Prince Philip has thanked well-wishers and the medical team who cared for him during his 28-day hospital stay in a rare message.
The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, London, this morning after undergoing surgery for a pre-existing heart condition. He was also treated for an infection during his stay.
He waved to photographers as he drove back to Windsor Castle, where he has now been reunited with the Queen.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
A source added that the Duke is in “good spirits”.
After his long stay in hospital – his longest ever – Prince Philip left in a wheelchair and was helped into the back seat of a black BMW at about 10.30am on Tuesday.
Privacy screens were set up as a group of photographers and well-wishers had gathered outside the hospital.
He was then driving the 20 miles back to Windsor, where he has spent lockdown.
During his time in hospital the royal family have faced a very difficult week as they were left to deal with the fallout from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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They were accused of racism and denying Meghan help for her mental health.
The Queen said the issues were concerning, but that “some recollections may vary” and the matter was a family one that would be dealt with privately.
The Duke of Cambridge, meanwhile, defended the House of Windsor, saying on a visit to a school in east London: “We’re very much not a racist family.”