows that attendance at Easter Sunday church services is a family obligation that is not taken lightly.
Our prayers go out to the ailing Duke of Edinburgh, as he fights to recover from whatever is keeping him homebound. We hope that he bounces back fully and quickly.