Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020

Prince Philip news: The shocking reason Queen Mother ‘disliked’ duke revealed | Royal | News

Documentary The Private Lives of the Windsors unearthed new stories between Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother in her first years as monarch, including the Queen Mother’s dislike of Prince Philip as he courted her daughter. According to the documentary, the Queen Mother did not approve of Prince Philip as she saw him as a “dangerously progressive” man.

It also claims the Queen Mother became jealous of her daughter’s position “power and privilege” when she rose to the throne.

But according to the series, the Queen’s mother worried about the Duke of Edinburgh marrying into the family as she saw him as “the enemy”.

Her alleged animosity against the Duke was reportedly inspired by his courting of her daughter.

The final episode of the show, which airs next Monday on the Smithsonian Channel, alleges the Queen Mother was used to doing things her way.

She became bitter when she was forced to accept Prince Philip into her family because he “challenged her authority as family matriarch”.

Historian and biographer Professor Jane Ridley says: “The Queen Mother viewed him as rather an enemy and in fact one would see those early years as being a tug-of-war and a tussle for the ear of the Queen.”

Royal biographer Christopher Warwick added: “With the death of King George, we have to remember how young they were.

“The King was 56, the Queen mother was 51.

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“The Royal family were quite keen to keep Elizabeth away from Prince Philip, as she was clearly devoted to him and was determined to marry him, but she had a lot of concerns about his suitability.”

Professor Williams said the Queen Mother made the “best of a bad situation” after the Royal couple got married and told her “darling Lillybet”, the family’s nickname for Elizabeth, both parents were delighted to welcome Philip as a new son.

But as the King’s health worsened, the Queen Mother took on more of his responsibilities.

When he passed away from lung cancer in 1952, she had to retire from her duties and let her daughter step in.

Historian Piers Brendon explains: “Churchill had the idea that she could perform a useful role in helping Elizabeth II be Queen.

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