PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah interview could burn the couple's final bridge with Prince Philip and the Queen, it has been claimed.

Royal expert Victoria Murphy said the Oprah interview put the popularity of the monarchy on the line.

But she said the row had gone beyond criticism of the institution — and could burn any personal bridges Harry and Meghan still have.

"There's only so much you can separate the individuals and the people from their roles and the positions that they have within "The Firm", and if you're attacking one, then you're also attacking the other," she added.

The news comes as the Duke of Edinburgh, who is just three months from his 100th birthday, underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

"His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.

He is undergoing testing for his pre-existing heart problem at the hospital, which is one of the country’s leading specialist cardiac centres.

Follow our Prince Philip live blog below for the very latest on his condition…

  • Joseph Gamp

    CAMILLA SAYS SHE SUFFERED NO SIDE EFFECTS FROM COVID JAB

    The Duchess of Cornwall has said she suffered no side effects from her Covid-19 jab, and it was painless even though she dislikes needles.

    Camilla continued the royal family’s prominent support of the UK’s vaccination rollout as she carried out an official engagement at St Paul’s Church, Croydon, which is being used as a centre for administering the injections.

    The duchess also spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, saying her 99-year-old father-in-law was “slightly improving”.

    She said of Philip, who has spent 15 nights in hospital and is undergoing tests for a pre-existing heart condition: “We heard today that he’s slightly improving. So that’s very good news. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE SAYS SHE’S ‘READY TO TALK’ IN THIRD TRAILER FOR CBS INTERVIEW

    In the new clip, Oprah says: “I called you either February or March 2018 before the wedding asking, would you please give me an interview and you said sorry it’s not the right time. And finally, we get to sit down and have this conversation.”

    The 39-year-old responds: “I remember that conversation very well. I wasn’t even allowed to have that conversation with you personally, right. There had to be people from the… sitting there.”

    When asked if people were in the room while they were having the conversation, Meghan says: “yeah, even on that call.”

    She continues: “It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes.

    “I’m ready to talk. To be able to just make a choice on your own. And to be able to speak for yourself.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    TIMELINE OF PHILIP'S STAY IN HOSPITAL

    • Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.
    • Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for "observation and rest" over the weekend and into the next week.
    • Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.
    • Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is "comfortable and responding to treatment", but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days. The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a "lot better" and looking forward to getting out.
    • Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says. The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII's Hospital.
    • Thursday March 4 – Buckingham Palace confirms Philip has undergone a 'successful' heart operation and will remain in hospital for a 'number of days'
    • Friday March 5 – After his successful heart operation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital to recover this morning
    • Joseph Gamp

      BREAKING: MEGHAN MARKLE CLAIMS PALACE BANNED HER FROM PREVIOUS OPRAH INTERVIEW

      Meghan Markle has sensationally claimed the Palace blocked her from doing an interview with Oprah Winfrey before her wedding to Prince Harry.

      The Duchess of Sussex made the bombshell allegation in a new trailer for her interview with the chat show queen released today – as she declared “I’m ready to talk”.

      Read more on the explosive story here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      BUCKINGHAM PALACE CONFIRMS PHILIP HOSPITAL MOVE AFTER 'SUCCESSFUL' HEART OP

      Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "Following The Duke of Edinburgh's successful procedure at St Bartholomew's Hospital on Wednesday, His Royal Highness has been transferred to King Edward VII's Hospital this morning.

      "The Duke is expected to remain in hospital for continuing treatment for a number of days."

      The Duke underwent testing for his pre-existing heart problem at the hospital, which is one of the country's leading specialist cardiac centres.

    • Joseph Gamp

      BREAKING: PRINCE PHILIP RETURNS TO KING EDWARD VII HOSPITAL AFTER SUCCESSFUL HEART OP

      Prince Philip has returned to King Edward VII hospital after a successful heart operation, the Palace has confirmed.

      The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was transferred to St Bartholomew‘s Hospital from the King Edward VII hospital for surgery on Monday.

