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Prince Philip Reveals He Hasn’t Had the Flu in 40 Years!

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What’s his secret?

At 95, Prince Philip isn’t just in good health, he’s somehow managed to avoid the flu for the past four decades!

During a visit to the Francis Crick Institute in London alongside Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, the royal told a flu expert that he hasn’t had the illness for 40 years.

While speaking to flu expert Dr. Yi Pu Lin at the biomedical research center, Philip asked if someone could develop an immunity or resistance to flu, then added: “Why haven’t I had flu for the last 40 years?”

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Speaking to reporters, Dr. Lin said, “He said he was now 95 and he may previously been infected and now he has immunity, even with new viruses coming the immunity can be stimulated, so that’s possible.

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Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty

“Different people have different immuno responses and for some people it’s probably easier to catch and for some people probably not that [easy].”

The royal’s method of travel may also play a part in his ability to fight off the flu.

Dr. Lin joked that unlike the public, who “go to the Tube every day” and have more chance of being infected, Philip didn’t have to worry about that disadvantage of mass transportation.