Due to his recent health scares, Prince Philip, 97, has missed many royal events including his great-grandson Prince Louis’ christening. And, he was almost not in attendance for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding in May. Unfortuntately, People is now reporting that Philip may skip his granddaughter Princess Eugenie‘s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October — but this time it’s not because of his health.
“He does what he wants,” a source told People. “He made a supreme effort for Harry. I would be very surprised if he did go, because he is so estranged from Fergie. I think he will decide at the 99th hour.” Eugenie’s mom, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, has allegedly not seen eye-to-eye with Philip since she left her former husband, Prince Andrew, in 1996.
It was a miracle that Philip was even able to show up to Harry’s wedding this spring since he was discharged from the hospital only weeks before. The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalized for hip replacement surgery and he later suffered a cracked rib after reportedly slipping and falling while getting ready for Harry’s royal nuptials.
“Nothing was going to stop him attending nor would he take any kind of walking aid,” an insider previously told The Sun. “I take my hat off to him. He is clearly a very resolute gentleman who will not stop doing what he needs to do. Fractured ribs tend to be quite painful. It’s very rare for a fractured rib not to cause pain — even a tiny fracture.”
Since he retired from all of his royal duties last year, Prince Philip does not technically have to make an appearance at royal outings like his wife, Queen Elizabeth. He was last seen in public at the Royal Windsor Cup Polo match on June 24, and if Philip is in good health by this October, he might make an appearance at Eugenie’s wedding or at least give his best to the bride-to-be.
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