Inside Prince Philip’s ‘very practical’ preserved office – ‘he just cracked on’


The Duke of Edinburgh’s study can now be seen just as he left it, complete with a tidy desk and beautiful photos from his marriage. The Duke of Edinburgh’s study will be seen on BBC One on Wednesday night, along with his library and private secretary’s office, giving an insight into his unique life as the longest-serving consort in history. Philip’s desk is seen to be very practical, with just a few touching photos celebrating his marriage.

Alexandra said: “It’s a very practical room. He didn’t have the frills. It was just a very efficient way of working. He just cracked on.”

Peter Phillips, Philip’s eldest grandson, said: “I just have memories of him getting a new laptop or a new printer, sitting in his office and hearing him shouting at it.

“Couldn’t get it to print or he couldn’t get this… I mean he loved technology, he loved gadgets, but it was always quite entertaining to see him trying to figure them all out.”

Zara Tindall said: “We’d always try and find him new gadgets for presents.”


She went on to say her grandfather would often examine them before saying: “Well, that’s just bloody stupid!”

Princess Eugenie, who managed to introduce her son August Brooksbank to her grandfather a few days before he died in April, revealed he had painted a picture of her painting a bunch of flowers as a surprise wedding gift.

The Duke of Cambridge recalled his grandfather’s favourite prank of asking a grandchild to hold a squeezable tube of mustard with the lid off.

Prince William said: “And then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling.

“He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”

Princess Anne described how he taught his four children to drive very early on the family’s private estates, as well as setting up go-kart tracks, teaching swimming, sailing and reading bedtime stories.

Prince Charles said: “The one thing my father did… he was marvellous at arranging silly games.

“The fun of having young parents was there were lots of chasing around and mad things.”

Prince William continued: “My grandfather loved things when they go wrong.

“Both my grandparents love that because you can imagine, they’ve lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time and so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot.

“Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed, they love it.

“One of the things I do really admire him for is the fact that he gave up a very, very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort,” Prince William continued.

“And to support her and to go into service and duty in a different way. You know, it was very much a man’s world back then. And so for a man to give up his career to support a woman, albeit the Queen, was still quite a big step.”

The Duke of Sussex added: “The two of them together were just the most adorable couple.”


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