What are fathers for, if not to advise their sons on how to get their jollies without embarrassing their family? Well, something like that happened in the case of Philip.
Prince Philip had those words of wisdom for his son, Prince Charles.
And it was when the hopelessly not-in-love future King of England sought his father’s counsel about what he, as a man married to one woman but wanting to be with another, should do.
Princess Diana once said in an interview that:-
“My father-in-law said to my husband, ‘If your marriage doesn’t work out, you can always go back to her after five years’. This is exactly, I mean, for real I knew that it had happened after five years. I knew something was happening before that but the fifth year I had confirmation”.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell wrote in his 2003 book, ‘A Royal Duty’:-
“Both the Prince and the Princess were told that they must learn to compromise. They should be less selfish and try to work through their difficulties for the sake of the monarchy, their children, the country and its people”.
But as the world knows, Diana wasn’t willing to be in a marriage of three forever.
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And Prince Charles wasn’t willing to quit Camilla Parker Bowles. So the old-fashioned way, which is more common to Philip’s day went by the wayside in 1992. It was when Charles and Diana, not content just to live separate lives actually separated.
After Charles and Camilla married in 2005, it was determined that out of respect for Diana, who died in 1997, the second wife, Camilla would be Princess Consort instead of Queen Consort once Charles becomes King.
But fast forward to 2018, the pictures seems to be different.
With the monarchy modernising at a rapid pace, there are whispers that enough time has gone by so that Camilla can become Queen Consort.
And while none of this has unfolded the way Charles’ mother or father once envisioned, the Duke of Edinburgh knows a thing or two about the importance of good support.
If all goes according to the plan currently in place, Prince Charles will become the King of England and he’ll fare better if he has a strong spouse by his side.