Future consort Camilla admits she learnt from ‘unflashy’ Duke ‘quietly following behind’


CAMILLA admits she learned from Prince Philip whom she referred to as “unflashy” stating that he was “quietly following behind” the Queen in a royal documentary broadcast today.

Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made the comments in a documentary honouring the late Duke of Edinburgh who died in April aged 99 which was televised by the BBC on September 22. Her comments came following discussion of the late Duke giving up his military career to be Queen Elizabeth II’s consort.

Prince William refers to his grandfather’s acts as a consort, and says Philip gave up his pursuits to “support her and to go into service and duty in a different way”.

Lengthy discussion was given to the unprecedented nature of being a royal consort involved, as “there was no template” for the husband of the Queen, and instead the Duke had to make his own way to establish his role within the Royal Family and as the Queen’s partner.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who married Prince Charles in 2005 has observed the Duke’s behaviour and says it will influence her own role as future consort to the monarch.

She said: “I saw the way he supported the Queen. You know, not in a flashy sort of way, but just by doing it quietly, you know, following along behind.”

Prince Philip and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall

Future consort Camilla admits she learnt from ‘unflashy’ Duke ‘quietly following behind’ (Image: Getty Images)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who married Prince Charles in 2005 has observed the Duke’s behaviour (Image: Getty Images)

Camilla said that she has used Philip’s actions to influence her own behaviour, stating “It’s something I’ve learnt by watching him”.

The 74-year-old will support Charles, 72 when he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II as monarch in the future.

Within the documentary, royal watchers could see a clip of Prince Philip at the Queen’s coronation in 1953, where he is seen kissing the Queen’s cheek before he touches the Queen’s crown, which the newsreader explains acted as a “token of his readiness to help her bear its burden”.

Camilla, Prince Charles, Queen and Prince Philip

Camilla will take upon the role of consort when Prince Charles becomes leader (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Philip and Camilla

Camilla spoke of the way Philip showed support for his wife by “following along behind” (Image: Getty Images)

The gesture is seen as the Duke “swearing faith and truth to bear unto the Queen, to live and die against all manner of folks”.

One clip in the documentary titled ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ shows Prince Philip being spoken to about his role as royal consort, with the interviewer saying his intention is to “help promote the monarchy and the image of monarchy”.

This was rebuffed by the late Duke though who said “You make it sound as if I was some sort of PR agency. No. No, I don’t.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla says she learned from Prince Philip whom she referred to as “unflashy” (Image: Getty Images)

“I, in fact, I’m very doubtful about the whole concept of deliberately trying to create an image because I think that it’s very easily rumbled.

“I think that an image develops out of what you do. If you don’t wholly believe in what you’re doing, I mean, you can’t create a different image.

“I think the only thing you can do is get on and do the best you can with the facilities and in the circumstances and hope you make a reasonably sensible judgment. But not to do it with the view to, what effect is this going to have?”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for 73 years

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for 73 years (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Harry commented on the importance of Prince Philip in the 73 years of marriage he held with Queen Elizabeth II, and he refers to them together as “the most adorable couple”.

The documentary celebrated the late Duke’s “extraordinary life and work” with many members of the Royal Family including Prince William and Princess Eugenie paying special tribute to His Royal Highness.


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