It looks like he might have been taking sides here. Prince Philip, who passed away at the age of 99 last Friday, supported Princess Diana during her rocky marriage to Prince Charles, according to a royal author and critic. In fact, he was one of the few members of the royal family that remained Diana’s ally until her death in 1997. Here’s what you need to know.
Royal critic Tom Quinn told Fox News in an interview that while Prince Philip was fiercely loyal to Queen Elizabeth and his family, he also saw both sides to Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.
Quinn wrote, ‘Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary to Meghan Markle,’ in which he talked about those who worked for the royals over the years.
Prince Philip Supported Daughter-In-Law Princess Diana During Her Marriage To Prince Charles
Quinn puts it this way, “Philip spent seven decades walking behind the queen both literally and metaphorically – but he was the backbone of the royals’ private life, supporting Diana during her most difficult periods. He also admonished his sons, including Prince Charles, when he felt their behavior was not good enough.”
Prince Philip also often wrote letters to Diana and was sympathetic to her and her marital issues with Prince Charles. Diana long suspected that her husband was having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles behind her back. At first, Prince Philip was on Diana’s side.
“I can only repeat what I have said before,” Philip wrote. “If invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability. But I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counselor!”
In response, Diana wrote: “Dearest Pa, I was particularly touched by your most recent letter, which proves to me, if I did not already know it, that you really do care. You are very modest about your marriage guidance skills, and I disagree with you! The last letter of yours showed great understanding and tact, and I hope to be able to draw on your advice in the months ahead, whatever they may bring.”
Quinn added, “When Diana was at her lowest point, Philip wrote to her and said he couldn’t understand why Charles insisted on being with Camilla. He told her he thought Charles was mad to have even thought of abandoning her. He had already told Charles he was mad to choose Camilla over Diana who Philip really liked.”
“Philip told Diana that she had his sympathy and he told her he would try to talk to Charles,” Quinn continued. “But as we know, nothing was going to keep Charles away from Camilla. Diana wrote in reply to Philip to say how grateful she was that he was thinking of her and understood her position.”
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