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Philip Attended Harry's Wedding in Agonizing Pain & Said 'We Were Wrong' about Meghan a Year Later

Oyin Balogun
May 19, 2022
06:30 P.M.
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Prince Philip was the picture of bravery and tenacity as he trudged on, determined to see his grandson get married to the love of his life despite the pain in his rib caused by a fall while taking a bath days before the ceremony.

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Late Prince Philip, the grandfather of Prince William and Harry, married into the royal family in 1947 when he tied the nuptial knot with Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was designated a prince in 1957, was very fond of his grandchildren, and their relationship grew over time following the death of their mother, Diana, in 1997.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh share a joke on the balcony during Trooping the Color - Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade, at The Royal Horseguards on June 14, 2014 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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After the demise of the Princess of Wales, Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry, alongside their father, Prince Charles, moved in with their grandparents at their Balmoral castle in Scotland.

The understanding grandpa, who shared a soft spot for the boys after losing their mom, tried to keep them busy and occupied.

Prince Philips at the opening of the "First World War In The Air" exhibition at the RAF museum in Hendon on December 02, 2014 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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He entertained them with lots of outdoor activities like hiking to wear them out. During the planning of Princess Diana's funeral, he made sure the boys were the topmost priority and frequently reminded the people in charge of the planning that the occasion was all about the boys.

Former Prime Minister of the UK, Tony Blair's government relations director, Anji Hunter, recalls what the loving grandpa used to say. She said:

"We were all talking about how William and Harry should be involved and suddenly came Prince Philip's voice. We hadn't heard from him before, but he was really anguished. 'It's about the boys,' he cried, 'They've lost their mother."

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prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as Captain General, Royal Marines, making his final individual public engagement while attending a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in London, England | Source: Getty Images

In years to come, Prince Philip and Prince Harry's bond grew tighter as they participated in several Remembrance day activities together. They both served in the armed forces and shared a laugh or two during social gatherings.

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PRINCE PHILIP WENT TO MEGHAN AND HARRY'S WEDDING DESPITE THE PAIN

Members of the royal family as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 , 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince Philip and Prince Harry's relationship did not end even as the latter became a man of his own and married his wife, Meghan Markle.

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The prince warmed up to Markle, welcomed her into the royal household, and tried to make her comfortable. Royal biographer, Ingrid Seward, remarked that:

"Philip welcomed Meghan at the beginning, he knows what it's like to be an outsider, and so he's always very supportive of people marrying into the family."

Prince Harry and Meghan at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Another time Prince Philip showed love to the couple was during their wedding ceremony. The Duke of Edinburgh was in severe pain when he attended their nuptial ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor castle.

The prince who smiled throughout the ceremony and walked unaided had cracked his rib days earlier while taking a bath and was recovering from a rib replacement operation.

Queen Elizabth and Prince Philip in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle ahead of his 99th birthday. | Source :Getty Images

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Determined to attend his grandson's wedding ceremony, the courageous Duke had been taking exercises to be fit for the day. Many people hailed the courageous royal, including Sun doctor Carol Cooper, who said:

"I take my hat off to him. He is clearly a very resolute gentleman who will not stop doing what he needs to do."

Still explaining the magnitude of the monarch's pain, Cooper remarked, "Fractured ribs tend to be quite painful." It's scarce for a fractured rib not to cause pain, even a tiny fracture because your ribs move when you breathe, and every breath you take can be painful.

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Due to the close relationship the monarch shared with his grandson and new wife, Markle, it shocked Prince Philip when the news of Megxit hit him.

The Duke could not understand Prince Harry's decision to leave the royal house and was displeased that the QQueen was informed ten minutes before the press statement. Author and royal biographer Seward commented on the situation, saying:

"He quite liked Meghan at first, but their actions have left a bad taste and as a consequence, the relationship with Harry has suffered."

PRINCE PHILIP WAS FURIOUS OVER MEGHAN AND HARRY'S ANNOUNCEMENT

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

After the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be leaving the royal household and their roles via the Sussex website, many were perturbed, including members of the British monarchy.

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The grandfather of Prince Harry was not left out of this surge of emotions. The royal who held high hopes for Markle and his grandson felt let down that he had made a mistake about the duchess of Sussex.

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Regretting his earlier disposition to the duchess of Sussex, it was recalled that he told one of his close aides, saying, "It appears as if we were wrong about her all along." Philip was infuriated and disturbed after the announcement, and he blurted:

"This shows a complete lack of respect."

A royal aide was reported saying: "The Duke of Edinburgh was furious, deeply hurt, and spitting blood." Queen Elizabeth took the news hard; although she had heard it on the news the previous day, waking up to the screaming headlines of the tabloids had her disappointed.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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What hurt more was that the Sussex couple did not deem it fit to tell her first. This left the monarch heartbroken and betrayed. It was reported that:

"Her majesty was variously described as 'terribly disappointed,' 'devastated' and 'heartbroken' at what senior courtiers described as an act of 'outright betrayal."

The royal biographer, Seward, remarked that "More than an unforgivable breach of etiquette, it is a brutal slap in the face to the entire royal family, but most especially for the queen."

Prince Philip at the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were not left out in this display of emotions. Prince William was taken aback by his brother's decision and wondered how his father, Prince Charles, would take the news.

Kate Middleton sympathized with the royal grandparents and wondered how the news would affect them. She agreed with the journalist that the couple looked happy in their lovely pictures, which had gone viral.

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Prince Charles was reportedly in a rage and was on the verge of throwing objects. The father of Harry is known for his frightening temper, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said she rarely saw him as angry as she did on that day.

Members of the prince of Wales' household remember him rebuking his son for not calling him or the Queen first before making such an announcement and telling him to make amends. Analyzing the stance of prince Charles, Seward, author of "Prince Philip Revealed," said:

"It was up to Harry and Meghan to listen but they didn't and Philip has always been very protective of the Queen so if anyone upsets her, they upset him too. His mantra is the monarchy comes first, second, and third."

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PRINCE PHILIP'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HARRY BEFORE HIS DEATH

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

With the exit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal household, Prince Harry still maintains a cordial albeit strained relationship with his grandparents, especially his grandmother.

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After Megxit, the Oprah interview that Harry and his wife granted, revealing the lack of assistance for mental health-related issues and racial inferences concerning their unborn child, placed tension on their relationship with Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh did not mince words as he aired his opinion concerning the interview and called it "madness" and said "no good will come of it."

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip watch the flypast over The Mall of British and US World War II aircraft from the Buckingham Palace balcony on National Commemoration Day July 10, 2005 in London | Source: Getty Images

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Prince Philip did see eye to eye on Harry's distrust of the media. He sympathized with him and was supportive. He urged him to follow his desire to "do his own thing in his way."

Above all, before his death, Philip was still fond of Harry and praised him for the years he served the British community and thought of him as a good man.

Prince Philip during a visit to the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's 603 Squadron on July 4, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

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After the death of Prince Philip, Harry flew to the UK and attended his official funeral but could not make it for his memorial service. The royal prince did not come with Markle or any nuclear family member. His reason was the lack of protection afforded to his family in the UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are based in the US with their children, and although they are no longer senior members of the royal house, they still have an affiliation with it.

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