Expert claims Prince Philip didn’t want to live to be 100: ‘I can’t imagine anything worse’

The royal will turn 100 in June

Prince Philip
A royal expert claims Prince Philip didn't want to live to 100
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A royal expert has claimed the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t wish to live to be 100 years old.

Prince Philip has entered his centenary year and will mark his 100th birthday on 10th June. But, a royal expert claims the Duke of Edinburgh never wished to live this long.

Ian Lloyd made the admission in the Mail on Sunday, during a round-up of 100 things we didn’t know about Prince Philip.

The royal watcher wrote, “Watching the Queen Mother in her centenary year, he [Prince Philip] declared: ‘God I don’t want to live to be 100. I can’t imagine anything worse.”

Prince Philip and the Queen Mother

Prince Philip saw the Queen Mother turn 100 

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So it’s no surprise the Queen’s husband reportedly wants “nothing to do with any celebrations” and “doesn’t want a fuss” for his upcoming big day.

Despite his wishes, there will be a celebration to mark the milestone birthday. And it’s thought Prince Harry will return to the UK for it - over a year since he and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals.

It is hoped the Prince’s trip home will also coincide with the unveiling of a memorial statue being installed to pay tribute to the late Princess Diana and the Trooping of the Colour. 

The statue will sit in the Sunken Gardens at Buckingham Palace - one of the Princess of Wales’ favourite places. 

Meghan Markle with Prince Harry and Archie

Meghan Markle will not return to the UK with Prince Harry 

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While the trip home will be an important one for the Duke of Sussex, it is thought Meghan Markle will “stay home” when Prince Harry returns to the UK later this year. 

As the reunion of the Fab Four could deter from the significance and cause a media furore. 

An insider revealed, "Harry wants to come back for The Queen and Prince Philip's big birthdays. But it looks likely it will be just him.

"If Meghan comes back, the feeling is that it would overshadow the occasion. People would only be looking at the 'drama' of it all.

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry attend the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park on May 7, 1995 in London, England

The statue will commemorate Princess Diana 

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"Of course she would be welcome, but a decision not to come would postpone that headache for a while at least.”

Palace insiders have said the logistics of such a trip - both with the current global pandemic and Harry and Meghan's one-year-old son Archie - should not be overlooked.

"It should be strongly stressed that there is still an element of uncertainty about this because of the unpredictable Covid situation, but the understanding is the duke is more than likely to come back on his own," a separate source revealed.

"This is a personal and practical decision by the couple, but it would certainly help officials navigate what is likely to be a fairly tricky situation."

Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

Georgia studied Print Journalism at university in Nottingham, England before going on to work on several leading celebrity magazines, as well as freelance writing for international magazine Grazia Middle East. An enthusiastic, hard-working and ambitious writer, Georgia recently launched her own communications consultancy, farq media. As Director and Founder, Georgia helps businesses with their Public Relations strategy, as well as influencer and celebrity marketing. She also represents several influencers of her own. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."