PRINCE PHILIP reportedly made Queen Elizabeth II cry with “almost brutal” behaviour when she refused to give their children his surname of Mountbatten, a biography claims.
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The Duke of Edinburgh turned 98 yesterday, two years after announcing his retirement from royal duties. Even though he might have celebrated the milestone birthday with his wife, the Queen, royal sources suggested the pair are now “leading separate lives” and don’t see each other “for weeks”. Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, told Daily Star Online that Philip spends little time at Buckingham Palace, as he views it more like a “workplace” rather than his home.
He said: “Unlike most married couples, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh often live miles apart, with Prince Philip spending hardly any time at Buckingham Palace these days.”
Despite now spending more time apart than before, Philip and the Queen reportedly speak on the phone every day.
Over the last 72 years, the pair has without a doubt maintained a strong and stable bond, with the Queen describing the Duke of Edinburgh as “my strength and stay”.
However, according to a newly-resurfaced biography, there was a particular feud that caused a lot of tension and division in their marriage, which reportedly left the Queen “in tears”.
The Queen was reportedly left in tears by Prince Philip “almost brutal behaviour” (Image: GETTY)
The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for more than 72 years (Image: GETTY)
When Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, died, and the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, the Duke of Edinburgh wanted his children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, to take his family name Mountbatten.
However, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, and the Queen Mother, all strongly believed that the Royal Family name should remain Windsor.
The Queen sided with the older Windsor generation and rejected her husband’s wish.
On April 9, 1952, the monarch issued a public declaration and confirmed that “her children will be styled and known as the house and family of Windsor”.
Philip was said to be heartbroken and told his friends that he felt “like a bloody amoeba” as he was the “only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children”.
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Philip and the Queen with Prince Charles and Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)
He refused to let the matter drop and, when the Queen was pregnant with Prince Andrew in 1960, she told then Prime Minister Harold Macmillan that “she absolutely needed to revisit” the issue of the family name because “it had been irritating her husband since 1952”.
In the biography, Ms Bedell Smith cited an entry in Mr Macmillan’s diary, in which he wrote: “The Queen only wishes to do something to please her husband – with whom she is desperately in love.
“What upsets me is the Prince’s almost brutal attitude to the Queen over all this.
“I shall never forget what she said to me that Sunday night at Sandringham.”
Mr Macmillan passed the problem onto his deputy, Rab Butler, and the Lord Chancellor Lord Kilmuir.
Queen Elizabeth II with former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (Image: GETTY)
Mr Butler told Macmillan in a telegram that the Queen had “absolutely set her heart” on making a change for the Duke’s sake
Ms Befell Smith noted: “By one account, Butler confided to a friend that Elizabeth had been in ‘tears'”.
On February 8, 1960, 11 days before the birth of Prince Andrew, a compromise was reached as the Queen made a new declaration in Privy Council saying that she had adopted Mountbatten-Windsor as the name for all her descendants who do not enjoy the title of His or Her Royal Highness.
The surname first appeared on an official document on November 14, 1973, when Princess Anne chose to sign marital documents with “Mountbatten-Windsor” when she wed Captain Mark Philips at Westminster Abbey.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK