Prince Philip: Royal family share their memories of late Duke
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Prince Philip was more than willing to volunteer to go on stage with famous strongwoman and performer, Joan Rhodes, in a private performance for the Royal Family in Windsor Castle. Joan’s tricks would leave audiences speechless as she bent steel bars with her teeth, ripped large phone books into quarters, and lifted two men at a time. It seems that Prince Philip was no match for her, as he failed to bend anything but a nail, according to a royal expert.
Neil Sean discussed the funny story on his Youtube channel.
Mr Sean said: “Part of Joan’s act was to invite four members of the audience, male members, on the stage for what she called her committee.
“What’s interesting here is nobody wanted to get up apart from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Now as Joan described, he was a well-built man, very strong, ex-Royal Navy, that sort of thing, so she was a little bit intimidated that in fact, he might steal her act and be able to bend some of the objects that she was famous for.
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He added: “Interesting to note for her, he couldn’t even hit the iron bar, the telephone book, he couldn’t do it.
“She did allow him the fact that he got a kink in a nail that she gave him to bend.
“Now apparently, Prince Philip dined out on this story for many years. He was a big fan of Joan. And the reason why I’m sharing this particular story with you is that Joan now features in a brand new book, which is all about her life.
“I contacted Palace sources, and they told me that in fact, yes, there is a good record of that particular show.
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“Princess Margaret was laughing so much at Arthur Askey that she was upset that a mascara ran, so it must have been a great show.
“You can understand why Prince Phillip remembered it for so many years.
Prince Philip was well known for his sense of humour and cheeky one-liners.
He would often make the Queen and the public laugh at his inappropriate and occasionally off-the-cuff remarks.
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Philip was once in trouble with the Queen after shouting: “Yak, yak, yak; come on get a move on,” from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 while she was chatting the hosts.
Prince Philip died earlier this year aged 99, he was months away from hitting his 100th birthday.
The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years.
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