Whenever a 96-year old has a serious operation, it's realistic to expect complications and anything but smooth sailing. At such an advanced age, a vast number of obstacles can crop up, even in the fittest of people.
That is why ever since Buckingham Palace announced on April third that Prince Philip would undergo hip surgery, admirers worldwide have been waiting with bated breath for updates on his progress.
Very little has been shared with the public about his recovery and many people are beginning to worry that all is not well. On April fifth, the day following his procedure, one update was given. Then nothing.
According to the Mirror, The Duke of Edinburgh was said to have come through the surgery successfully. The official word out of the Palace one day after his surgery said, "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage.
"His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits."
That leaves a lot to the imagination and, considering the Duke's advanced age, it's understandable that a little more in the way of details would go a long when in allaying our fears.
Perhaps it's true that "no news is good news" and we certainly hope that is the case for Prince Philip. But, it's fair to say that those who care about his welfare would appreciate a little more reassurance.
It may be a private affair, but he is one of the most famous public figures and has been so for over 70 years. Can you blame us for feeling as though we know him intimately?
Here's hoping the Duke of Edinburgh is doing well and that we are worried about nothing.