The cruel rumours of Prince Philip’s affairs which threatened to derail Queen’s marriage
THE Queen and Prince Philip’s 70 years of marriage has been plagued by rumours of affairs between the Duke and celebrities and family friends.
But the happy couple refused to be rocked by scandal to make it to their diamond wedding anniversary this year.
Allegations have been detailed in new book My Husband And I: The Inside Story Of 70 Years Of Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward.
Miss Seward, the widow of former Daily Express gossip columnist Ross Benson, wrote: “Through most of the Queen and Prince Philip’s 70-year marriage, rumours of his alleged affairs have been rife.
“Even now, people wonder how he could have left his wife and two young children — Charles and Anne — for a jaunt round far-flung outposts of the Commonwealth in late 1956.
“It lasted more than four months, and there was gossip about wild parties. Did it have any foundation?”
She listed the alleged mistresses the Prince kept, including actresses Helene Foufounis and Pat Kirkwood, but said she did not believe the scandals had any basis in reality.
She wrote: “The jury is out, but it hardly seems credible that anything untoward could have taken place without the knowledge of at least some of the royal yacht Britannia’s crew of 220 men and 20 officers.”
Miss Seward said that Mrs Foufounis was linked with Philip after he was asked to be godfather to her children – whose father was kept secret.
In an adaption of the book, published in the Daily Mail, Miss Seward wrote: “Helene had two children while separated from her first husband but refused to reveal who their father was.
“So when Philip elected to become godfather to both, some assumed that it must be him.
“Despite this, Helene allowed the paternity of her children to remain a mystery — though one of her sons has flatly denied that the Prince is his father.”
Miss Seward said only one Royal biographer, Sarah Bradford, really believed the rumours of affairs.
Miss Bradford said in 2004: “There is no doubt in my mind at all. The Duke of Edinburgh has had affairs — yes, full-blown affairs and more than one.
“Not with Pat Kirkwood or Merle Oberon or any of those people. All that was nonsense, complete nonsense. I don’t think there was ever anything in any of that.
“But he has affairs. And the Queen accepts it. I think she thinks that’s how men are.”
Miss Seward said these rumours greatly upset the Royal couple – especially Philip.
The Prince’s former private secretary Mike Parker revealed: “The Duke was incandescent. He was very, very angry. And deeply hurt.”
And in a cutting example of Philip’s famous wit, he told a reporter in 1992: “Have you ever stopped to think that, for the past 40 years, I have never moved anywhere without a policeman accompanying me? So how the hell could I get away with anything like that?”
What cannot be argued is that as the Queen and Philip near their 70th wedding anniversary, their love and devotion is as clear as ever.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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