The Queen Mother and Prince Philip battled over his decision to install telephones in Buckingham Palace, a new documentary has revealed.
The Duke of Edinburgh, now 97, apparently clashed with his mother-in-law in the 1950s after he removed the footmen who used to take messages from one royal to another.
According to Channel 5’s The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen, set to air on Saturday, the royal pair ‘never really got on’.
Prince Philip stands next to his mother-in-law, the Queen Mother, in a photoshoot to announce his engagement to the Queen (then Prince Elizabeth) in July 1947. Left: Queen Elizabeth II, far right: King George VI stands next to his daughter, Princess Margaret. A new documentary says the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s mother, real name Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, ‘never really got along’
One insider revealed that the Queen Mother, real name Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, disliked Philip’s ‘progressive’ attitude towards technology.
He was famously the brains behind the decision to broadcast his wife’s Coronation on TV in 1953.
As the first ever Coronation to be televised, it was watched worldwide by 27 million people, staggering numbers for the time.
She also resented moving out of Buckingham Palace to the ‘small and horrid’ Clarence House, the show says.
In contrast to her mother, the Queen, 92, has embraced technology during her reign and even composed her first ever
The Duke of Edinburgh, now 97, clashed with his mother-in-law in the 1950s after he removed the footmen who use to take messages from one royal to another (pictured together at an Easter parade at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the early 1990s)
The documentary also reveals the Queen Mother resented having to move out of Buckingham Palace upon her husband’s death to make way for the newly-married Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The three are pictured together in 1999
Speaking of the Queen Mother, who died aged 101 in 2002, biographer Robert Lacey said: ‘There she was unashamedly harking back to when Britain had an empire – charming, aristocratic, frankly snobbish, no pretence of actually living in the 20th century.’
It’s not the first documentary to shine light on their tumultuous relationship.
In Netflix’s ‘The Royal House of Windsor’ the narrator says: ‘The Queen Mother was wary of Prince Philip.
‘She thought he bullied his son and failed to appreciate how sensitive he was.’
But Prince Philip wasn’t the only family member she clashed with.
The Queen Mother also clashed with her sister-in-law, Wallis Simpson, who infamously shook the royal family after Prince Edward abdicated to marry the American divorcee. It is believed it’s her personal influence as Queen Consort that was instrumental in Simpson being denied the title, Her Royal Highness
The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen also it was Elizabeth’s personal influence as the new Queen Consort that was instrumental in her sister-in-law Wallis Simpson being denied the title, Her Royal Highness, on her marriage in 1937 to the Duke of Windsor, after he had abdicated the throne as Edward VIII.
His reign lasted less than 11 months. The denial of the HRH has been challenged as contrary to Common Law.
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