      Read more here.

    • Patrick Knox

      IN OTHER NEWS: DIANA TOP SPOT FOR HARRY AND MEGHAN'S BABY NAME

      Experts from Gambling.com have released the latest odds on Harry and Meghan's potential baby names. 

      Top of the charts is Diana with odds at 10/1, a tribute to Harry's late mother Princess Diana who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. 

      Harry's older brother Prince William paid tribute to the Princess of Wales in 2015 by giving his second-born child Charlotte the middle name of Diana. 

      If the baby is another boy, Thomas currently holds the highest odds, which is the name of Meghan's father and half-brother, and is currently at 10/1.

    • Patrick Knox

      WHO IS THE IRON DUKE AND WHAT IS HIS BACKGROUND?

      Prince Philip has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years.

      His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, while his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

      Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child.

      Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II.

      A keen sports’ fan, he has been involved in a number of events including developing the equestrian event of carriage driving.

    • Patrick Knox

      NEW CORGIS TO COMFORT QUEEN THROUGH MEGHAN MARKLE STORM

      Her Majesty has a couple of new pups as the Duke of Edinburgh is in hospital.

      The dogs will comfort The Queen as she braces itself for the Sussexes' bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview on CBS on Sunday evening.

      Over the years, The Monarch has had more than 30 corgis.

    • Patrick Knox

      WHAT ARE PRINCE PHILIP’S THREE TITLES?

      When Prince Philip married the Queen in 1947 he was also given three other titles:

      • Duke of Edinburgh
      • Earl of Merioneth
      • Baron Greenwich

      In 1957, the Queen made him an official Prince of the United Kingdom – which she made official in a new letters patent.

      WHEN DOES PRINCE PHILIP TURN 100?

      Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh turned 99 in June, 2020.

      He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100.

      He was born in 1921 in Greece.

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH PRINCE PHILIP?

      The Duke, who turns 100 in June, travelled by car from Windsor to King Edward VII's hospital in Marylebone, central London, on February 16 as a precaution after feeling unwell. 

      The exact reason for his initial admission was not disclosed, but may have involved having a second stent fitted, getting one replaced or having a pacemaker inserted.

      It is said that he was being treated for a pre-existing heart condition.

      The palace confirmed that his latest infection was not related to the coronavirus.

      QUEEN’S SPECIAL BROADCAST TO COMMONWEALTH

      The Queen will address the Commonwealth in a special TV broadcast on Sunday, March 7.

      It’s not known how long the Duke of Edinburgh will remain in hospital for, but the Monarch is still scheduled to share her annual message this weekend.

      Her address is expected to air on BBC One just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey is aired in the U

      THIRD WEEKEND AWAY

      Prince Philip is set to spend a third weekend away from the Queen as Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview airs across the pond. 

      The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, is today spending his 18th day away from Her Majesty as the furore surrounding grandson Harry and his wife Meghan. 

      He has already had a “successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition” and is expected to remain in hospital for “treatment, rest and recuperation” for a number of days.

      MEGHAN’S HALF-BRO: ENTIRE MARKLE FAMILY WISH PHILIP SPEEDY RECOVERY

      Thomas Markle Jr wished the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, well after his successful op.

      Thomas Jr told Bild: "On behalf of the entire Markle family I wish Prince Philip a speedy recovery.

      "I hope all is going well over there from the Markle family."

      Prince Philip is undergoing testing for his pre-existing heart problem at St Bartholomew's hospital in London, which is one of the country’s leading specialist cardiac centres.

      • Patrick Knox

        LONGEST HOSPITAL STAY

        The duke has now spent 16 nights in hospital his longest stay. 

        He was moved by ambulance to St Bartholomew's in the City of London on Monday for tests for a pre-existing heart condition and treatment for an infection.

        Barts is home to one of the world's largest specialist cardiac sites, with consultants that are expert in treating the elderly and severe cases.

