The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, is in shock after Meghan and Harry have announced that they are quitting their royal duties.
Frail Philip has always been extremely close to Harry and he left “deeply hurt” at his decision to step back from duties.
It just comes out 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 is absolutely no doubt about how he feels. Philip has accused Harry and Meghan of lacking respect and he is wary of their behavior.
“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 Philip’s anger comes from seeing Her Majesty upset.”
Prince Philip spent four nights in the hospital before Christmas for treatment and now he is spending time with the Queen in Norfolk.
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 anybody’s company before he feels exhausted. But that has not stopped him from venting his feelings in the clearest terms possible.
“He’s fully aware of what is happening, and is truly mystified by this week’s events.”
Philip shares a close bond with Harry and attended his wedding to Meghan even after his ribs were cracked from falling in a bathroom. Just before the big day in May 2018.
A source said: “He won’t 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 sickbed 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 isn’t afraid to firmly express his views — whoever they may upset.”
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