PUBLISHED: 13:32, Tue, Nov 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:32, Tue, Nov 3, 2020
Prince Philip continued to serve the Crown and the Queen despite his deteriorating health, a royal expert has said. Biographer Ingrid Seward claimed the Duke of Edinburgh remained in good shape throughout his 90s.
However, over the past decade, health issues have started to become more prominent and invalidating in his day-to-day life, she added.
The expert wrote in her book Prince Philip Revealed: "What he lacked in muscle power and vitality he made up for with sheer determination, cursing himself for his lack of dexterity, his aching joints, his arthritic hands and inability to hear."
However, this didn't make him relinquish his royal role, Ms Seward noted.
She added: "He refused to give in and when he was still accompanying the Queen to church ceremonies, the order of service was usefully highlighted so he could see when to stand up or sit down."
Prince Philip is no longer a full-time working royal (Image: GETTY)
Prince Philip and the Queen upon announcing their engagement (Image: GETTY)
Among the health issues Ms Seward claims the Duke has started suffering from there are fading eyesight and increasing deafness.
Yet, the biographer claimed, the Duke of Edinburgh has continued for years to explore the extensive collection of book in Sandringham as well as draw paintings and listen to music, unwilling to miss out on these beloved hobbies.
What made it more difficult to carry out royal engagements was his increasing difficulties to get ready, Ms Seward said.
The author wrote: "His main irritation was the amount of time it took to prepare himself for the day and each official engagement took more and more self-discipline.
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Prince Philip suffers increasing deafness, a royal expert said (Image: GETTY)