Prince Philip Is Reportedly Not Aware of the Full Extent of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Tell-All Fallout

The royal family has reportedly made an effort to shield ailing Prince Philip from details of the Sussexes' tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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  • Even though the explosive, tell-all interview that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) did with Oprah Winfrey has been dominating headlines since it premiered earlier this month, the royal family has done everything they can to shield the ailing Prince Philip from the drama, a royal expert says.
  • "The family are very keen that he's not aware of the full extent of the interview," royal author and expert Katie Nicholl (opens in new tab) explained in a recent interview, adding that while it's been "impossible for him to completely avoid it....efforts were made to protect [Prince Philip] from the full force of the fallout."
  • In a recent column for Vanity Fair, Nicholl wrote that Harry has been in regular contact with this grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and that he's been receiving regular updates about his grandfather's health.

Prince Philip (opens in new tab) has been focused on his recovery in recent weeks, even as revelations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive, tell-all interview (opens in new tab) with Oprah Winfrey have dominated the headlines.

In an interview with Australian outlet 9Honey (opens in new tab), royal author and expert Katie Nicholl explained that the royal family has made a point of shielding the 99-year-old royal from the fallout in the press from Harry and Meghan's 90-minute sit-down with Oprah.

"The family are very keen that he's not aware of the full extent of the interview," Nicholl explained. The royal expert went on to say that the breadth of coverage of the Sussexes' interview (opens in new tab) has made it "impossible for him to completely avoid it....efforts were made to protect [Prince Philip] from the full force of the fallout."

Earlier this week, the Duke of Edinburgh left the hospital after a monthlong stint that included a procedure for a heart condition.

"It was a great relief to see him leave in a car, not an ambulance, but he did look very, very frail in the backseat and I know the family are relieved he's home but also deeply concerned about his health," Nicholl said, according to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab).

In a post for Vanity Fair (opens in new tab), Nicholl said that Harry has been in regular contact with this grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and that he's been receiving regular updates about his grandfather's health.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.