PRINCE PHILIP has been by the Queen’s side for almost 72 years as her husband. But what is the one classically British fix that he cannot abide?
After a difficult childhood which included his family being exiled from Greece and losing several members of his family, he was educated in Britain.
The Duke married the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
When he married the Queen, he became a naturalised British citizen, but that did not mean he adopted all of its ways and customs.
Prince Philip shock What does Prince Philip dislike but the Queen loves (Image GETTY)
Prince Philip shock: Prince Philip retired from royal duties in 2017 (Image: GETTY)
Shockingly for a British royal, the Duke of Edinburgh does not enjoy one of Britain’s most beloved and famed traditions: tea.
According to sources, Prince Philip does not enjoy a classic British tea, or any other kind.
Instead, he is said to enjoy black coffee.
This means he is missing out of some of the massive health benefits derived from drinking tea.
Prince Philip shock: The Queen and Prince Philip were married in November 1947 (Image: GETTY)
According to Carrie Ruxton, a public health nutritionist from King’s College London, drinking tea has huge health benefits.
She told Salon: “Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water.
“Water is essentially replacing fluid.
“Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it…even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid [i.e. your body retains more than it excretes].
“Also, a cup of tea contains fluoride, which is good for the teeth.”
Tea drinking is an integral part of British culture.
According to revenue figures released in 2015, the UK tea industry held a total market value of £450.7million for black tea products.
Additionally, £78.8m was sold in fruit and herbal teas while £46.1m was sold in speciality teas.
The Queen is said to be a huge fan of tea, but Prince Philip does not enjoy partaking in drinking tea with her.
Prince Philip shock: Prince Philip now spends most of his time at the Sandringham estate (Image: GETTY)
Royal butler Grant Harrold said in a BBC Three documentary that the monarch is also very particular with how she brews and drinks her tea.
He added that she usually serves it before milk.
He told the BBC: “I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup.
“She will also use a strainer.
“It is also a myth that members of Royalty use their pinky when drinking, I have never seen that happen once.”
While Prince Philip is not adventurous with his tea drinking, he is reportedly more spontaneous and curious with his food palette.
Unlike the Queen who is said to prefer plain or relatively bland food, Prince Philip is a keen foodie.
He even reportedly made the palace staff swap dinners with him because he liked the look of theirs better.
Darren McGrady, a former Buckingham Palace chef, told Marie Claire: “He came into the kitchen and said, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’
“And I said, ‘I have these little one-inch eyes of lamb meat for you, your Royal Highness.’
“He looked and said, ‘What’s that—what are they?’
“And I said, ‘Oh, those are chops, Your Highness.’ He wanted to know who they were for, and I said, ‘staff.’
“And he said, ‘Oh, can’t we have those?’
“I ended up giving him these big meatier pieces, and the staff had the other pieces.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK