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Prince Philip said he was ‘ready to die’ and living to 100 would be ‘ghastly’

When Prince Philip died earlier this year there was an outpouring of affection for the eldest member of the Royal Family.

The Duke of Edinburgh was lauded for his service to the country and his unshakeable support to the Queen throughout their life together.

When Prince Philip passed away on April 9 at Windsor Castle he was only just two months shy of his 100th birthday on June 10.

While many people felt it was a shame that he didn't reach his centenary year, particularly when it meant he would have been due a card from the Queen, it seems that Philip was not too concerned about reaching the milestone.

The father-of-four's biographer revealed that the prince didn't want to live to the grand old age of 100 and was ready to die, reports the Daily Express.

Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth knew the Queen's husband for more than 40 years and worked in tandem with Prince Philip on a defining biography.

Philip: The Final Portrait looked at Philip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II, and his relationships with his family and friends, but also his thoughts on death.

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In the biography, Brandreth recounts a chat he had with the Duke about how he didn’t want to live until he was 100, despite being so close.

Prince Philip told the author: “I can't imagine anything worse. I’m already falling to pieces as it is. Bits keep dropping off.

“I have absolutely no desire to cling on to life unnecessarily. Ghastly prospect."

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The book presents a man who was at peace with his life and accepting of his death.

“I'm quite ready to die. It's what happens — sooner or later," he told Brandreth.

Brandreth said that Prince Philip did not see the final draft of his book before he died but believes it did the duke "justice".

When asked in the book if it had been a good life, Prince Philip replied: “I hope I've helped keep the show on the road. That's about it, really."

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