Prince Philip refused to answer Gyles’ biography question about The Queen ‘It’s personal’

Prince Philip refused to answer Gyles’ biography question about The Queen ‘It’s personal’

04/18/2021

Gyles Brandreth reveals question Prince Philip refused to answer

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Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Sunday about the Duke of Edinburgh’s life following his funeral in Windsor on Saturday, Gyles Brandreth unveiled a question he’d once asked him, only to be refused an answer. The 73-year-old explained that he had wanted to find out about the relationship between the Prince and the Queen, but that the Duke had “erupted” in response.

Gyles said: “He [Prince Philip] could be very friendly, and then he could also, the next day, be quite fierce.

“So you had to be on your toes with him at all times.

“He was the most multi-faceted person I’ve ever known – you would need to write a book to see the whole of his story.

“Which I only discovered when I wrote the book about him and I sat down with him.”

He went on to say: “The challenge with him is he did so many things, he was interested in so much.

“He was such an interesting human being, but he hated talking about himself.

“And I once asked him – because his main role, of course as well as the extraordinary range of work he did, from the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, to his interest in mental health and the environment – all that work that he did, his main role in life for 70 years was to support the Queen.

“And I asked him about their chemistry and he erupted and he said ‘What kind of a question is that?’

“You know, it was a personal question, but I persisted because I thought, ‘You have asked me to write this short biography on you, I ought to ask about that, because that has been your role.’

“And he wouldn’t answer it, but he did point me towards a book by a man called Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.”

He added: “This is a man who he admired because he’d been a pioneer aviator and Prince Philip was fascinated by all kinds of aircraft and flew many over his lifetime and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was the person who wrote ‘The Little Prince’.

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“And the connection Philip showed me was this: it simply read ‘love consists not necessarily in gazing into one another’s eyes, but in looking in the same direction.'”

Gyles has appeared on several interviews during coverage about Prince Philip following his death on April 9.

The 99-year-old is said to have died peacefully at Windsor ahead of his 100th birthday.

His funeral yesterday saw 30 guests attend due to Covid-19 restrictions, as the Queen was forced to sit alone.

At one point during the interview, Gyles, who had appeared via video link, kept losing connection.

Thankfully, the technical glitch was sorted and he was able to conclude the chat with hosts Roger Johnson and Victoria Fritz.

He went on to share more anecdotes about the Duke, as well as discussing Saturday’s ceremony.

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.

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