Prince Philip has been married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and is the oldest royal consort in history, but since he is in the late 1990s, there have been questions and conversations for years about his health. Those concerns reached a fever pitch when he retired from his actual duties in 2017 and fueled rumors that he was doing it for health-related reasons. But is it really why he decided not to make any more real commitments?
See more about whether the Duke of Edinburgh's retirement had anything to do with his health and why he is not spending so much time with the Queen nowadays.
Prince Philip's Retirement
Since he was the consort of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip had 22,219 solo engagements, gave 5,496 speeches and wrote 14 books. He was once one of the most working members of the royal family, but decided to retire officially on August 2, 2017.
"The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out his own program of public engagements," said a statement from the palace. "The Captain General's Parade will take the individual program of His Royal Highness to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events alongside the Queen from time to time."
His retirement had nothing to do with his health, but everything to do with the fact that he was 96 years old and it was time to stop after so many years of service. Even His Majesty has diminished his real business and no longer travels abroad for compromises.
How healthy is Prince Philip?
Prince Philip is in good health for his age. His only recent health-related problems came in June 2017 and April 2018.
In June of last year, he was taken from Windsor to London and hospitalized after being diagnosed with an infection. Then, in April 2018, he was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital for hip replacement surgery. He was discharged the next day and six weeks later he was able to attend the marriage of his grandson Prince Harry with Meghan Markle.
Before that, The Sun noticed that the Duke had "had a stent in his heart a few years ago, but he loves to fish and sometimes hangs for hours on the River Dee. At his age, he is as fit as a violin.
Where he spends most of his time without his wife
After living so much of his life in the public eye, Prince Philip is seen much less now, since he is no longer in Buckingham Palace. The prince retreated to Norfolk, where he stayed in a residence at the Sandringham real estate, called Wood Farm. Of course, Queen Elizabeth is not yet retired, so she still spends most of her time in London's palace.
The Daily Beast reported that the prince basically moved out of Buckingham Palace and only spent a handful of nights there since he officially retired.
A source told Expresso that while Philip is at Wood Farm now he still finds time to see his wife.
"He's very fond of Wood Farm, and he and the queen still see each other sometime during the week or on weekends," the source said. "They see themselves depending on Her Majesty's programming, but she works around him to see him as much as possible."
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