Prince Philip was in “good form” just days before his death – spending his final days with his beloved wife ‘Lilibet’ at Windsor Castle, insiders have said.
The Duke was frustrated by Covid restrictions which limited family visits and made nursing visits harder.
Earlier this week he was reportedly still reading and writing letters, and speaking to loved ones on the phone as he is not a fan of using Zoom.
Sources told the Daily Mail that since his return from hospital the 99-year-old had been “calmer and quieter”, and was largely confined to his room.
He kept two framed photos by his bedside – one of his wife and one of his mother, it is claimed.
He was determined to the end that he would die in his own home, and mealtimes were changed so he could dine with the monarch whenever he felt well enough.
The Queen was heard saying that the Duke refused to wear his hearing aid, and he declined to have a staff member pick up his glasses when he dropped them, doing it himself.
Insiders said he cancelled his 7.30am morning tea which would be delivered by a valet, and he had little appetite for the food sent up on a tray.
When he felt well enough he would sit in the sunshine with a blanket over his legs, after leaving his room dressed in a shirt and jumper, freshly pressed trousers and shoes.
With walking increasingly difficult, Prince Philip would use a stick, resisting a wheelchair when aides suggested it.
He would reportedly say: “Get that bloody thing out of my sight!”
An insider said: “When he came back to Windsor he said he was not going back to any hospital.
“No fuss was the constant refrain.”
The Queen announced her “deep sorrow” as she confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh, who had recently been treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection, died on Friday morning, just two months before his 100th birthday.
Dad-of-four Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history, dedicating decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.
A statement from Buckingham Palace, released at midday, 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.”
Philip will lie in rest at the castle but he will not have a state funeral in line with his final wishes. The funeral arrangements are codenamed Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and Unesco World Heritage Site.