Prince Philip would be ’embarrassed’ by Queen’s COP26 speech, biographer claims

Prince Philip would have been "embarrassed" following the Queen's COP26 speech yesterday, according to his biographer.

Robert Jobson, who wrote Prince Philip's Century 1921‑2021, was full of praise for what the Queen said but admitted that the "deeply personal" nature of the address may have been too much for the late Duke.

Her Majesty was forced to give her speech via video, missing the climate conference due to her health scare last month.

In it, she beamed with pride as she discussed Philip's commitment to the climate crisis and called upon those present to take action.

"This is a duty I am especially happy to discharge, as the impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh," she said.

"I remember well that in 1969, he told an academic gathering: 'If the world pollution situation is not critical at the moment, it is as certain as anything can be, that the situation will become increasingly intolerable within a very short time … If we fail to cope with this challenge, all the other problems will pale into insignificance.'

"It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.

"I could not be more proud of them."

Jobson, who built up an intimate understanding of Philip through his work, described the Queen's speech as "wonderful" but reckons that the her famously stiff-lipped husband may not have enjoyed it.

He told FEMAIL: "I thought it was a wonderful, deeply personal touch. A tribute to a man of vision, that Prince Philip was. He would have been embarrassed. But it shows how rightly proud she was of him.

The biographer was also keen to praise Philip's environmentalism and described him as a "great champion for nature" and "a farsighted man", citing his creation of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature as evidence.

This isn't the first time that royal authors have claimed that Philip would have been unsettled by the tributes to him since his passing, aged 99 in April this year.

Royal biographer Nigel Cawthorne has previously claimed that, although Philip would never "countenance public displays of affection", the royals seem to have "broken this rule" as they embrace emotion in their recent speeches.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

Source: Read Full Article