Prince Philip’s ‘secret to happy marriage’ gave fascinating insight into bond with Queen

Prince Philip: Expert reveals his 'secret to a happy marriage'

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Prince Philip’s “secret of a happy marriage” has left royal commentators in stitches. The late Duke of Edinburgh was married to the Queen for 73 years before his death last month. Royal biographer Robert Jobson spoke about the long-lived bond on the ITV Royal Rota podcast.

He told listeners: “At the end of the day he said very many things.

“One of the ones that stood out for me was when he said the secret of a happy marriage.

“I wish I’d learnt this given my track record.

“He said the secret of a happy marriage is to spend a lot of time apart and to have very different interests.”

Host Lizzie Robinson said: “One of the things that the Queen loved so much about him was that he didn’t tiptoe around her.

“Everyone else treated her like the Queen or a princess.

“He treated her as Elizabeth and that is why she loved him so much.”

Co-host Chris Ship added: “He knew not to overstep the mark even with his wife.”

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Mr Jobson told the podcast: “I’ve heard a lot about him being two steps behind.

“Most of the time when he was on these trips he’d be wandering off.

“He’d go wandering off. Where is he? No one knows where he is.”

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He continued: “He wouldn’t be two steps behind, he’d be off somewhere else checking things out.”

Philip and the Queen were married on November 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey.

The exiled Greek prince proposed to the then Princess Elizabeth in 1946.

However, it was kept secret and delayed until her 21st birthday the following April, at the request of her father, King George VI.

The engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947.

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