Prince Philip’s friend looks back on their ‘monumental row’
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A former advisor has told BBC news how a monumental row between Prince Philip and himself while in Greece terrified boat staff. The shock recounting came from Martin Palmer, the ex religious advisor on the environment, who recounted the story from when the pair were aboard a Greek ferry while visiting the incredible Mount Athos monastery. He explained how the Duke did not understand why the monks would live there and the argument boiled over.
Mr Palmer told BBC News: “He did once very famously clear the entire deck of a Greek ferry ship!
“We had been on Mount Athos… which is only orthodox monasteries.
“We had this monumental row about the role of Monasticism.”
He explained how the Duke erupted into a tirade about the point of the monasteries and the monks who lived there deeming the monks won’t “change the planet”.
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Recalling the argument the former advisor told the Duke in response that it was “because other people might be inspired by it!”
And he laughed saying: “And we cleared the deck!”
Mr Palmer added how he went downstairs and all the colleagues who were with the pair us and others asked “‘are you going to be put in the tower?!’”
In response, Mr Palmer jokingly told the group: “No, I would have been put in the tower if I had not argued with him!”
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The amusing anecdote comes ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral which will take place today (Saturday 17th April) at Windsor Castle after he died at the age of 99 on April 9.
The 30 confirmed guests will include all Philip’s children and grandchildren plus their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of Philip’s German relatives: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
It is thought Philip’s funeral could attract one of the largest television audiences of the year.
The biggest TV audience so far saw 25.1 million people watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s televised address on January 4 announcing a new national lockdown, while 13.9 million viewers tuned in for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with US broadcaster Oprah Winfrey last month.
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The entire funeral will be televised today but there will be no public element as it will take place on the grounds of the castle due to the Covid pandemic.
Coverage of the funeral begins on BBC One at 12:30pm and ITV at 13:15pm.
Prince Philip – A Royal Funeral will be presented by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham from Windsor on ITV.
Journalist Mary Nightingale will talk to members of the armed forces as they prepare to take part in the funeral procession.
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