Prince Philip: How Duke helped Queen after royal crisis ‘shook the monarchy to the core’


PRINCE PHILIP played an important role to help Queen Elizabeth II overcome a family tragedy during a turbulent time for the Royal Family.

Prince Philip, 99, was at the Queen’s side during one of the most difficult times for the Royal Family. Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary, The Queen: In Her Own Words, royal expert Roya Nikkah explained how the Queen relied on Philip more than ever during the tragic passing of Princess Diana. She explained Her Majesty put family before the monarchy for a few days.

The narrator,  Andrew Scarborough, said: “If there was one time the Queen relied on Philip more than ever it was when tragedy befell the family and a crisis ensued that shook the monarchy to the core.

“That fateful event of August, 1997, created a wave of grief across Britain and the globe and the people wanted their Queen.

“Yet she stayed silent.

“She was in Balmoral, her Scottish castle, with Charles and his sons when she was told the news of Diana’s death and she decided to reserve her consoling words for William and Harry.”

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Prince Philip played a pivotal role in helping the Queen overcome tragedy (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen and Philip have been self-isolating at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

Ms Nikkah said: “The Queen’s instinct was to be grandmother first before monarch just for a few days.”

The revelation comes as Philip is set to take part in a rare official public engagement, as he transfers his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke, who retired in 2017, will be nearly 100 miles apart from his daughter-in-law Camilla as they both carry out ceremonies to mark the occasion on Wednesday.

Amid extreme social distancing, Philip, 99, will be at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, while the duchess will be at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.

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The Queen put family before the monarchy for a few days (Image: PA)

At Windsor, four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles will sound The Rifles Assembly upon the duke’s arrival.

Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes, will offer the salute and thank Philip for his 67 years of support and service to The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments.

The Buglers will then sound The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the No More Parades call, to mark the duke’s final ceremony as Colonel-in-Chief.

Immediately afterwards, Camilla will be at her country home Highgrove in Gloucestershire, where four Buglers will sound The Rifles Assembly.

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Line of succession (Image: EXPRESS)

The duchess will be addressed by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, who will welcome her as the new colonel-in-Chief.

Camilla will also hear the Regimental Call and The Advance, and meet the Buglers and a small party from 4th Battalion The Rifles, before retiring for an audience with General Sir Patrick.

Philip was pictured with the Queen at Windsor to mark his 99th birthday in June, and at Princess Beatrice’s wedding.

He was last seen at a big event when he was a guest at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May 2019.


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