The Queen ‘protecting vulnerable Prince Philip’ by cancelling royal engagements

The Queen has cancelled her royal duties amid the coronavirus pandemic in part to protect her husband Prince Philip, an expert has claimed.

As COVID-19 deaths rocket to 103 in the UK, Buckingham Palace has announced Her Majesty will be cancelling all her public appearances.

Royal commentator Angela Mollardon told ROYALS podcast host Zoe Burrell one important reason for this is that Prince Philip is particularly "vulnerable".

She said: "The Queen will still be meeting, as the Palace has said, and will still be having her one-on-one meetings as we saw in The Crown, that's a lot of her work, just having these one-on-ones.

"Interestingly, you watch her, she chooses when those meetings end, the moment that she stands up they have to exit and that's very much how it happens."

But with Prince Philip now aged 98, the Queen may have cause to minimise public outings despite her solid reputation as the most hardworking royal.

"But you have to remember that her husband Prince Philip is very elderly, very vulnerable you have to imagine," Angela continued.

"And so I think the Queen would be very much limiting any kind of interaction, certainly those engagements have gone by the wayside.

"What happens will be, I think like for the rest of us, changing on a daily and weekly basis…"

Prince Philip had an extended hospital stay over the last Christmas period to be treated for a "pre-existing condition", arriving to join the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham on Christmas Eve.

Sadly, Philip had no royal visitors during his four-day stint at London's King Edward VII's Hospital because it would allegedly be too disruptive to provide the necessary security arrangements.

The Queen has now left Buckingham Palace and moved to the more remote Windsor Castle following the government's emergency COBRA meeting about the coronavirus pandemic.

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