Marriage advice quote from Prince Philip on life with Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had a relationship that spanned over seven decades. In Palace papers Author Tina Brown has revealed Philip’s sweet marriage advice: A former member of the Queen’s staff told Brown: “At ninety, Philip asked, ‘Do you want marriage advice? ? Spend enough time apart and make sure you don’t all have the same interests.'”

The quote about Philip’s marriage advice followed paragraphs by Brown speculating about Philip’s extramarital affairs, which Philip himself denied. “Philip has been one hundred percent faithful to the Queen,” Philip’s private secretary, the late Mike Parker, told the Telegraph in 2004. “No ifs, no buts.”

Philip took his own advice: he often lived apart from the queen, and they absolutely had different interests. For example, the Queen has been devoted to horses all her life – an obsession that Philip did not share.

In 2017 Philip retired to Wood Farm on their Sandringham estate. As Brown explains, “In retirement Philip went to his man’s cave at Wood Farm, the comfortable and unassuming royal estate of the Sandringham estate, where he organized his papers, painted watercolors and read the story voraciously.”

In early March 2020, with the pandemic, Philip returned from Wood Farm to Windsor Castle to live in a pandemic bubble with Queen Elizabeth and a small number of staff. (During lockdown, royal household staff coined “HMS Bubble”.)

Brown writes: “It was the longest time the Queen and Prince Philip had ever spent together alone as a couple during their seventy-three-year marriage. It was a bond that needed no presence. constantly reinforced. Although they didn’t allow each other displays of affection in public, in private they had a “wonderful teasing intimacy,” their friend Alastair Bruce told me. “They played each other like two people do who love each other, in a way that makes their inner sanctum very trusting”. .'”

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