Prince Philip and Sophie Wessex: How the royals became unexpectedly close

Sophie Wessex ‘emotional’ over Prince Philip says expert

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died earlier this year, aged 99. The Queen’s beloved husband left behind a family who adored him, and his daughter in law, Sophie Countess of Wessex is no exception.

Sophie has been a prominent figure in the Royal Family since Phillip’s death.

She is known to be trusted by the Queen, and made several public appearances to talk about how the family was coping in the wake of his death.

But now it has emerged that Prince Edward’s wife was close to Philip, too.

Speaking in a new BBC One documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, recorded in part before his death, Sophie spoke of the sweet things that bonded her to her father-in-law.

She said: “Cooking is something that I love talking to him about.

“And he loves watching cookery programmes. Hairy Bikers I think is one of his favourites.”

Sophie isn’t the only one who enjoyed a foodie chat with the family patriarch.

Prince Charles spoke fondly of his own, less successful, attempts to connect with his father over a barbecue.

He said: “He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form.

“And if I ever tried to do it he… I could never get the fire to light or something ghastly so [he’d say]: ‘Go away!’

Prince William says of his late grandfather: “Every barbecue that I’ve ever been on, the Duke of Edinburgh has been there cooking…we go on barbecues and there’s no chef, there’s no anyone else… he’s definitely a dab hand at the barbecue.

“I can safely say there’s never been a case of food poisoning in the family that’s attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh.”

Other members of the family told funny anecdotes and shared sweet memories of Philip.

Three of his grandchildren – William, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips – all shared the same anecdote of their grandad’s mustard trick.

William said: “He used to take the lid off [the tube] and put it in your hands… and then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling!”

He added: “He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother.”

Zara said: “He gets you to hold it in your hands and I can’t remember exactly what he says – but he ends up slamming your hands together… it goes all over the ceiling.”

Peter added: “I actually think the marks are still there.”

Prince William said: “He enjoyed those jokes, he enjoyed messing around the children and being a grandfather”

William remembers his grandfather as “the heart of the family”.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, airs on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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