Prince Philip, 96, battled through Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding despite a cracked rib

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PRINCE Philip soldiered on through the Royal Wedding with a cracked rib after a fall in the bath days before the ceremony, The Sun can reveal.

The Duke of Edinburgh – who was photographed with what looked like black eyes last Saturday – slipped while washing.

 Despite suffering from a painful broken rib, Prince Philip refused to use a stick as he walked into church for the Royal Wedding Despite suffering from a painful broken rib, Prince Philip refused to use a stick as he walked into church for the Royal Wedding

The accident happened only days after he had thrown his crutches away following a hip op.

The 96-year-old had been hailed a hero for making it to the Royal Wedding without crutches just six weeks after surgery.

But a Royal insider said despite sustaining the painful rib injury he refused even the aid of a stick on Meghan and Harry’s big day.

They told The Sun: “The Duke is not a fan of showering and prefers to bathe. But he’s a determined man and nothing was going to stop him attending nor would he take any kind of walking aid.”

 The Duke of Edinburgh - who was photographed with what looked like black eyes last Saturday - slipped while washingAP:Associated Press The Duke of Edinburgh – who was photographed with what looked like black eyes last Saturday – slipped while washing  The Duke took his place alongside the Queen without any hint of pain from the cracked rib The Duke took his place alongside the Queen without any hint of pain from the cracked rib

The Duke was praised for his no nonsense attitude as he smiled throughout last Saturday’s celebrations.

Last night Sun doctor Carol Cooper branded him the “Iron Duke” saying he took the British stiff upper lip to a “new level”.

She said: “I take my hat off to him. He is clearly a very resolute gentleman who will not stop doing what he needs to do.

“Fractured ribs tend to be quite painful. It’s very rare for a fractured rib not to cause pain – even a tiny fracture.

 Harry and Meghan in St George's chapelPA:Press Association Harry and Meghan in St George's chapel  Prince Charles with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and the Duchess of CornwallAFP and licensors Prince Charles with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and the Duchess of Cornwall  The Duke was praised for his no-nonsense attitude as he smiled throughout last Saturday’s celebrations that saw the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex marryWPA Rota The Duke was praised for his no-nonsense attitude as he smiled throughout last Saturday’s celebrations that saw the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex marry

“Because your ribs move when you breathe, every breath you take can be painful.

“Painkillers are often not very effective but it is possible to get have a local anaesthetic injected into the area to deaden the pain temporarily.”

Prince Philip had spent days walking up and down stairs to get himself fit for the wedding after his hip replacement.

 Duke of Edinburgh looks fighting fit standing next to the QueenAFP and licensors Duke of Edinburgh looks fighting fit standing next to the Queen  The happy couple leave the ceremony as man and wifeAFP or licensors The happy couple leave the ceremony as man and wife

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle royal wedding
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince Philip

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