What Philip really knew about Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview while he was in hospital
Prince Philip spent his longest-ever stint in hospital from mid-February until early March this year, right in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.
At the time, there was speculation around how much the Duke of Edinburgh knew about the TV tell-all and how he would react when news of it reached him.
It was widely reported that details of the interview were kept from the duke as he underwent surgery.
However, royal experts are now claiming that the is no chance the royal family would have kept the Oprah interview from him entirely.
Roya Nikkhah, royal correspondent for The Times, said that Philip "would have known a lot of what was going on" because the Queen still speaks to him regularly about important family matters.
With 73 years of marriage behind them, it's hard to believe the couple would keep much from each other, even while Philip was in hospital for treatment for a pre-existing condition.
"We hear from people close to The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh that she still discusses family matters with him and still sees him as the head of the family, behind the scenes," Nikkah told Royalty TV's The Royal Beat.
"I suspect he would have known a lot of what was going on. I think he would have had a few fruity words to say about the Oprah interview, put it that way."
She added that Philip likely had access to newspapers while in hospital and could have kept up with the news of Harry and Meghan's interview that way.
However, Russel Myers, royal editor for The Mirror, claimed that details from the interview may have left the duke frustrated.
"Prince Philip probably wanted to bash some heads together I would imagine. He is not one for any nonsense," Myers claimed.
After more than seven decades at the Queen's side, Philip has seen his fair share of royal "nonsense" and drama, as well as the fallout of other tell-all royal interviews.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told 9Honey that other senior royals have probably tried to protect the 99-year-old from the full fallout of Harry and Meghan's Oprah chat.
"The family are very keen that he's not aware of the full extent of the interview," she explained.
While the constant media coverage of the tell-all may have made it "impossible for him to completely avoid it", Nicholl says "efforts were made to protect him from the full force of the fallout".
Philip was hospitalised for one month, moving between two different hospitals as he underwent treatment and surgery for a heart condition.