        Infections can place considerable strain on a person's heart in old age, especially if they have pre-existing problems.

      • Patrick Knox

        OPRAH INTERVIEW TO GO AHEAD DESPITE PHILIP’S HEART OP

        Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview WILL still air despite Prince Philip’s heart operation.

        The bombshell tell-all interview will be shown by CBS in the US on Sunday night – as the broadcaster has “no intentions” of changing the date, a source said.

        A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “There are a lot of people who are going to talk about this until the programme airs, but the programming and all the rest of it is ultimately up to CBS, we’re not involved in that side of things.

        “As it stands, I don’t think there is any intention from the programme maker to change its air date.”

      • Patrick Knox

        PHILIP’S FANS SEND GET WELL MESSAGES AND BALLOONS

        Kind-hearted Brits are sending ailing Prince Philip get well messages and balloons while he remains in a specialist cardiac unit.

        Pics taken at St Barts Hospital in London show cops bearing people’s gifts to the 99-year-old royal.

        One sweet message decorated with butterflies and flowers was from someone “sending a prayer” his way.

      • Patrick Knox

        BUSINESS AS USUAL

        The Queen has carried on with her royal duties after Prince Philip's heart operation while Harry and Meghan strike a global TV deal.

        Queen Elizabeth II held a telephone audience with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston, Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter.

        The monarch heard about the RAF's "commitment to supporting the nation's response to the pandemic", the post said.

      • Patrick Knox

        ‘REST AND RECUPERATION’

        Buckingham Palace said Philip, the nation's longest-serving consort, had the procedure for his pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London on Wednesday.

        The Palace said the 99-year-old duke will remain in hospital for "treatment, rest and recuperation" for a number of days.

        Concern will be heightened for the duke because of his advanced age, with the Duchess of Cornwall saying on Wednesday that Philip was "slightly improving" and adding: "We'll keep our fingers crossed."

      • Patrick Knox

        INTERVIEW COULD ‘BURN REMAINING BRIDGE WITH ROYAL FAMILY’

        Royal expert Victoria Murphy said the Oprah interview put the popularity of the monarchy on the line.

        But she said the row had gone beyond criticism of the institution — and could burn any personal bridges Harry and Meghan still have.

        "There's only so much you can separate the individuals and the people from their roles and the positions that they have within "The Firm", and if you're attacking one, then you're also attacking the other," she added.

      • Patrick Knox

        THE IRON DUKE IS STILL ACTIVE

        Despite retiring, the Duke has remained active – sending a message to frontline workers at the outbreak of Covid to thank them for their work.

        He also made a rare public appearance last year to pass on his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to Camilla Parker Bowles.

        And Prince Harry very recently reportedly called the Queen about Prince Philip’s health from his home in the US.

      • Britta Zeltmann

        PRINCE PHILIP REMAINS IN HOSPITAL

        Prince Philip has spent another night in hospital after undergoing a "successful" heart operation.

        The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was transferred to St Bartholomew's in London on Monday where he will stay until at least the end of the week.

        A statement from Buckingham Palace said yesterday: "The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

        "His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days."

      • Britta Zeltmann

        OPRAH INTERVIEW 'TO GO AHEAD'

        Prince Philip yesterday underwent a "successful" heart operation as the Royal Family prepares for Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah.

        There have been calls to delay the airing of Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey out of respect for Philip as he recovers in hospital.

        But a source close to the couple said US network CBS is not believed to have any intention of changing the date.

        The insider told PA: "There are a lot of people who are going to talk about this until the programme airs, but the programming and all the rest of it is ultimately up to CBS, we're not involved in that side of things.

        "As it stands, I don't think there is any intention from the programme maker to change its air date."

      • Hana Carter

        WHEN IS PRINCE PHILIP’S BIRTHDAY?

        Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, turned 99 in June, 2020.

        He will hit a significant milestone this year when he turns 100.

        He was born in 1921 in Greece, and has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years.

        His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, while his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

        Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II.

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