KEY POINTS

  • Prince Philip made his first public appearance since returning from the hospital 
  • Prince Philip left Sandringham before Queen Elizabeth's crisis talk with Prince Harry
  • Prince Philip looked frail and thin during his recent sighting

Prince Philip was photographed leaving Sandringham just hours before Queen Elizabeth met up with Prince Harry and the other senior royals.

The sighting was the first time that the Duke of Edinburgh has been seen after he returned home from the hospital last month. Just a few days before Christmas, the dad of four was rushed to King Edward VII hospital to seek treatment for a pre-existing condition.

New photos of the Queen’s husband show Prince Philip looking thin and frail. He also has a glum or serious expression on his face.

The Duke of Edinburgh is sitting in the passenger seat of his Range Rover while being driven to Norfolk by his friend, Penelope Brabourne. Prince Philip is no longer allowed to drive his own vehicle after his license was revoked last year.

Meanwhile, even though Prince Philip has retired from his royal duties years ago, he is still very protective of his wife. In fact, a source told The Sun that the 98-year-old is deeply hurt by what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step back from their royal duties earlier this week. The move, according to the source, is regarded as an utter disrespect to Her Majesty.

“He has left the Queen is absolutely no doubt about how he feels. Philip has accused Harry and Meghan of lacking respect and he is weary of their behavior. They did not spend Christmas with the family – which he and the Queen accepted – and now this. His primary concern is the impact this is having on the Queen,” the source said.

The insider added that much of Prince Philip’s anger comes from seeing his 93-year-old wife upset.

As of late, Prince Philip has not spoken to Prince Harry and Markle. The last time that he was photographed with the royal couple was after their son, Archie was born.

Prince Philip Pictured: Prince Philip leaves St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Photo: Getty Images/Gareth Fuller-WPA Pool