Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. The couple fell in love as teenagers and were married in 1947, just after World War II.
They were hopelessly in love in the early years of their marriage. But in 1952, when the Queen’s father, King George VI, died unexpectedly, their marriage changed forever.
Despite some challenges in the first years of the Queen’s reign, Prince Philip has been determined that he was never unfaithful. Now some letters may prove that he never cheated.
Rumor has it that Prince Philip cheated on Queen Elizabeth
In the early years of their marriage, after Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne, Prince Philip was forced to give up his role in the Royal Navy to be by his wife’s side. Unfortunately, this new role made him very unhappy.
He had quite a few wild streaks, which allowed the press to connect him with other women. Rumors swirled that the duke was having an affair with stage artist Patricia Kirkwood when the queen was eight months pregnant. The rumors began after the prince visited Kirkwood in her dressing room after a performance, and they were later seen eating dinner and dancing into the early morning hours. The rumors ruined Kirkwood’s career.
Prince Philip was also close to Sacha Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn. When journalists like Hamilton about the nature of their relationship, she was far too clever. “It’s complicated and at the same time quite simple,” she told reporters, according to Icons. “[Philip] need a playmate and someone who shares his intellectual pursuits. ”
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Prince Philip is disgusted by the cheating rumors
The Duke of Edinburgh has always been convinced that he was nervous about cheating on his wife despite his wild party strike. Although he has followed the royal family’s rigid upper lip policy of ignoring rumors and refusing to comment, those closest to him have spoken on his behalf.
“Privately, he will say, ‘How could I?'” Mike Parker, the Duke’s first private secretary, told The Telegraph in 2004. “‘I have had a detective in my company, night and day since 1947.'”
Yet the prince has recognized the more challenging years of his marriage to the queen. During their 50th wedding anniversary party, the Duke said, “I think the most important lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the only important ingredient in any happy marriage … You can take it from me; the queen has tolerance in abundance. ”
Prince Philip feels justified by letters showing that he was faithful
However, letters that came out after Kirkwood died in 2007 at the age of 86 show that the prince and Kirkwood were never more than just friendly. Kirkwood, whose legs were patterned “the eighth wonder of the world”, was introduced to Prince Philip by his then girlfriend – Baron Nahum, the court photographer, in 1948.
In his letters, Kirkwood says they danced, but that was it. “I suppose he felt trapped and rarely got a chance to be himself,” she said. “I think I came out on the right foot because I made him laugh.”
According to Express, she wrote: “If there had been any support from your direction, the case would have been dropped many years ago instead of [my] to have to fight with a sea of sharks with one hand. ”
The prince replied: “Shortly after defamation procedures, there is absolutely nothing to do. The intrusion of privacy, inventions and false quotes is the course of our existence. ”