On Friday, Kensington Palace confirmed that the youngest member of the royal family, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, will not be attending his uncle Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle. And now it appears that one of the oldest members of the royal family, 96-year-old Prince Philip, may also have to miss the festivities on May 19.
According to People, a palace representative revealed at a press briefing that Prince Philip is still recovering from the hip replacement surgery he had on April 4. The rep added that the couple has “very much hope” that the prince will be in attendance, but they will wait to see how he will feel closer to the wedding date before making a final decision.
Prince Philip worked well into his 90s, choosing only to retire in the summer of 2017. Previously, he travelled extensively on behalf of the Commonwealth but chose to slow down, with full support of his wife, after health issues made travel more difficult. Ninety-two-year-old Queen Elizabeth II now makes many appearances without Prince Philip. As of late, he had to miss Easter Sunday service that came right after the same surgery and was unable to travel with the queen to meet newborn Prince Louis earlier this week.
Regardless, the Palace’s recent statement on the week’s festivities did state that Meghan’s family will be arriving in the U.K. ahead of the wedding to spend time with and get to know Harry’s family, including Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip is also spending his days resting at Windsor Castle, the same locale of the royal wedding, so he won’t be terribly far away from the fun.