Prince Charles was pictured with tears in his eyes after visiting his father in hospital a few weeks ago and now a royal commentator claims Prince Philip had ‘three important things to say’ to his son at the time.
Now, royal expert Robert Jobson claims in a column for the Daily Mail that Prince Charles relayed his final wishes to Prince Charles during the hospital visit.
Prince Philip is believed to have requested to see Prince Charles at the hospital, where he reportedly told him to “care for the Queen when he was gone” and told Charles how he “should lead the royal family through the years ahead”.
According to Robert, the Duke of Edinburgh also “expressed a wish to go finally home” during Prince Charles’ visit.
Yesterday, Prince Charles paid a touching tribute to his father, saying his ‘dear papa’ would have been amazed by the outpouring of grief.
"My father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the queen, to my family, to the country and also to the whole of the Commonwealth," Charles told reporters, wearing a black necktie of mourning.
"My dear Papa was a very special person who above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.
"And from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.
"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously."
Charles said his father was a "much loved" and appreciated figure and he would be "so deeply touched" by the messages of sorrow and support from around the world and the Commonwealth.
Prince Philip passed away on Friday at Windsor Castle, with his death officially announced in a statement by Buckingham Palace.
"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," the statement read.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
Yesterday, a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip was posted to the royal family’s Instagram account, alongside a caption detailing a quote from the Queen from 1997, which read: “𝘏𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴, 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘺, 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘰𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘣𝘵 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮, 𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸.”
Buckingham Palace also yesterday revealed details of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th.
It will be a ceremonial royal funeral, rather than a state funeral and will recognise and celebrate Prince Philip’s more than 70 years of service to the commonwealth.
On the day, Prince Philip’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover - which the duke was involved in the design of .
Members of the royal family and the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal household will walk behind the coffin from the Quadrangle, down Chapel Hill and into Horseshoe Cloister. The Funeral Service will begin with a minute’s silence at 3pm.
While a list of guests set to attend the funeral has not been released, in line with coronavirus restrictions in the UK, only 30 of Prince Philip’s nearest and dearest will be allowed to enter the church.