Prince Philip , the 95-year old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England, decided to minimize his public duties and appearances, the Buckingham Palace Press service announced in a statement.
The announcement was the result of a meeting that took place in London on Thursday, which spawned some controversy and media attention. In the last couple of months, rumors have been circulating around United Kingdom claiming that Queen Elizabeth is seriously ill or that she had even passed away and that the Royal family isn’t yet ready to disclose it to the public.
A dozen television news crews headed to Buckingham Palace in the early morning, and the website of one tabloid reported, in an article that was quickly taken down, that the prince had died.
However, the rumors were debunked on Wednesday, when both of them met Prime Minister Theresa May, with Prince Philip cutting a ribbon to open a new stand of seats at a cricket ground.
But still, his decision to stay away from the public eye remains unchanged. “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year,” the palace statement said. “In taking this decision, the duke has the full support of the queen.”
The statement gave no reason for his decision, adding that “Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, will continue to carry out a full program of official engagements with the support of members of the royal family”.
Some media and analysts suggest that these recent events could be a proof that Queen Elizabeth is trying to dictate and control the entire Royal family, imposing her will and dominance when it comes to decision-making and domestic politics. But others point out that she is merely doing her royal duty, and that, as the acting head of the Family, she deserves to be granted more power and privileges than others.