Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said Prince Philip’s age prevented him from advising Meghan and Prince Harry on his decision to step down as Duke of Edinburgh senior royals. She told Fox News: “At his great age, there was a limit to how much he wanted to be involved.
“At that age, you don’t have the energy and drive to interfere too much in your grandchildren’s lives.
“The younger Prince Philip is, the more influential he is.
“He says to Harry, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?
“‘Do you know what you are giving up?
“‘You must not be one step outside the palace and another step outside.
“‘You have to make a decision and I do not want you to worry.”
The Duke of Edinburgh is believed to have been sympathetic to Meghan, who came from another country and had work experience before joining the Royal Family in May 2018.
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Like Meghan, the Duke was an outsider when he married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
And, according to Ms Seward, during his first years at the palace he was viewed “terribly” by some courtiers.
She continued: “I think Philip really understands that Meghan is struggling with royal life and that he is supportive of her.”
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The age of Prince Philip did not influence his desire to step into the lives of the younger royals to give his advice, but brought some discomfort to the aging kingdom, according to Ms Seward.
However, Duke did not address the health problems that come with age, such as eyesight, mobility or hearing, and pursued his interests.
In his book The Expert, Prince Philip reveals: “Despite his lack of cognitive ability, made with practical intelligence, and the Queen complained that he could not hear a thing, he continued to listen to and watch music on television with subtitles.
“He still painted when the mood took over and although his eyesight was blurred and he always needed glasses, he enjoyed writing long letters and reading.
“The extensive Sandringham Library is the goldmine of biographies he wanted to read.
“Philip always enjoyed an interesting mind and when he grew up he forgot names, he retained the desire for self-improvement and tried to lose it when he thought it was over or could not find the right word.
“He used all the tools recommended and refused to give in to brain fatigue.”
Prince Philip himself admitted that the developing age came with some problems.
In an interview marking his 90th birthday, he recorded six years before retiring, Duke said: “I’m done.
“So, I want to have a little more fun now, with less responsibility, less ventic ishing rushing, less preparation, less trying to think of anything to say.
“On top of that, your memory is going. I can not remember the names and things.
“It’s a good idea to get out before you reach your sale date.”