PRINCE Philip insisted on looking after himself and refused to wear a hearing aid in the days before his death, royal sources say.
The royal reportedly chastised staff who put a wheelchair in his private rooms and insisted on dressing himself in recent months, before he died age 99 on Friday.
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The Duke of Edinburgh still insisted on taking care of himself in recent weeks, sources sayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Despite being in hospital for treatment a matter of weeks ago, sources say the Duke of Edinburgh still wanted to take care of himself when he could.
One aid told the Daily Mail he insisted on bending to the floor and picking up his dropped reading glasses, saying “I’ll do it” when a footman sprung forward.
And the Queen was said to be overheard saying he wouldn’t use his hearing aid, which “means we have to shout”, she noted.
Prince Philip was still reportedly dressing himself until recently and heading out of his room in a smart shirt and jumper on good days.
He would use a stick to walk around his rooms, and rarely allowed himself to be pushed in a wheelchair.
A royal source revealed when it was first put in his rooms he shouted: “Get that bl***y thing out of my sight”.
It comes as:
Buckingham Palace confirmed the sad news he died on Friday morning, with aides saying he had still been “on good form” this week.
And in keeping with his character over the last few months, the Duke will get his dying wish of a small “no-fuss” funeral, thanks to ongoing Covid restrictions.
Instead of the pageantry of a State Funeral, he will have just 30 mourners at the Windsor service, which is thought to be next Saturday.
The poignant ceremony will end with his body being taken to lie in the Royal Vault within St George’s chapel, where he will wait to be reunited with his beloved Queen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be one of just a handful of non-royal mourners.
The plans for his funeral, code-named Operation Forth Bridge, did however include full military honours which will now have to be dramatically scaled back.
Those details included his coffin being moved from Windsor to St James’s Palace in London, before being carried through the streets on a gun carriage.
There were also instructions for a 26-mile cortege procession back to Windsor on the day, allowing mourners to line the streets and pay their final respects.
Just after midday, the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK as the world mourns his death.
The Queen, 94, today shared a poignant photo of Philip in a heartfelt tribute to her “strength and guide”.
The royal passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Devastated mourners gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace this afternoon – with the Royal Family setting up an online book of condolence.
Prince Andrew was in good spirits this week despite recently coming out of hospitalCredit: Getty
He reportedly wanted to not use wheelchairs or hearing aidCredit: Getty – Contributor