Although some wish to become centenarians, reaching that milestone anniversary was not what Prince Philip wanted.
At least, that’s what the British royal reportedly told Telegraph reporter Gyles Brandreth in a 2000 interview.
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Brandreth recalled the conversation he had with Philip, then 79, in an article he wrote in 2019.
According to the journalist and television presenter, Philip had “no desire” to celebrate his 100th birthday.
“I can’t imagine anything worse,” says Brandreth, the late monarch told him at the turn of the millennium (via The Telegraph). “‘Pieces of me are already falling.'”
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Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021. He was two months and a day missing to reach his 100th birthday.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Philips’ death in a statement Friday morning.
“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement read. “Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
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The Duke of Edinburgh is survived by his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and four children: Prince Charles, 72; Princess Anne, 70; Prince Andrew, 61, and Prince Edward, 57.
Philip and Elizabeth had been married for 73 years.
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A funeral service for the monarch is scheduled for Saturday April 17, 2021 at St George’s Chapel, according to a statement.
“The plans for the funeral are in line with the personal wishes of the Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said. “And the occasion will recognize and celebrate the Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
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Prior to his death, Philip made a few hospital visits between February and March. He was admitted for not feeling well and was treated for pre-existing heart disease, according to reports.
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