Why Prince Philip Might Not Be at the Royal Wedding

His attendance isn't guaranteed.

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Prince Harry is very close to his grandfather Prince Philip. So close, in fact, that the Duke of Edinburgh's health reportedly the date of the royal wedding.

"He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen," back in November.

"In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly — this is really whirlwind by royal standards — is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding."

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But even with that forethought, Prince Philip might not be there to celebrate his grandson's marriage to Meghan Markle on May 19.

In the slew of royal wedding updates, which included the news that will , and the newlyweds plan to postpone their honeymoon, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace shared that Prince Philip might not be at the royal wedding.

When asked about his attendance, a spokesperson for the royal family , "We very much hope so," and that there would be more information "closer to the time."

Prince Philip, who is 96, in April, and has not been seen at many public engagements this spring. The procedure was successful, and he is currently recovering at Windsor Castle.

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Shortly after the Duke of Edinburgh left the hospital, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying "His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.”

In late April, the Queen that Philip was "getting on very well," and on May 11, he made his first post-surgery public appearance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, so we're keeping our fingers crossed we see him on Prince Harry's big day.

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