One of Prince Harry's deepest fears may come to pass as the wedding date gets nearer with no sign that his beloved grandfather is well enough to be in attendance. The date was specifically chosen, sooner rather than later, so that Harry could be sure that his grandparents would still be around and in good enough health to be with him when he takes the biggest and most important step of his life.
Then, news hit that the Duke of Edinburgh, Grandpa Philip, needed to undergo a major operation on his hip just two months prior to the younger Prince's big day. Even though the elderly Royal has the best medical care possible, his advanced age of 96 doesn't bode well for his chances for a rapid recovery.
Now, serious doubt is being cast on the likelihood that Prince Philip will be able to attend at all, and Prince Harry is not happy.
According to OK!, “Prince Philip, 96, could miss Meghan Markle, 36, and 33-year-old Prince Harry’s wedding day as he recovers from his hip operation.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson will tie the knot with the Suits actress at Windsor Castle on May 19.
“Kensington Palace today announced that Prince Harry would be joined at the ceremony by The Queen, his father, Prince Charles, and his older brother and best man, Prince William.
“However, when asked if his grandfather would be attending, an aide said: ‘We very much hope so.’
“They added that further guidance would be given ‘closer to the time’.”
The Duke of Edinburgh has not yet met his newest great-grandson either, again due to his recovery from the surgery.
On April 2, 2018, it was announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth would enter the hospital to undergo surgery. At the time, details were few and far between, but eventually, word got out that it would be a hip-replacement procedure.
At 96 years of age, Philip was considered at higher risk than others who usually have the operation at a younger age.
That is why when after the first day, and NO NEWS was released by the Palace, imaginations ran wild with all sorts of scenarios, ranging from bad to worse.
Many pointed to the statistics on hip replacements that peg the length of hospital confinement at an average of one to three days.
According to necu.com, “Philip had suffered from hip pain in recent weeks. Before he went into the hospital on April 3, he missed a number of family events, including an Easter church service with the queen and other members of the royal family.
“The British Orthopedic Association said Philip's surgery was necessary because he was suffering from osteoarthritis.”
When four days passed, then, five, six, and now 11, worries grew as our hearts went out to the elderly Prince Consort and his wife, Her Majesty the Queen.
Then, 11 days after he first entered the hospital, the Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from the hospital to continue his recovery at Windsor Castle.
At the time, a collective sigh of relief was felt throughout the kingdom - and among his family members - not the least of which is his longtime love, Queen Elizabeth.
Here’s to a continued smooth rehabilitation and we sincerely hope that we will have the honor of seeing the Duke at grandson Prince Harry’s wedding on May 19th. Godspeed, Your Royal Highness!
To see for yourself the Duke of Edinburgh as he leaves King George VII Hospital in London, watch the video, below.
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