PRINCE PHILIP used to spend sleepless nights worrying about his grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry, unearthed reports reveal.
The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 98th birthday in June, two years after announcing his retirement from royal duties. During his incredibly long life, the Queen’s consort has become particularly renowned for his witty-one liners and unconventional behaviour. Unlike other royals, the Duke of Edinburgh is famous for saying exactly what he wants, when he wants.
He is also reportedly much more cynical than the rest of his family.
In a 1986 report for Woman’s Own magazine, Philip revealed he had nightmares about the world his grandchildren would have lived in.
He said Princes William and Harry would have grown up in a society where “you can’t even trust your neighbour” and a world plagued by a “frightening” population explosion.
The Queen‘s husband told the publication: “I have nightmares about the world the next generation or the generation after that is going to live in.
Prince Philip’s nightmares: How the Duke revealed fears for William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
The Duke of Edinburgh (Image: GETTY)
“The rate at which the world’s population is growing is frightening.
“It’s inevitable that grave damage is going to be done to the world in the next 100 years.
“But there is little appreciation of the problems.”
In a despairing mood, the Prince added: “The older I get, the more I think things are going to get worse.
Princes William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
“There was a period in this country when you could leave your car unlocked, your from door open – when you could trust anybody.
“Now you can’t even trust your neighbour.”
On the horrors of nuclear war, the Duke of Edinburgh added: “Nuclear weapons are not going to go off by themselves.
“Some idiot has to order it to happen.”
Prince Philip’s family tree (Image: GETTY)
Young Princes William and Harry (Image: GETTY)
The journalist who spoke to him at the time, said about the Prince: “When I first interviewed him 15 years ago, he was optimistic about the future.
“Not today, however.
“Now, having grand-children on his own, he worries about the world his descendants are to enjoy.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK