Prince Philip has finally been released from the hospital after a four-week stay


For what it’s worth, I do think Prince Philip was likely feeling poorly. I think he went to the hospital one month ago because he didn’t feel great, and he possibly needed treatment for an infection, or a stent or some kind of work done on his 99-year-old body. I do think there was *some* of this which was legitimate. But the way Buckingham Palace and the British press played it, it became quite obvious that Philip’s four-week-long hospitalization was largely a stunt. They spent WEEKS screaming at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for daring to give an interview to Oprah, and how dare they not pull the interview with Philip in the hospital. How dare they do this to the poor Queen. Meghan is personally killing Philip with her Americanness and her race and it’s all just so sick.

What was particularly funny was that after Buckingham Palace was clearly sending out all of the same “how dare the Sussexes do this while Philip is in the hospital” talking points, Kensington Palace barged into that conversation with their dumbf–k “Meghan is a bully” scheme. After that, Poor Near-Death Philip was suddenly barely mentioned. Same with the post-interview vibe – nary a whisper or update about Philip. They had other things to worry about. So, Philip’s hospitalization served its stunt-queen (stunt-duke?) purpose and now he’s been discharged. Shocking.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital on Feb. 16 after he felt unwell and was given treatment for an unspecified, but not COVID-19-related, illness. He was transferred briefly at the start of this month to a specialist cardiac centre at another London hospital, where he underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

A Reuters witness said the duke left the King Edward hospital shortly after 10.30 GMT on Tuesday. He was taken to a waiting car in a wheelchair and returned to Windsor Castle, the royal residence west of London, waving to those outside as he arrived.

“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

A royal source said the prince was in good spirits.

Since being admitted, the duke has been publicly visited only by his eldest son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. The queen, 94, has remained at Windsor Castle where the couple have been staying during the coronavirus pandemic, and has continued to carry out her official duties by video.

[From Reuters]

Yeah, the big “tell” that some of Philip’s extended hospitalization was a stunt was the fact that only Charles visited him. And the Queen carried on working and she seemed utterly unbothered. They really used that old man to slime Harry and Meghan. Oh well. I’m actually glad that he’s feeling better. I hope they let him go back to Wood Farm and spend time with people he actually enjoys.

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  1. HeatherC says:

    Don’t worry, when he does die, the BM will still screech in capital letter headlines that Meghan killed him. And he died heart broken after not seeing Archie.

  2. Ronaldinhio says:

    I am so glad he lived.
    Had he died it would have been awful in everyway, real and press fiction, for the Sussex family.
    There have been so many rumours he had died in the U.K.
    Glad to see him return home.

  3. Eleonor says:

    He looks really tired, and I hope they sent him where he wants to be.

    • Snuffles says:

      He always looks that way. He’s basically a walking corpse.

      • Chaine says:

        True, but those pix! Up until the last year or so I never thought he looked near his age, but he is definitely looking 100 now.

      • Eleonor says:

        Maybe I am in the minority but for a 100 years old man who has spent four weeks at the hospital, and has had an heart surgery, even if a minor one he looks tired but good.

      • Cait says:

        @Snuffles: agree! When I saw the photos I thought ‘walking cadaver’.

        I know he’s done lots of public duty but all the (racist + demeaning) things he has said over time means zero sympathy from me…but I guess at least he isn’t fake/he is being himself.

    • Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

      @ Cat – yes, at least with Phillip, we know what we get. The only thing worse than an open racist is one who acts like they aren’t.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      Concerned that their stunt may have the effect of shortening his life – people that old, with extended stays in the hospital, can deteriorate mentally fairly rapidly. Anyone with dementia already, often show rapid decline after a long disorientating stint in a hospital.

      If he dies as a result of this recent hospitalization event, it won’t be down to the Sussexes, it’ll be down to the BRF that kept him in there for tabloid clickbait.

  4. Izzy says:

    Guess they finally realized the distraction didn’t work.

  5. fishface says:

    What’s the British media gonna do now…? They’ve all been champing at the bit, hoping the old bloke would pop his clogs so they could screech “Murderer!!!” at the evil Meghan.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    It’s shameful that the Royal Family used Phillip to smear Harry and Meghan and to try to stop the Oprah interview from airing.

  7. Cecilia says:

    Im so happy that that man is feeling better. For a minute i was scared meghan and harry had to go back to the UK for a funeral. I hope he holds on for another 2-3 years.

  8. Stephanie says:

    He does look like he’s aged and lost a lost of weight since his last public images around their anniversary (I think). I wouldn’t assume that it was all a stunt. I would be surprised if he actually lived another year unfortunately.

    • Splinter says:

      I don’t think that Philip would have agreed to spend in hospital one more day than it was absolutely necessary, so yes, I agree, the hospitalization was not a stunt. But at the same time it was very convenient and was used in every possible way.

      • molly says:

        I agree with both statements. Philip is too old and stubborn to play games like that. But also, I was scrolling through Omid’s twitter this week looking for something, and BP really did release so many updates in the weeks leading up to the interview. Constant updates. Some updates that basically said, “yep, still sick!” I don’t believe they would have released nearly that many if BP wasn’t trying to distract so hard.

  9. Becks1 says:

    It was kind of funny how obvious the british press was about using Philip’s hospitalization to smear H&M. After the interview aired, combined with the James Corden interview, where the Queen and Philip come off looking more relatable and likeable than they have in years, IMO, I think BP sent a message to the press to stand down on that one.

    Glad he’s going home.

  10. Petra says:

    I hope he’s able to recover in peace away from BP. KP, CH and the media.

  11. S808 says:

    Hopefully they leave him to penny for the rest of his life as reward.

  12. Shoo fly says:

    I saw some rumblings on British Twitter about all of the hospitalization and treatment, essentially saying that no other 99 year old would be receiving these treatments through NHS. An excellent point to be made.

  13. SarahCS says:

    ‘Reunited’ with QE2? Sure. They may be under the same roof but it’s a big roof.

  14. Xantha says:

    Oh so the press actually remembered he was still in the hospital? Funny, cause they seem to have forgotten last week.

  15. Millie says:

    Ok, so is the rest of society allowed to talk about racism now?

  16. Jen says:

    He looks unwell. Glad he is back home. According to Omid he had other visitors. I think Anne might have gone. But the press respected the privacy of those people. And Covid restrictions really limited it. The Charles thing was a pap walk. My guess is his caregiver (mistress?) whichever visited him on a regular basis

  17. Alyse says:

    Yeah they’re an awful family but I think this is the wrong take. St Bartholomew’s is an NHS hospital, there’s no way he was in there unless he had to be, even if he is Prince Philip!

  18. Janice Hill says:

    Did The Firm USE Philip’s hospital stay to the fullest extent for the purpose of Damage Control PR? Yes, I do think so. But I think it’s not acceptable to suggest that Philip was kept in the hospital for PR, even if you suspect it. We don’t know what the situation was, medically. That’s as bad as the people saying that Megan is lying about being suicidal to get the sympathy.

    • NJ says:

      they were willing to let Meghan almost kill herself while pregnant for PR so its absolutely believable they would dump a 99 year old in the hospital to get sympathy for Charles.