Prince Philip WILL go to the royal wedding: Buckingham Palace announces the Duke of Edinburgh is well enough to attend Harry and Meghan’s big day
- There have been concerns over the 96-year-old’s health since his hip operation
- The Duke has been recovering in Windsor since he left hospital on April 13
- Buckingham Palace announced today that he will attend Prince Harry’s wedding
- It is likely he will also meet Meghan’s mother, Doria, for tea this afternoon
The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend the royal wedding and see his grandson Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Philip, 96, has been recovering in Windsor since undergoing a hip operation last month.
The Duke was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week – the first public sighting of the Queen’s consort since he left hospital.
Prince Philip in Windsor last week. Today it was announced he will attend the royal wedding
The 96-year-old Duke will accompany the Queen to the ceremony at Windsor Castle tomorrow
It is likely that the Duke will also meet Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, for tea at Windsor Castle.
Ms Ragland has already enjoyed a ‘very jolly’ afternoon with Charles and Camilla after flying in from Los Angeles, with royal sources saying they got on famously.
Today, Meghan’s yoga instructor mother will meet her most esteemed new relative by marriage – the Queen – for tea at Windsor Castle, along with Harry and his fiancee.
It has not been confirmed that Prince Philip will also attend the tea, but his return to health suggests he will be at the Queen’s side.
The Duke was taken to the private King Edward VII hospital in central London on April 3, for surgery to replace his joint with a prosthetic implant.
He underwent the planned procedure the following day and left hospital on April 13.
Prince Philip has been a permanent fixture in Harry’s life. He is pictured with the princes at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy after Harry completed his training in 2006
The duke, who retired from royal duties in August 2017, has since continued his recovery in Windsor.
His appearance at tomorrow’s wedding will delight royal fans, with whom he is extremely poplar.
The former naval officer retired from public life last August, quipping at the time that he was no longer able to ‘stand up much’.
Sources have suggested he could use a ‘stylish stick or cane’ to help him get around on Harry’s big day.
For about a month before his operation the duke had complained about trouble with the joint but medical experts have said a few weeks after a hip replacement patients are usually back to their normal lifestyle, free from pain.
It is understood Prince Harry was very keen to have his grandfather attend his wedding, and the date may have been announced with the Duke in mind.
He appeared happy and comfortable when at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last Sunday
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