Queen Elizabeth II was claimed to be "secretly fighting" a painful cancer during the last year of her life, according to a new book written by Prince Philip's friend.
The late monarch, who sadly died in September after 70 years on the throne, had been suffering from a range of health difficulties which caused her to have to pull out of numerous engagements.
Most notably the Queen, who passed at the age of 96, was struggling to walk without assistance, and in her last months needed a cane.
According to the new biography, called Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, which talks about the monarch's life, achievements and struggles, Her Royal Highness was battling bone marrow cancer.
The most common symptom of this form of cancer is bone pain and caused a number of other health issues.
After the royal's unexpected death on September 8, her death certificate officially recorded her cause of death as "old age".
"I had heard that the Queen had a form of myeloma — bone marrow cancer — which would explain her tiredness and weight loss and those ‘mobility issues’ we were often told about during the last year or so of her life," Gyles, who has regularly spoken as a guest on This Morning, reportedly said in one extract.
"The most common symptom of myeloma is bone pain, especially in the pelvis and lower back, and multiple myeloma is a disease that often affects the elderly.
"Currently, there is no known cure, but treatment — including medicines to help regulate the immune system and drugs that help prevent the weakening of the bones — can reduce the severity of its symptoms and extend the patient’s survival by months or two to three years," the extract continued.
The biography is currently being serialised in the Daily Mail.
OK! has contacted representatives at Buckingham Palace for comment on the claims.
The author's book also sheds light on how the Queen coped after the loss of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 in April 2021.
The monarch was claimed to have told one of her ladies-in-waiting that she needed to keep busy following his death.
What's more, she reportedly told her aide that her husband would "certainly not have approved" of her succumbing to upset and self-pity.
TV personality Gyles also claimed in his book that the Queen was watching BBC police hit Line of Duty during her last months.
It comes following reports one of the Queen’s final wishes before her death was for six more people to be appointed to the UK's distinguished Order of Merit.
Her song King Charles III is now said to have carried out this request, after Buckingham Palace revealed the late monarch chose the lucky people in the days before her death.
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