Camilla’s lessons from Prince Philip: Duchess of Cornwall says he showed her how to be a royal consort without ‘being flashy’ – as family praise the ‘incredible support’ he gave to the Queen
- Camilla, 74, appeared on Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers last night
- Duchess of Cornwall praised Duke of Edinburgh for shaping the role of consort
- Other Royal Family members also reflected on Philip’s dedication to the Queen
Camilla, 74, appeared on Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers alongside all of the Queen, 95, and Philip’s children, as well as the duke’s adult grandchildren.
The Prince of Wales’ wife praised the duke for shaping the role of consort, saying: ‘I saw the way he supported the Queen, not in a flashy way but just by doing it quietly. It’s something I’ve learned by.’
Other Royal Family members also reflected on Philip’s dedication to his wife of 73-years, with Prince William, 39, applauding his grandfather for ‘giving up a very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort’.
The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) has said Prince Philip showed her how to be a supportive royal consort without being ‘flashy’ in last night’s BBC tribute documentary to the late Duke of Edinburgh
He said: ‘It was very much a man’s world back then, so for a man to give up a career to support a woman, albeit the queen, was a big step.’
William’s cousin Zara Tindall, 40, added: ‘It must have been the most daunting thing you could ever think of doing in your whole life.’
She added: ‘The amazing thing he’s been able to do is be an incredible support to my grandmother but also to stay true to himself the whole way through.
‘That’s what my grandmother needed. That’s why they worked so well together and fell in love I think.’
Prince Charles, 72, echoed this, adding: ‘My mother did find him a great support, she valued his judgement on some things.’
Camilla (pictured with Philip in 2016), 74, appeared on Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers alongside all of the Queen, 95, and Philip’s children, as well as the duke’s adult grandchildren
Meanwhile, Princess Anne’s husband Tim Laurence, 66, also praised the Duke of Edinburgh for ‘making his own way’.
He said: ‘When he married Elizabeth, he wondered what the template was for the husband of the Queen. Of course there wasn’t one.
‘He had to plough his own furrow and make his own way. He made the same point to me. It’s no good trying to copy someone else in the royal family, you have to do it yourself.’
Interviews began in early 2021 to celebrate Philip’s 100th birthday in June, but the programme has since become a moving tribute to the Queen’s husband after he slipped away peacefully on April 9, two months before his big day.
Meanwhile Prince William praised his grandfather for ‘giving up a very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort’
All of those interviewed admitted that Philip was a man of his generation and upbringing – and didn’t suffer fools gladly.
Prince Charles described how his father would watching him play football as a child and shout from the sidelines: ‘Stop scratching your backside and do something!’
But all agreed that he was a man like no other and one that has left a huge void in their lives.
William added: ‘He’s always been the heart of the family and he’s always been a huge presence behind everything we have done, really.
‘It was very much a man world’s back then, so for a man to give up his career to support a woman, albeit the Queen, was still quite a big step.’