Prince Philip was Queen Elizabeth’s backbone, both in their marriage and their royal and public lives. In fact, there’s a new report that says the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on Friday morning, dedicated his life to both duty and service and of course, was always by his wife’s side. Here’s what you need to know.
Speaking to Fox News in a new interview, royal author Anna Pasternak said that Prince Philip knew exactly where his place was in the royal family. She says that he accepted life as it came to him.
Prince Philip Was Queen Elizabeth’s Backbone: Life Dedicated To Duty And Service
Pasternak put it this way, “He probably did not want his wife to be queen so young because it affected his career. And yet he supported her. And in that process, he carved out a role for himself and became an innovator. He’s got tremendous legacies in this country.”
“He was known for empowering the young,” Pasternak continued. “He was responsible for keeping green spaces. We have what’s called the ‘village green’ here in England. In inner-city areas, parks were created because he realized the young needed fresh air and green space. He was a conservationist and way ahead of his time before it became fashionable. He was a forerunner to Prince Charles who is passionate about the environment and organic farming.”
“It’s absolutely clear that Elizabeth adored him,” Pasternak said. “That is something for the young to aspire to today – that level of loyalty, commitment, duty and love. In the U.K., even though we knew he was very old and had been unwell, we all desperately wanted him to make his 100th birthday. There will be an absolute universal outpouring of affection towards the queen. And within that is a gratitude to the Duke of Edinburgh who supported her and made her so happy.”
All senior members of the royal family are expected to attend Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a service at St. George’s Chapel.
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