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The Duke of Edinburgh was largely shielded from much of its content and the “fallout”. Philip, who turns 100 in June, was discharged from hospital on March 16 after a four week stay having undergone successful heart surgery.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said that, while the Duke continues his recovery, the Royal Family is doing its best to protect Philip from the drama.
Speaking to Australian outlet 9Honey, Ms Nicholl said: “The family are very keen that he’s not aware of the full extent of the interview.”
She added that the media coverage made it “impossible for him to completely avoid it… efforts were made to protect him from the full force of the fallout”.
Critics were concerned about the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah on March 7 going ahead before Philip was released from hospital.
The Duke was initially admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital as a “precautionary measure” after feeling unwell, before being moved to St Bartholomew’s hospital for surgery on March 3.
Philip’s latest admission was the longest the Duke had ever spent in hospital.
It was advised that he stay in hospital following the successful surgery as infections and complications can arise as a result of heart-related procedures.
On release, the Duke was pushed in a wheelchair to a waiting vehicle and returned to Windsor castle.
Ms Nicholl added: “It was a great relief to see him leave in a car, not an ambulance, but he did look very, very frail in the backseat and I know the family are relieved he’s home but also deeply concerned about his health.”
Following the bombshell interview, the Sussexes spoke to US show host Gayle King on the phone.
Ms King said the interview would not have continued if the Duke had died after a deal was made with broadcasters CBS – and added that the interview was filmed before Philip went into hospital.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
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“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.”
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