Queen ‘was at Philip’s side as he died after he vowed to not return to hospital’

The Queen was at Prince Philip’s bedside when he died at Windsor Castle and vowed not to go back to hospital, it is reported.

Prince Philip died just two months before his 100th birthday on Friday, April 9, with his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, at his side.

The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have refused to go back to hospital as he became "gravely ill," with sources claiming there is "no way" he would have wanted to die in a medical facility.

In the lead-up to his death, Prince Philip spent a month-long stay in a London Hospital where he underwent heart surgery and was treated for an infection.

He was discharged on March 16 after reportedly spending much of his time "trying to get home" to his dear wife.

A source told the Telegraph doctors operated to give Britain’s longest-serving consort "a little longer," but he "just wanted to be back in his own bed".

Insiders reportedly said there is "no way" he would have "wanted to die in hospital" and in his final days, the Queen, 94, was at her husband's side.

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A source said: "He spent most of the four weeks he was in hospital trying to get home. They operated on his heart in a bid to give him a little longer, maybe with the 100th birthday in mind.

"But he didn't really care about that. He just wanted to be back in his own bed.

"There is no way he would have wanted to die in hospital."

  • Prince Philip's last wish was to die peacefully in his bed and do things his way

In the hours following Prince Philip’s death, Queen Elizabeth was comforted by her three sons who rushed to her side.

Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward all comforted their mother, with Andrew arriving at the castle first to console the Queen.

Andrew is said to have seen police at around 10.40am and the Duke, who lives at Royal Lodge on the estate, arrived at the back entrance just five minutes after.

Prince Edward was next to arrive, bolting to his mother's side by 11.15am, with Prince Charles arriving by Friday afternoon from Highgrove, his Gloucestershire estate.

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