Prince Philip’s just-released death certificate says he officially died of ‘old age’

Britain's Prince Philip (R), Duke of Edinburgh arrives for the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles ceremony at Windsor castle in Windsor on July 22, 2020. - Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will step down from his role as Colonel-in-C

Just after Prince Philip’s funeral, the author of the Royal Foibles blog shared a theory about what was happening with Philip, health-wise, in his final months. The author said there had been rumors for a while that Philip had pancreatic cancer, the diagnosis and treatment of which was never made public. But then the author said something which truly startled me: that despite receiving the Covid vaccine in January, Philip contracted Covid-19 and that was what he was battling in his final months:

Before the author continues, he must state that, at this juncture, he’s forged friendships with several members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s extended family. While he cannot verify what he’s both written and is about to write concerning the alleged cause of His Royal Highness’s passing, he can only repeat what’s been told to him by certain royal cousins of Philip’s in a unique position to know the truth. At this juncture, Buckingham Palace has not released Prince Philip’s official cause of death, and if what this author’s been told by his family is true, said cause for His Royal Highness’s demise will likely remain undisclosed for some time to come, or at least until everyone concerned can agree upon a convincing half truth. Britain’s now on its 3rd Covid lockdown, and the last thing the Johnson government needs is to reveal to the public that the Queen’s husband apparently succumbed to the virus’s Kent strain after he was vaccinated, though his very old age and already advanced ill health undoubtedly also played a factor in his demise.

[From Royal Foibles]

The Royal Foibles author claims that soon after contracting the virus, Philip “began to suffer serious respiratory problems, he was taken to London and admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital.” The Palace would confirm a week later that Philip was battling a virus but responding to treatment. We know the rest – a month-long hospital stay, a vague operation, and then Philip being released and returning to Windsor Castle, where he spent his last month.

I bring up this theory because I’ve been waiting to see if we actually would hear an official cause of death. Well, nearly one month since Philip’s passing, the Palace finally said something:

Prince Philip’s death certificate has revealed the 99-year-old died of “old age”. Her Majesty’s husband passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on 9 April and according to the document, his death was certified by Sir Huw Thomas, head of the royal medical household.

“Old age” is an accepted term if the patient is over 80 years old and the doctor signing the certificate has “personally cared for the deceased over a long period and has observed a gradual decline in his general health,” according to guidance given to doctors completing certificates of cause of death in England and Wales.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s death was registered on 13 April, four days after his passing, with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, who attended the funeral.

The document lists his full name as: “His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh formerly known as Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark formerly known as Philip Mountbatten.” His first occupation is listed as “Naval Officer,” while his second is “husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Sovereign”.

[From Hello]

I mean, obviously the man was 99 years old and had been struggling with his health for several years. I also believe that his health was compromised in 2017, which is when and why he “retired” from public life. It feels like a situation where both things could be true: he died of old age AND he died from a viral infection which compromised his health. The doctor possibly chose the kinder, less political version. But who knows.

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  1. Laalaa says:

    My grandpa’s death certificate said:

    Main reason: Pneumonia

    Additional reasons: Covid-19, old age, high blood pressure

  2. 809Matriarch says:

    Glad we got THAT cleared up. Now we know it wasn’t H&M’s fault.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Not yet anyway.
      Having said that 99 is something. He could very well have had a strain of covid and with his ill health it just accelerated his passing. I do hope he passed peacefully.

    • HeatherC says:

      Are you kidding me? Of course it was Meghan’s fault! GIve Dampier a sec to recover from his previous strenuous stretch in condemning Meghan for having a military dad in her book. He’ll get to this. Somehow, some way, it is definitely Meghan’s fault because reasons.

    • lanne says:

      Of course it’s Meghan’s fault! “Old age” is a disease she manufactured and maliciously spead to Phillip through the 5G airwaves during the Oprah interview!

    • PEARL GREY says:

      I personally think Philip retired in May 2017 because he had wanted to for a while, not because he was in ill health. I think they knew Harry was as good as engaged to Meghan by then, so that would bring an extra working royal into the family and thus force Will and Kate out of their 6 year vacation and into full-time working royal life (and they did announce in August 2017), so it was his chance to finally step back and let the younger ones pick up some slack.

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  3. Cecilia says:

    BREAKING: water is wet!

    That is how obvious this conclusion is. Its actually sick tho how people wanted to blame anything but his old age for his death. Many of us would be lucky to even reach 99

    • LadyMTL says:

      Seriously! If I’m lucky enough to make it to 99 and am basically of sound mind and (relatively) sound body, there probably won’t be anything mysterious or nefarious when I die…I’ll be frickin’ old! LOL.

      Though of course if there had been anything noted there other than old age, you know all of the H+M haters would have had a field day with it.

  4. Sofia says:

    I mean he was 99. It would be very surprising if he didn’t have a myriad of health problems. He could have really died from any issue including “just” old age.

    But I suppose the rota wanted it to say “Stress from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview”

    Edit: Ah RoyalFoibles. I liked them before and thought their Rose write up was interesting but I stopped reading when the author seemed to go full tinhat/conspiracy theory about Meghan.

    • just a small town girl says:

      Yeah, I like their input otherwise on the royal familiy(and others around the world) but woah they absolutely hate her and do a great job driving clicks for themselves with it.

  5. Summerlover says:

    I love that photo of Philip raising his hat, from the back. There is something so poignant and old school about it has photo.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      I went back and looked at that photo and you’re right about its poignancy. Thanks for pointing it out.

    • NiqGee says:

      It’s the photo my country’s main newspaper used to announce his passing and it just seemed like a simple fitting tribute to an old school man saying his final good bye.

  6. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Piss Morgan will be along at any moment to blame Meghan personally for the DofE’s death. You can set your watch by that psychopath.

  7. Xoxo says:

    Wait, what? The British media told us he died because Meghan and Harry broke his heart. 🙄

  8. L84Tea says:

    You mean, it wasn’t……(pause for dramatic effect)…..MURDER?? Death by lethal Oprah Interview injection to the heart??

  9. Mooney says:

    So it isn’t Meghan and her interview? Colour me surprised 😂

  10. Lizzie says:

    My only thought when he left the hospital the last time was, and I don’t mean this unkindly, but I didn’t think he could look worse than he had recently. But wow he did look so much worse, it’s easy to believe he was suffering from COVID.
    Again, I do put mean to be unkind as I seem to be getting visibly older by the hour.

  11. JD says:

    You mean it didn’t say: OPRAH.

  12. Likeyoucare says:

    If he still got covid when he died. Isnt he supposed to be burried in the specific way.
    In my country during the burrial all the staffs wear full PPE when they handle the body.

    • Kate says:

      In my country the medical staff and then funeral directors wear full PPE during preparations, and then the body is put in, essentially, a biohazards body bag. After that it can be put in a coffin and then that coffin is treated normally.

      No open casket funerals (family can view the body if they want but not touch), but other than that everything looks normal at the actual service. The PPE precautions are just for the behind the scenes part.