FOX host Brian Kilmeade has claimed that Prince Philip was “enraged” by Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah and that it “definitely added to his stress” as he tried to recover in hospital.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday morning that the Duke of Edinburgh passed away “peacefully” at home in Windsor Castle aged 99.
Philip’s death comes just weeks after he was taken to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 after feeling unwell.
Two weeks later, he was transferred to St Bart’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and heart condition.
While recuperating in the hospital, the Royal Family was hit with the scandalous claims made by Meghan and Harry as they spoke to Oprah.
In the interview, Meghan told Oprah an unnamed member of the royal family asked "how dark" her son Archie's skin color would be.
The Duchess also appeared to suggest that Archie was not made a prince because he is mixed race despite royal protocols stating that a great-grandchild of the monarch cannot hold such a title unless they are the off-spring of a direct heir to the throne.
As he paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh during Fox & Friends on Friday, Kilmeade suggested that “you factor in this” when talking about his death.
“There are reports that he was enraged after the interview and the fallout of the interview with Oprah Winfrey,” the Fox host said.
“Here he is trying to recover and then he gets hit with that.”
KIlmeade returned to the subject later, referencing comments by Piers Morgan about the decision to go ahead with the interview when the Duke was recovering.
“Piers Morgan said on his morning show which he famously walked off of, he said ‘really he’s in hospital, your grandfather's in the hospital, he’s really not doing well, is this really the time you have to put out this interview?”
“Evidently, it definitely added to his stress,” Kilmeade claimed.
Fox News contributor Miranda Devine also criticized the timing of the interview, claiming it was a “destructive and selfish thing.”
“They know what a rock that he is in the Royal Family,” Devine said.
“He was in hospital for a month with a heart problem and an infection. That’s serious at the age of 99 and they knew that the Queen had enough on her plate.
“She and Prince Philip had been living in a bubble in Windsor Castle because of Covid and she did not need this drama to happen – the worst drama of her reign really – to accuse the Royal Family of being racist.”
Devine suggested that “a lot of people immediately assumed that Meghan and Harry when they accused the Royal Family of such a heinous crime, they were talking about Prince Philip.”
She noted that Harry had come out the next day to say it was not the Queen or Prince Philip but believed they still should have waited for the interview.
“They didn’t have to do the interview then,” she told Fox News.
“They could have easily done it months from now and it just made no sense.
“It was a cruel thing to do. They’re a family and they all obviously love Harry and would tolerate his wife no matter what," she added.
“It’s like any family that has in-laws that don’t quite get on with the family.”
Devine added that it would “be wiser if Meghan did stay behind and let Harry go by himself” to the funeral.
“Very historic day, very sad day for the Queen she’ll be all alone in Windsor Castle,” she concluded.
Prince Philip passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.
Her Majesty, 94, today shared a poignant photo of Philip as she talked of her "deep sorrow" in a heartfelt tribute to her "beloved" husband.
The tragic news is a huge blow to the Queen, with the Duke widely known to be her "strength and guide" and the backbone of the Royal Family.
The devastating announcement comes after a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan and Harry quit the royal family.
The split was widened after the Oprah interview last month.
When asked if about the racism claims, Prince William said: "We are very much not a racist family."
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