PRINCE PHILIP once made a shocking joke about his age in relation to his son Prince Charles’ future reign, according to an unearthed biography.
Philip, 98, retired from his public duties back in 2017, and is the longest surviving prince consort in British history. He completed 22,219 solo engagements since his wife’s ascension to the throne in 1952, showing his absolute dedication to the monarchy. Despite reportedly ruling the Royal Family with an iron fist, the Duke of Edinburgh has also been known for his sharp wit and love of jokes over the years.
According to Tom Bower’s 2018 biography, ‘Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles’, Philip once made a macabre joke to his friends about his son’s future reign.
Mr Bower alleged: “At a recent dinner with friends in Mayfair, Philip had joked about his determination to live beyond 95.
“The reason for his and the Queen’s longevity, he explained amid his friends’ laughter, was to keep Charles from the throne.
“At 91, he said, the Queen was in robust health, and, he implied, could well live for another 10 years.
Prince Philip once made a joke confession when talking to his friends about Charles’ reign (Image: Getty)
Philip and Charles reportedly clash over how the monarchy should be run (Image: Getty)
“Charles would have little opportunity to damage the monarchy if he was king for only a brief period.”
Many royal watchers have pointed out that Philip and Charles have different ideas when it comes to the monarchy.
As Mr Bower explained, “Philip did not hide his scorn for his son’s achievements and visions”.
Charles is keen for a “slimmed-down monarchy” which would be independent of taxpayers’ support.
The Queen, Philip and Charles (Image: Getty)
He also wants to break from tradition and turn Buckingham Palace into a “space for the nation”, making Windsor Castle the monarch’s base instead.
Philip, however, apparently believes this could be “harmful” to the monarchy.
Royal author Catherine Mayer claimed that Philip “actively opposed Prince Charles’ plan for the monarchy because he wants to change the setup”.
She continued: “The Queen and Philip had very strong ideas about how you do monarchy and Prince Charles comes along and starts doing things very differently.”
Additionally, a senior source told The Sun last year that he thinks the heir is “too political and cerebral to become a successful sovereign”.
Charles has been known to express his own opinions on a whole range of topics and has lobbied politicians over causes such as climate change, foxhunting and genetically modified food.
By doing so, he has challenged the apolitical nature required of a constitutional monarch.
The Queen and Charles at his investiture ceremony as the Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)
Charles has been heir to the throne since his mother’s ascension to the throne in 1952 (Image: Getty)
Mr Bower also claimed that Philip was concerned that Charles’ enduring image “as a landowner hankering for a forgotten world threatened the institution of the monarchy”.
The Duke of Edinburgh was believed to share fears that his son would become a meddling king.
However, Charles put these concerns to rest with an interview a few years later.
Speaking to the BBC for his 70th birthday in 2018, the Prince of Wales explained that he has no intention to intervene with politics when he becomes the sovereign.
He said: “I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.
Philip is said to rule over the Royal Family with an iron fist — pictured with Diana and Charles on their wedding day (Image: Getty)
“So, of course, you know, I understand entirely how that should operate.”
Additionally, the Queen has made it clear she trusts the monarchy in Charles’ hands.
The Queen has gradually been reducing her public engagements over the years and passing more down to her eldest.
She also said it was her “sincere wish” for her son to succeed her as Head of the Commonwealth back in 2018.
The monarch explained: “It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations, and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK