Steadfast until his last breath, Prince Philip spent his final three weeks leading an “ordinary, non-palace life” at Windsor Castle. Upon his return from a lengthy stint in hospital three weeks ago, a defiant Prince Philip wanted to savor life’s simple pleasures.
Setting up at Windsor Castle, where he and Queen Elizabeth II have spent most of their time during the coronavirus pandemic, the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was eager to be rid of routines that were par for the course of a royal life he’d been accustomed for seven decades.
Steadfast in his pursuit of taking care of his own well-being, royal insiders say Philip was mainly trying to manage his own affairs despite his frailty. This included dressing in a shirt, jumper, trousers, and shoes when he felt well enough to leave his room, refusing to wear a hearing aid, and canceling his 7.30am morning tea tray in bed so he was able to dine with the Queen at leisure.
According to the Daily Mail, the royal dropped his reading glasses as a servant rushed to collect them for him in one instance. “Never mind,” he said. “I’ll do it”. He was “calmer and quieter”, the insider added.
He used a walking stick to freely move around, occasionally having to be pushed in a wheelchair, which he despised. An insider told the publication, “When it first appeared in the private rooms, he shouted: ‘Get that bloody thing out of my sight!’.” Though he was sleeping much of the day, with photo frames of his wife and mother on his bedside table, Philip and his Queen still managed to take precious time together to
smell the roses of their pristine surroundings. On pleasant days, Philip would sit draped in a blanket on a chair on the veranda, having naps in the sunshine. He also enjoyed reading and writing letters and was recently speaking to loved ones on the phone. He was adamant this was where he wanted to be. “When he came back to Windsor, he said he was not going back to any hospital. No-fuss was the constant refrain,” an insider added.