Prince Philip’s cause of death has officially been confirmed, after being certified by Sir Huw Thomas, the head of the royal medical household and the physician to the Queen.
According to the Telegraph – who allegedly obtained his death certificate – the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh died of ‘old age’. Typically, the term ‘old age’ is acceptable as a cause of death if the patient is over 80 years old and if the physician has personally cared for them over a long period of time.
The physician, Sir Huw Thomas, has been looking after Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth ever since 2014. This June, Philp would have turned 100, but he had long been plagued by health issues in recent years, after retiring from his public duties in 2017.
In 2018, he abruptly cancelled his appearance at the traditional Maundy church service that he was meant to attend with the monarch. Philip also skipped Easter Sunday services that year, ahead of the announcement that he underwent hip replacement surgery.
The following year, in 2019, the royal had a car accident that resulted in him voluntarily giving up his license. That same year, he was also hospitalised for a ‘pre-existing condition’.
On February 16th, Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital again for a few days of observation after feeling unwell and being treated for an infection, as per Buckingham Palace.
He was then transferred to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital for an operation on what was called a ‘pre-existing heart condition’. He returned to Windsor Castle on March 16 and on April 9, Prince Philip died ‘peacefully’.