Prince Philip: Children pay tribute to Duke in documentary
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Prince Philip passed away in April this year, aged 99, and the Royal Family members who knew him best are sitting down for a BBC special to reminisce about happy memories with the Duke of Edinburgh. In a clip released by Clarence House, the Prince of Wales recalls fun memories of his childhood as he pays tribute to his late father in the upcoming BBC One documentary. In the clip shared on Monday, Prince Philip with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne can be seen riding bicycles as their aunt, Princess Margaret, chases after the trio.
Charles, 72, says of his father: “He was marvellous at arranging silly games.
“I mean, the fun of having obviously young parents was… there were lots of chasing around and mad things.”
The Queen was just 22-years-old when she gave birth to her first son on 14 November 1948, while Prince Philip was 27.
This meant Charles and Anne were lucky enough to have very young and agile parents who could happily keep them entertained as small children.
Heidi Skudder, a Parenting Expert at The Baby Show, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Prince Philip’s parenting skills as a father, and as a grandfather too.
Heidi said: “It’s very clear to see that Prince Philip was much loved, not only by the wider public but also by members of his close family too.
“As both a father and grandfather figure, it was obvious that Prince Philip was the fun figure within the family.
“This was mentioned recently by Prince William talking about how he used to play games and jokes with his grandfather.
“Philip’s cheeky smiles and sense of humour saw him through years of public service and these elements of his personality were no doubt a big draw to not only his grandchildren but more recently also to his great-grandchildren too.
“Whereas the Queen’s role has been (to more of a degree) closed off and more serious on public engagements, Philip was often seen laughing and joking with his own children and grandchildren at public events, bringing a more relaxed and informal feel to anything that he attended.
“He had a sense of duty to his country, but that never meant that life should be too boring when he was around and his enjoyment of life and ability to make those around him feel at ease and laugh has been quite obvious.
“Philip would have been a huge help to the royal Princes in the years following Diana’s death and there is no doubt that Philip was a hugely important figure in their later teenage years – acting almost as a mentor, perhaps stepping in at times to somewhat of a father role too.
“It is no doubt that over the years, Prince Philip softened even more so and hugely enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren – memories that the royals will, I am sure, treasure forever.”
In another clip shared by the Royal Family’s social media accounts, Anne, 71, recalls fishing with her father in Scotland.
She said: “I always said I couldn’t catch anything and he’d say, ‘Nonsense, come with me.’
“And after I had been casting for about half an hour, he said, ‘I see what you mean.’
“And I just knew it was something I could never do.”
In more archive footage, a young Prince Edward can be seen getting into a rowing boat with his father, willing him to “get in”.
The Earl of Wessex recalls: “I used to go out with my father fishing and I can’t quite remember at which point I was then given charge of the oars but I then had to very quickly learn how to row a boat.”
The BBC originally conceived of the programme as part of the Duke’s 100th birthday celebrations but it was altered after his sad death in April.
Now the programme features interviews with his family recorded before and after his passing.
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