Prince Philip Almost Didn't Attend Princess Eugenie's Wedding

He doesn't exactly get along with her mother, Sarah Ferguson.

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Prince Philip is a mystery, which is why many royal fans were unsure if Philip would attend his granddaughter Princess Eugenie's wedding (opens in new tab) today at Windsor Castle. Over the summer, a source from People (opens in new tab) said the 97-year-old "does what he wants," and he most certainly does. However, this morning he ultimately decided to make an appearance.

The Queen's husband retired from his royal duties last year, and has kept a pretty low profile ever since. (He's also been recovering from his extensive hip surgery (opens in new tab).) Although he's had an accidental visit to a film set (opens in new tab) (where he chose not to say hello to the actors) and is often spotted driving around in his Range Rover, he doesn't make appearances at royal events. He had a rare moment with the Queen this summer when they attended church together in Scotland (opens in new tab), though that was technically supposed to be private.

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Prince Philip and Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, don't have the best relationship (opens in new tab) either, which is another reason why it was a toss-up on whether he would attend. He reportedly called Fergie a "royal embarrassment" and "having no point (opens in new tab)" after her toe-sucking scandal years ago. (Yes, that's a thing. More on it here (opens in new tab).)

The Duke of Edinburgh went to his grandson Prince Harry's wedding (opens in new tab) to Meghan Markle in May. He's seemingly very close to Eugenie (she called him the family's "rock" (opens in new tab)), which is likely why he arrived with the Queen to Eugenie and Jack's ceremony despite the royal drama. Her Majesty looked elegant (per usual) in a Stewart Parvin ice blue cashmere coat (opens in new tab) with diamanté buttons.

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'When he forgot to let the corgis out to pee before they left the Palace.'

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There is one royal family member, however, still missing from the wedding party. Prince Charles' wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, decided to skip Eugenie's big day (opens in new tab) because she already committed to an official engagement with school children in Scotland. It's unknown whether Philip will be at the reception, but it's likely considering it's a private event.

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