Prince Philip was in an "emotionally intimate" relationship with a famous novelist shortly before marrying the Queen, a royal author claims.
Ingrid Seward's new book 'Prince Philip Revealed' claims Duke had been "full of doubts" before his marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.
Shortly before marrying the world’s most eligible heiress, Philip was riddled with doubt about marrying into the British royal family, the Daily Mail reports.
Seward writes that Philip went to stay in Cornwall with novelist Daphne du Maurier.
This was shortly before his royal wedding, but he enjoyed an "emotionally intimate" but not sexual relationship with the attractive novelist.
After Philip had stayed the weekend, Seward claims he had told her: "I don’t want to go back, I want to stay with you."
But she had told him not to be silly, and said: "Your country needs you."
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Seward's book also claims Philip was incensed with the old-fashioned way Buckingham Palace was being run.
After being forced to give up his career in the navy to become a full-time consort to the queen upon the death of her father King George VI in 1952, he found himself "constantly being squashed, snubbed, ticked off," Seward quotes his friend Mike Parker as claiming.
And he was reportedly unhappy his children had to take the name Windsor and not Mountbatten, his family name.
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Seward writes how Philip had an odd upbringing, even by royal standards.
His dad was sentenced to death for disobeying orders the year after his son was born, and was banished from Greece after receiving a reprieve from execution.
His mother suffered severe mental illness and he hardly saw his parents after being packed off to school in England at age nine.
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But his uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was ambitious for his nephew, who had begun to turn heads with his good looks as a young man.
Philip was a cadet at Britain's Royal Naval College in 1939 when then Princess Elizabeth's parents inspected the fleet.
His uncle arranged for Philip to entertain Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret.
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A thirteen-year-old Elizabeth reportedly knew immediately that Philip, then 18, was the one for her, Seward reports her nanny, Crawfie, as saying.
Philip proposed in 1946, having served in the war.
Seward writes about rumours of Philip's affairs with several women, mainly either actresses or aristocrats.
Admitting he has a roving eye, she states there is not "a shred of evidence of a physical relationship … but the stories will never go away".
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