Ever since Prince Philip retired in August of 2017, rumors have been swirling about the state of his health. That, combined with the fact that he has been a ’no-show’ at numerous occasions that he has attended in the past, speculation has been rife that his health is not doing well.
The exaggerated reports came to a head in April when the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth was admitted to the hospital for a hip replacement operation. His stay in the hospital was much longer than average, so again, the false stories took on a life of their own.
But he was up-and-at-it for the May 19th wedding of grandson Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, looking spry and healthy. Due to the privacy protocol among the royal family, very little information has been forthcoming and, in its absence, concerned fans and loyal subjects have been left to fill in the blanks for themselves.
But, when the erroneous report - that Prince Philip had died - flew across the internet over the weekend, it appears to be the last straw. Even though Her Majesty has made no official statement condemning the fabrication, palace insiders have spoken anonymously to express the extent of the Queen’s frustration with the rumor mill.
In fact, the Queen only learned about the swirling fabrication, when members of her staff inquired about her husband’s well-being. She had just arrived at Balmoral, Scotland for her annual summer holiday and had barely settled in when she caught wind of the gossip.
A palace source revealed, “The Queen was said to have been raging and called her 97-year-old husband for a tense and stressful ten-minute conversation, in which they spoke about how to deal with fake news.”
The source added: “If he was ill, she would be with him instead of starting her Scottish holiday.
“In fact not only is he not very ill, he is actually in fine form and is recovering well from his recent hip operation.
“It has given him a new lease of life and he hopes to live to 100 just like the Queen Mum!”
Here's to many more years of vigorous good health for both Prince Philip and his wife, the Queen. 100 is just around the corner, and we think it’s likely they both will make it!