‘The Crown’ Rekindles Prince Philip’s Infidelity Rumors; Royal watchers reveal how Queen Elizabeth II reacted
During his 70-year reignQueen Elizabeth II could not escape the constant rumors of infidelity about her “strength and staying power”.
Months after her death on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, season 5 of “The Crown” hinted that her husband Prince Philip’s relationship with loyal confidant Penelope Knatchbull was more than just friendship. The story has sparked a backlash among those who have known and worked with the Duke of Edinburgh over the years.
British author Andrew Morton addresses gossip in his new book about Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. “The Queen: Her Life.” He famously worked with the Princess of Wales in his 1992 film “Diana: Her True Story.”
“I think the biggest misconception is [about the royal family] Morton told Fox News Digital that Prince Philip was playing away all the time “I remember when I first started writing about the royal family in 1982. Within a year I was told that Prince Philip’s secret family was in Norfolk, Malta, Melbourne and Germany. One thing you learn is that the royal family is always surrounded by gossip, hearsay and rumours. And I think people have been looking for Philip’s mistress for years and come up with nothing.”
Morton said the rumors were “very hurtful” to the Queen, who was married Philip for more than seven decades. He died in 2021 at the age of 99.
How did the mother of four cope? He simply continued.
“[The year] 1956 was a classic example,” explained Morton. “He was the one who suggested Prince Philip go around the world on Royal Britannia, putting the yacht through its paces as he helped design it. And he could have visited some far-off place in the Commonwealth… and opened the Olympic Games in Melbourne, which he did. He made a documentary about the voyage.”
“But despite that, there were all kinds of rumors that were suggested [were] Wild party on board,” he continued. “And then his great friend, his private secretary Michael Parker, got divorced and left the ship early. And so began all sorts of rumors about Prince Philip’s affairs with women in London… The Queen was so upset that she issued a statement through Buckingham Palace, for the first time in history… denying that their marriage was in trouble.”
While rumors were circulating before the paparazzi or the shiny cameras of today’s social media, Morton said the “mainstream media” still “whipped this craze.”
Dick Arbiter, who was the Queen’s spokesman from 1988 to 2000, was among the first to Criticize “The Crown” for the storyline Featured this season.
“Coming weeks after the nation laid Her Majesty to rest next to Prince Philip, it’s very uncomfortable and, quite frankly, rubbish,” Arbiter said, as quoted by The Sun. “The truth is that Penny was a longtime friend of the whole family. Netflix [is] Not interested in people’s feelings.”
“It’s in very poor taste,” added Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine.
In an episode of the hit royal drama, Philip, played by Jonathan Pryce, tells Nachtbull, played by Natasha McElhone, that his marriage is facing “problems” because he and the Queen have “grown on different sides”. Morton insisted that while Philip was characterized by the press as “a ladies’ man”, there was no evidence of his being unfaithful to his wife.
This isn’t the first time the scripted series has hinted that Philip’s eyes are rolling. In 2017, “The Crown” suggested that Philip had an affair with Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova in the 50s. However, there is no evidence that the relationship ever occurred.
“People have often said, ‘He must have been unfaithful,’ but there’s no hard evidence for that,” Robert Lacy, the show’s historical consultant, told People magazine at the time. “When you watched the episodes, you could feel why people made that assumption. But there’s no evidence.”
Philip was also linked in the 30s and 40s to Pat Kirkwood, a stage actress whose legs were coined the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Philip and Kirkwood reportedly met on seven different occasions, the first of which was when Philip visited her dressing room before a performance in London in 1948. That initial meeting led to dinner and dancing until dawn. Elizabeth, who was then a princess, was eight months pregnant with Prince Charles. Kirkwood denied any illicit relationship with the prince until her death in 2007 at the age of 86.
Apart from Kirkwood, Philip has also been linked to other actresses including Helen Cordet, Merle Oberon and Anna Massey. Rumors previously persisted in People magazine that Philippe Cordette is the father – not the godfather – of Cordet’s two children. He called the paternity gossip “ridiculous” and claimed they were fathered by French fighter pilot Marcel Boist.
In 2019, Seward told Fox News Digital that there were “a lot of stories,” but “none have been proven.” He said, in spite of everything Gossip and Scandal Elizabeth and Philip Their bond lasted over the years.
“It’s really extraordinary,” Seward said at the time. “… He didn’t look at anyone else after meeting him. He was just beautiful. He was very handsome, tall, blond and very funny. And you know, women like funny men.
“… I think women just adored him because he was such a handsome specimen. … And when he wanted to use it, he had an amazing charm, an amazing charm. He was a very interesting character. … He went into his personal life. Either way, no one really put a finger on it. He always put his duty to the Queen first.”
Philip saw his only role as providing support for his wife, who began her reign at the age of 25. In the 70s, Parker said, “The day he first offered me my job, he told me that his job – first, second and last – had never let him down.” In public, the Queen called the longest-serving wife in British history her “rock”.
“I hope so [people] That will take away the truth [the queen] Someone who was a staunch defender of Britain,” Morton said. [who had a] Someone who had a wicked sense of humor and responsibility running through it [veins]… Queen was originally a four-letter word – duty.”
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