Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after successful hip operation

Prince Philip in 'good spirits' after successful hip operation

Prince Philip has undergone a "successful" hip operation and is recovering well, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Palace said Prince Philip was "comfortable and in good spirits" and is "progressing satisfactorily at this early stage".

Prince Philip is in "good spirits" following an operation on his hip.

He had the surgery at King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday in a planned procedure after suffering with a hip problem for about a month.

The exact nature of Philip's hip problem was unclear but Buckingham Palace said an update on his health would be given when appropriate.

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It is understood, however, that The Queen's husband will be operated on while he is under a general anaesthetic.

He also missed the Easter Sunday service traditionally attended by the royal family at St George's Chapel in Windsor to the west of London, where his grandson Prince Harry is due to marry USA actress Meghan Markle next month. At times blunt to the point of rudeness, Philip is Elizabeth's most important support.

According to the Daily Mail's Richard Kay, Philip accepted medical advice after being told his hip complaint could prevent him from participating in his "beloved" sport of carriage driving. When it was announced past year that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and that he had the full support of the Queen.

Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child this month, and Prince Harry plans to marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

Outspoken, irascible and intensely private, the former naval officer has been one of the most influential figures in the British royal family for decades.

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