Carole Middleton pulls out of publicity drive to avoid being 'insensitive' to ill Prince Philip

CAROLE Middleton pulled out of a publicity drive for her business because she didn't want to be "insensitive" to Prince Philip.

After liaising with Prince William and daughter Kate, she asked publishers of Good Housekeeping magazine not to promote her cover interview because she didn't want to upset the royals whilst the 99-year-old remains in hospital.

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Her decision comes in the wake of mounting criticism for Harry and Meghan who have filmed an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Whilst their controversial two hour TV special airs on Sunday night, Carole refused extra promotion for her business Party Pieces following the interview which was conducted in January.

Last night a source said: "Carole is incredibly proud of her company and all the hard work that goes into it.

"But whilst backing the business, she didn't want to turn any news into a media circus because she is so respectful and sensitive to Catherine, and the royal family.

"She always gets William's go-ahead before any interview like this, and he is incredibly supportive.

"But the more the PR machine rolled out in Los Angeles with Meghan and Harry, the more sensitive Carole became.

"She decided she didn't want to do any PR for the interview – even if it cost her thousands in potential lost marketing."

In the interview, Carole admits to being a Jess Glynne fan – and says she "loves house music."

She adds: "At the moment I get up and dance to Jess Glynne, so the family tease me as I always put her on.

"People are often surprised to know that I love house music – something with a good beat – and so does [husband] Mike!"

Timeline of Philip’s stay in hospital

Tuesday February 16 2021 – The duke is admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital on a precautionary basis after feeling unwell.

He travels from Windsor Castle by car.

Philip is said to be in "good spirits" and walks into the private hospital unaided.

He is expected to stay for a few days.

Friday February 19 – Sources say Philip is now expected to remain in hospital for "observation and rest" over the weekend and into the next week.

Saturday February 20 – The Prince of Wales makes a 200 mile-round trip to see his father, spending around half an hour at the hospital.

Tuesday February 23 – Seven days after the duke was admitted, the Palace says he is being treated for an infection and is "comfortable and responding to treatment", but is not expected to leave hospital for several more days.

The Earl of Wessex says the duke is a "lot better" and looking forward to getting out.

Monday March 1 – Philip is transferred in an ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital for treatment for an infection and testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition, Buckingham Palace says.

The duke is shielded from public view by large umbrellas as he leaves King Edward VII's Hospital.

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