Prince Philip: Children pay tribute to Duke in documentary
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Eugenie is among members of the Royal Family taking part in a BBC programme in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. In the documentary, she reveals Philip gave her a painting he had done of a bunch of flowers as a touching wedding present.
Eugenie, who tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in 2018, said: “It was so nice, it’s now sitting in my house in London and I’m so proud of it, you know?”
The programme, which airs on Wednesday, features tributes to the Duke from more than a dozen members of the Royal Family.
Prince William revealed Philip would get in trouble with the Queen for playing a practical joke on his grandchildren which involved squirting mustard on the ceiling.
The Duke of Cambridge said: “He used to take the lid off 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 for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”
Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall also told of the mustard game at family barbeques.
Zara said: “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.”
Zara and Peter also spoke about how Philip loved technology but would get frustrated at times.
Peter said: “I just have memories of him getting a new laptop or a new printer, sitting in his office and hearing him shouting at it.”
Both William and Prince Harry said Philip and the Queen enjoyed it if things went amiss on royal engagements.
William said: “My grandfather loved things when they go wrong.
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“Both my grandparents love that because you can imagine, they’ve lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time and so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot.
“Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed. They love it.”
The Duke of Sussex, who was filmed separately, added: “The two of them are going ‘Well I wonder if something’s gonna go wrong this year? How exciting’.”
Prince Charles laughed as he remembered Philip trying to teach him to carriage drive.
The Prince of Wales said: “It didn’t last very long because, I don’t know why, I got complete hysterics driving the thing up the long walk with him getting more and more annoyed that I wasn’t concentrating properly.”
William described his grandfather as “the heart of the family” and expressed his admiration for Philip giving up his successful Navy career to support the Queen in the 1950s.
He said: “It was very much a man’s world back then. And so for a man to give up his career to support a woman, albeit the Queen, was still quite a big step.”
William also spoke of the Duke’s no nonsense approach, saying: “There’s no games played. He’s very up front”.
Harry, using a cricket analogy, said Philip, who died two months before his 100th birthday, had a “fantastic innings”, scored a six, but “didn’t actually wanna get to a century”.
He said: “More than anything I miss his humour but I miss him, I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there. I also know that she’s gonna be ok without him.”
Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Camilla and Lady Louise Windsor are among other royals who feature in the programme.
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will air on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.
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