Prince Philip funeral: Queen 'holding up well' claims Jobson
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Prince Philip wasn’t one to hide his opinions and he often struggled to keep his temper at bay, with numerous reports of the Duke shouting expletives at employees and members of the press. But a royal expert has said the Duke rarely exploded in front of his wife, the Queen, who had the ability “to curb his overzealous temper with just one word or look”.
Writing in his new biography on Prince Philip, Robert Jobson gave several insights into the couple’s relationship.
He revealed that despite often engaging in heated conversations with his son Prince Charles, the Duke often managed to keep his temper when around the Queen.
The biographer wrote: “Philip, however, somehow used to curb his overzealous temper with just one word or look from his wife…
“If Philip overstepped the mark, a raised eyebrow from his wife or a timely cough could be enough to silence him.”
Mr Jobson went on to give one example where the Queen had a profound effect on the Duke’s behaviour.
He noted on 5.30am one morning, Philip could be heard “swearing at his police protection officer” directly below the Queen’s window.
The Duke was enraged the officer would not allow to go off deer stalking on his own.
Mr Jobson noted the royal shouted: “I’m on f**king holiday, I don’t need you with me. Now bugger off!”
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The disagreement woke the Queen, who the expert said “was not amused” but the loud exchange occurring right under her window.
As a result, Her Majesty ended up leaning out of the window and saying: “Philip, what on earth is the matter with you?”
Mr Jobson noted: “At that point all went quiet.
“Philip knew he was in the wrong.”
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The Duke then allowed the protection officer to travel with him in the Land Rover.
But Mr Jobson notes Philip didn’t always remain deferent to his wife, and sometimes “lost his temper”.
He wrote: “Like any other couple Elizabeth and Philip had their fair share of spousal disagreements.
“In private Philip lost his temper and dismissed his wife as a ‘bloody fool’ on numerous occasions.
“Despite her position he was never afraid of telling her if he felt she had got something wrong.
“Her Majesty, of course, was perfectly capable of standing up for herself, but his bluntness sometimes helped her shape her own thoughts and even her decisions.”
Robert Jobson has written several books on the Royal Family, including the No.1 selling book ‘Diana: Closely Guarded Secret’ in 2002.
His most recent book, ‘Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh’ is available to buy now.
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