Prince Philip, the husband of British Queen Elizabeth II, was seen leaving hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection and undergoing heart surgery.
Philip, 99, was first admitted to a London hospital on February 16. He stayed there for 28 nights, his longest hospital stay. On March 4, Buckingham Palace announced he had undergone successful medical intervention for heart disease after being transferred to another hospital days earlier.
His time in hospital coincided with a tumultuous time for the royal family. Prince Harry, Philip’s grandson, with his wife Meghan, spoke about their reasons for stepping down from their roles as royals and their reasons for leaving the UK in a much-discussed interview with the media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Harry said an unnamed royal insider had conversations with him about his children’s skin color. Meghan’s mother is Black.
Meghan also said she had suicidal thoughts during her tenure as royal.
After nearly two days of silence, Buckingham Palace issued a short statement saying the Royal Family were ‘saddened’ to learn how difficult the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
Prince William on Thursday denied the British royal family was racist in his first public comments on Harry’s interview.
Harry and Meghan moved with their son Archie to California last year and announced on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting their second child.
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The Queen, 94, continued in her duties during Philip’s stay in hospital. She spoke to scientists and schoolchildren last week during British Science Week. In the video posted by the palace, she remembers meeting the first human to travel in space, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, in 1961.
Prince Charles, the royal couple’s firstborn and heir to the throne, visited his father on February 20.
Philip retired from his public service in 2017 and is not often seen in public. He and the Queen both received their coronavirus vaccinations in early January. In April, Philip released a written statement praising those involved in the fight against the coronavirus.
He and the Queen have been married for 73 years.