96-year-old Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last week before his scheduled surgery for one of his hips. Buckingham Palace has confirmed to E! News that the Duke of Edinburgh has undergone hip surgery.
Sadly, this news doesn't come as a huge surprise since Prince Philip had canceled his scheduled appearance at a pre-Easter Royal Maundy Service church-event held at Windsor Castle's St. George Chapel, where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May, due to pain in his hip. Sources have said that Prince Philip had been looking forward to the Royal Maundy pre-easter church service so it is clear that he must have been in quite a bit of pain and discomfort to have to cancel.
The Duke had also recently canceled a public appearance for an event honoring his son, Prince Andrew recently and the reason reported for his absence was that he was "feeling under the weather." With so many canceled appearances lately, rumors about Prince Philip's failing health have been abundant. Kensington Palace has yet to issue any statements about Prince Philip's health other than the troubles regarding his hip and feeling under the weather.
Last spring, Prince Philip officially retired from public events and an official statement read that he would "not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements but may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time" and since then, he has not been seen out and about as much or as much as his royal wife is seen at events and public engagements.
Hopefully, Prince Philip's hip surgery was a success and he can heal soon so that he can look forward to his attendance at his grandson, Prince Harry's upcoming (and much anticipated) wedding on May 19, 2018. Photos show that the Duke seems to have a close relationship with the redheaded prince which makes sense since Prince Harry is the "baby" of his immediate family.
We wish Prince Philip a speedy and easy recovery and good health moving forward. Get well soon, Duke!