ROYAL ROW: The moment Prince Philip hit out at Queen – ‘Haven’t you got the intelligence?’

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ROYAL ROW: The moment Prince Philip hit out at Queen – ‘Haven’t you got the intelligence?’

PRINCE Philip aggressively lashed out at the Queen after she asked a question during a royal visit, according to a royal biographer.

The Duke of Edinburgh snapped at the monarch during their visit to the Channel Islands in 1957, according to Kenneth Rose, royal author and society diarist.

Prince Philip snapped at the Queen during their visit to the Channel Islands Image GETTY
Prince Philip snapped at the Queen during their visit to the Channel Islands Image GETTY

The royals were one day told their schedule had to be changed because of “bad weather”.

The Queen asked to know more about the reasons behind such a decision – which deeply annoyed her husband.

According to Mr Rose’s diary, Prince Philip, in front of the “party of officials” accompanying them, told the monarch: “Haven’t you the intelligence to realise…”

Strutt dislikes Prince Philip — ‘He will bring the whole monarchy down in ruins’

Kenneth Rose’s diary

Mr Rose reported the episode in his diary after being told by Sir Austin Strutt on August 15 1961.

An Home Office official feared Prince Philip would bring down the monarchy Image GETTY
An Home Office official feared Prince Philip would bring down the monarchy Image GETTY

Mr Strutt, who was then the deputy under-secretary at the Home Office, met him for lunch at one of London’s most prestigious hotels, the Savoy.

There, the Government official opened up on what happened years ago between the royal couple.

In his notes, Mr Rose also gathered Mr Strutt’s feelings for the Duke.
He wrote: “I have Sir Austin Strutt, Deputy Under-Secretary at the Home Office, to lunch at the Savoy.

“Strutt dislikes Prince Philip — ‘He will bring the whole monarchy down in ruins’.”

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the Channel Islands in 1957 Image GETTY
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the Channel Islands in 1957 Image GETTY

Mr Strutt, described by the author as “small, energetic, friendly, indiscreet”, also told Mr Rose he believed Prince Philip was “interfering too much in official matters”.

According to the Home Office official, the duke didn’t want Princess Margaret’s husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, to receive a peerage.
Mr Rose wrote: “On the subject of Tony Armstrong-Jones’s peerage, Strutt tells me that Prince Philip was against it.

“Princess Margaret not only insisted, but made herself quite ill with rage when she learned that the peerage patent would not be ready in time for Tony to carry out an official engagement in Glasgow as Earl of Snowdon.

“Even though special measures were taken to speed up the patent, she had to bear this disappointment.”

Margaret’s husband was given the title of Earl of Snowdon on October 6 1961.

Mr Rose’s diary recorded more negative opinions on the Duke of Edinburgh.

On a page dated October 13 1961, Mr Rose wrote: “Lunch with the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Martin Charteris, at the Savoy.

“We discuss Prince Philip.

“Martin agrees with me that he is arrogant, largely because he is praised so much as an after-dinner speaker.

“Nor do his staff criticise him as they should.”

Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon Image GETTY
Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon Image GETTY

But the outspoken prince seemed to know when he crossed the line, as showed by a note in Mr Rose’s diary dated May 11 1968.

He said: “Selwyn Lloyd, 63-year-old former Tory Foreign Secretary and Chancellor, tells me that Prince Philip said to him recently, ‘What, are you still alive?’

“Later, he apologised to Selwyn for his rudeness.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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