The late Duke of Edinburgh was a non-public one that hated gossip and media hypothesis, in accordance with his biographer and buddy Gyles Brandreth. The Queen’s husband additionally disliked that members of the Royal Household had been considered “as if they had been celebrities” – as Philip believed the general public had been within the royal position, and never the one who crammed the spot.
In an interview with Categorical.co.uk, Mr Brandreth mentioned Philip “was very anti-gossip” and was against speaking about himself.
Recalling a dialog he had with the late Duke, he mentioned: “All this gossip, what’s that obtained to do with something?
“We’re not a cleaning soap opera.”
The professional, who has simply revealed a brand new biography on Prince Philip, added: “He regretted that the Royal Household had been become a cleaning soap opera.
“It occurred lengthy earlier than The Crown.
“He regretted the truth that members of the Royal Household had been handled as if they had been celebrities.
“We’re not. That isn’t what its about.
“We’re people who find themselves fulfilling a selected position and when folks prove to fulfill us it’s due to the position. That’s the solely purpose.”
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“‘The eye is on your position, what you do, what you’re supporting.
“‘It isn’t for you as a person. You aren’t a celeb.
“‘You’re representing the Royal Household. That’s all.’”
Mr Brandreth mentioned Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was fast to recognise this and emulated the instance set by the Queen.
However the professional mentioned Philip thought Princess Diana failed to know this.
He mentioned: “One of many issues that saddened – and apprehensive – the Queen and Prince Philip about Diana, Princess of Wales, was not that she was fashionable, however that she allowed her recognition to go to her head.”
Philip: The Ultimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth is available for purchase now.