Prince Philip had mastered a hobby and turned it into an ‘art form’ and would bat other royals away, Prince Charles has revealed.
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Memories, a BBC new programme, saw the Prince of Wales reflect on his father’s death and pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip, who was 99 years old, died on April 9. He would have been 100 this year.
Prince Harry, William and their father Prince Philip joined the team to talk about their beloved grandfather. They also recalled the fond memories they shared with him.
Prince Charles also spoke out about how he could not master his father’s love for barbecue.
He said: “He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form. And if I ever tried to do it he … I could never get the fire to light or something ghastly so (he’d say): ‘Go away!’”
William then added: “Every barbecue that I’ve ever been on, the Duke of Edinburgh has been there cooking … he’s definitely a dab hand at the barbecue.
“I can safely say there’s never been a case of food poisoning in the family that’s attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Prince Philip also held a love of food in general, and according to the Countess of Wessex, was a huge fan of the Hairy Bikers.
She said: “Cooking is something that I love talking to him about. And he loves watching cookery programmes. Hairy Bikers , I think is one of his favourites.”
The programme let royals speak of their favourite moments with the Duke, with Prince Harry opening up about the six moving words he said to him before his tour in Afghanistan.
“Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter of fact and just said: ‘Make sure you come back alive’ … then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of: ‘Well you made it. How was it?’ That’s how he was,” Harry said that he remembered.
“He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.”
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers airs Wednesday 9pm on BBC One.
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