Prince Philip Asked Prince Charles To Take Care Of The Queen In 'Heartfelt' Discussion Before His Death, Insider Reveals

Apr. 12 2021, Updated 12:00 p.m. ET

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Prince Philip had three requests before he passed away, which he relayed to his eldest son, Prince Charles

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The duke — who died on Friday, April 9, at 99 years old — told Charles to care for his wife, Queen Elizabeth, when he's gone, in addition to discussing how he should lead the royal family going forward, according to the Mirror.

Lastly, Philip was adamant on dying in his own bed at Windsor Castle instead of in a hospital. Philip was released from the hospital in mid-March after a 28-day stay — his longest ever — and made it clear that he did not want to return. 

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While Philip was away, Charles — who was the only one of Philip's children to visit him in the hospital — had a "full and frank" and "heartfelt" discussion, a royal source told the outlet. 

Charles was supposedly in touch with his father via telephone and in person before he passed away; the last time he saw him was on Tuesday, April 6.

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One day after Philip's death, Charles shared a sweet message about his father. 

"I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth," the 72-year-old said in a statement, which was captured on camera. 

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"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow," Charles continued.

He concluded, "My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you." 

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