Prince Philip had "no desire whatsoever" to live to 100.
After it was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh has died just over two months short of his 100th birthday, it has been revealed that he gave an interview in 2000 when he said he "couldn't imagine anything worse" than reaching the milestone.
He told the Daily Telegraph he was not interested in such longevity, saying: "I can't imagine anything worse.
"Bits of me are falling off already."
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that the popular royal had died at Windsor Castle aged 99, less than a month after he left hospital where he underwent a heart operation and was treated for an infection.
A statement read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
"Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
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Tributes have poured in from around the world from royals, politicians and public figures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "He was the longest serving consort in history, one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape McIntyre where he was mentioned in dispatches for bravery, and in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking.
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"He helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.
"It is to Her Majesty and her family that our nation's thoughts must turn today, because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly-respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and – in recent year – a great-grandfather."
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His grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry also paid respects to their granddad on social media.
Harry is expected to return to the UK for the first time in a year to attend Philip's funeral.
It comes just over a month since he and Meghan Markle gave a controversial interview to Oprah Winfrey, widening divisions within the Royal Family.
Plans are now underway to arrange the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral with his death prompting a period of national mourning.
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He is the first senior royal to die since the Queen Mother, aged 101, in 2002.
As well as the Queen, Philip leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
He retired from official royal duties in 2017 after decades of service to the UK. He was the longest-serving consort in British history and was married to the Queen for 73 years.
Philip undertook more than 20,000 solo engagements as consort and went on 637 solo foreign visits.
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