Prince Philip 'rebelled consort to create own role' says expert
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The Queen has been dutiful and rule-abiding her whole life. However, she “defied” her beloved parents when she was still a young princess to choose Prince Philip over the British-born heirs courtiers that the Queen Mother would have preferred for her, according to royal author Ian Lloyd.
Mr Lloyd, author of the well-researched biography ‘The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip’, outlined how the now-Duke of Edinburgh was far from the prince consort the palace had for Princess Elizabeth in the 1940s.
But, despite her family’s reservation, the then-young princess refused to cave in and kept courting Philip.
Mr Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “Prince Philip was admittedly a real prince, his lineage was impeccable, but his personality was pretty unorthodox.
“He would drive into Buckingham Palace with his black car and didn’t wear ties, had an open-neck shirt and flannel trousers rather than a nice suit.
“And the princess found him absolutely entrancing because she had never seen anything like it, she was madly in love with him.
“It’s quite funny, when you look back at the Queen’s life, the one thing that everybody would say is that she was dutiful, she would always follow the rules.
“But this was one area of life she did not obey.
“I don’t think her parents ever told her not to marry Prince Philip but they had some terrible reservation and she defied them, she kept that going.”
Prince Philip first met Princess Elizabeth when she was only eight at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, Duke of Kent.
They crossed paths again five years later at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth when the future Queen was 13 and Prince Philip was 18-year-old.
The pair started exchanging letters and remained in touch throughout World War II.
As he was courting Elizabeth – and for years after their nuptials – Prince Philip was not seen under a good light by many at the palace, Mr Lloyd recalled.
He said: “The King and Queen had reservation about Prince Philip but also their circle, the courtiers and their friends and advisors passionately didn’t like him.
“You have to remember that the war in the Far East ended in August 1945 and in August 1946 Prince Philip was at Balmoral courting Princess Elizabeth.
“They didn’t like him for a variety of reasons, the principal one was the German associations with his sisters – two of them in the 1930s had joined the Nazi Party.
“One of his brothers-in-law killed during the war, Prince Christoph of Hesse, was married to Philip’s younger sister Sophia and was in the SS.
“During one campaign he and Philip were almost fighting against one another as they were fighting in the same area.
“Because of these associations the Queen Mother dubbed him The Hun – she was vehemently anti-German – although Philip has no German blood.
“But also he had a different approach, he was not deferential like the people the palace had hoped Elizabeth would marry.”
Prince Philip and the princess eventually married in November 1947.
The couple lived in Malta from 1949 to 1951, as the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed there as a naval officer.
Prince Philip gave up to his promising career in the Navy in the wake of King George VI’s death on February 6, 1952.
When the Queen acceded to the throne, the Duke started serving the Crown full-time.
Between 1952 and August 2017, when he retired from public office, the Duke carried out 22,219 solo engagements.
‘The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip’ by Ian Lloyd is available now.
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