Prince Harry offered a rare look into Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with her husband, Prince Philip.
Prince Harry and the Queen enjoyed a very close relationship and he was often considered her favourite grandchild.
In recent times, things have slightly changed after he decided to leave the royal family. But an interview from the year 2012 sheds some light on the secret behind Queen Elizabeth’s long and successful marriage.
Growing up, Harry maintained an extremely close relationship with his grandmother. The bond only got stronger as Harry got older, though recent developments have changed the dynamics of their relationship completely.
This coming July, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary. Adding to it, Queen Elizabeth continues her streak as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The couple has always been very supportive of each other publicly. It’s no surprise that their relationship is just as strong behind closed doors.
According to Express, Harry opened up about Queen Elizabeth’s marriage when she was celebrating her 60th anniversary.
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“There is no way my grandmother would have survived all these years without my grandfather’s help and support”, Harry said. “Irrespective of the fact whether my grandfather seems to be doing his own thing, sort of wandering off like a fish down the river, the fact that he’s there – personally, I don’t think she could do without him.”
These comments from Prince Harry’s came when he was still very close to his grandmother. It was also long before he met Meghan. Prince Philip, of course, retired from his royal duties in 2017 and does make many public appearances.
Queen Elizabeth opens up about her husband
Despite being married for over seven decades, Queen Elizabeth is still, very much, fond of Prince Philip. In an interview back in 2016, royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed that Her Majesty thinks of Philip as her “rock” and is grateful for his constant presence in her life. “He is her rock. The words she uses are ‘her constant strength and stay.’
He may be one of the few people in the world who has every kind of freedom with her. Nicholl said that for them the family is above everything else and further added Queen Elizabeth shares a very close connection to Charles.
Queen Elizabeth, of course, has not commented on her relationship with Philip, who turns 99 years old this summer. But she has recently reunited with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they embark on their final engagements as senior royals.
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