FUMING Prince Philip reacted with disbelief at Harry and Meghans decision to quit as frontline royals, saying: What the hell are they playing at?
The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was furious over their bombshell announcement and accused them of a lack of respect for the Queen.
Prince Philip was left ‘deeply hurt’ by Meghan and Harry’s decision
Meghan and Harry chose not to spend Christmas at Sandringham, choosing to celebrate it in Canada instead
Frail Philip, who is now largely bed-ridden, has always been extremely close to Harry and has been left deeply hurt at his decision to step back from duties.
The shock move hastily revealed on social media comes just weeks after the Prince was treated in hospital in the run-up to Christmas.
A source said: To say that the Duke feels let down would be a considerable understatement. He is deeply hurt.
He spends much of his time now confined to his cottage at Sandringham.
But he was spitting blood when aides informed him what had happened.
He has left the Queen in absolutely no doubt about how he feels. Philip has accused Harry and Meghan of lacking respect and he is weary of their behaviour.
They did not spend Christmas with the family which he and the Queen accepted and now this. His primary concern is the impact this is having on the Queen.
A lot of Philips anger comes from seeing Her Majesty upset.
Prince Philip, who spent four nights in hospital before Christmas for treatment on a pre-existing condition, is spending time with the Queen in Norfolk.
He is staying at Sandringhams Wood Farm, which is detached from the main estate and removes him from the daily grind. But he was briefed by aides over the statement by Harry and Meghan.
The pair posted it on their Sussex Royal Instagram page at 6.30pm on Wednesday after HOAR had earlier revealed their plans to move to Canada.
Our source added: Prince Philip is largely bed-ridden and is not in good health.
He can only spend about ten minutes at a time in anybodys company before he feels exhausted. But that has not stopped him from venting his feelings in the clearest terms possible.
Hes fully aware of what is happening, and is truly mystified by this weeks events.
Philip has a close bond with Harry and attended his wedding to Meghan despite cracking ribs in a bathroom fall just before the big day in May 2018.
He had also undergone hip surgery six weeks before but was said to be determined to make it to the church both for his devotion to duty and also to show his love for Harry and his wife.
Prince Philip has been dubbed the Protector of the monarchy
But the Duke has lost his temper several times over family matters in the past often when he felt other royal wives such as Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson had stepped out of line.
A source said: He wont be happy about the idea that Meg and Harry need a break from royal duties. This is a man who has dragged himself off his sick bed and even though nearly 100 years old is committed to serving the monarchy.
He was very unforgiving of Diana and Fergie appearing, in his eyes, to damage the reputation of the Royal Family.
Philip is a no-nonsense man who speaks his mind and isnt afraid to firmly express his views whoever they may upset.
Harry and Meghan flew back to the UK on Monday after a six-week hiatus in Canada. There they spent eight-month-old son Archies first Christmas along with Meghans mother Doria Ragland, 63.
Meghan jetted back to their 11million bolthole on Vancouver Island on Thursday night and Prince Harry is expected to join her as early as next weekend.
First the Prince sixth in line to the throne has engagements, including hosting the Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday,
Philip has been a key force in modernising the monarchy, allowing greater access and transparency, and welcomed Meghan into the fold when she became a royal bride.
But his announcement in August 2017 that he was retiring from public life is said by insiders to be one of the key factors in the development of the Sussex situation.
The Duke often dubbed the Protector of the monarchy has since taken more of a backseat role in family life, meaning the Queen has lost a key gate-keeper.
Philips retirement was then followed by the sudden departure of the Queens powerful private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt. Royal insiders said yesterday the two events created a power vacuum and contributed to Harry and Meghans growing estrangement from his family.
Things got so bad last year, the 93-year-old Queen made a rare phone call to Harry to ask if he and his family would be spending Christmas at Sandringham.
Sources also said Prince Andrews removal from public life after his car-crash BBC TV interview with Emily Maitlis about his paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein has added to the problems.
Harrys uncle is said to have played a role in advising the younger family members.
Yesterday senior royals were locked in intense talks as they try to forge a workable solution. Her Majesty is said to want the row resolved within 72 hours with clear future roles for the couple.
The monarch has reportedly ordered courtiers to turn this crisis into an opportunity.
It comes amid fears that Harry and Meghan, along with Archie, may never return permanently to the UK.
PR experts have said they could make millions plugging products via social media, where they are key influencers.
The couple are also said to have sought advice from former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle who both brought out best-selling autobiographies.
Industry insiders predict former Suits actress Meghan who wrote a blog called The Tig could make up to 50million if she wrote a book.
Television companies are also said to be clamouring for an interview with the couple or even Meghan alone which would command a six- figure fee.