In-laws have long had a reputation for clashing heads – and it appears the royals are no different.
Talk of a strained relationship between Prince Philip and his mother-in-law the Queen Mother, has been circulating ahead of the release of new documentary The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen.
The film explores the life of the former Queen Consort, who died aged 101 in 2002, and exposes new details about a long running dislike between herself and her daughter Queen Elizabeth’s husband.
It was their differing attitudes towards modernising the palace that caused the greatest divide, with the pair’s dislike apparently beginning in the 1950s, when Philip, now 97, wanted to install phones at Buckingham Palace to replace the footmen who used to take messages from one royal to another.
Ever the traditionalist, the Queen Mother preferred to keep things as they were and detested Philip’s ‘progressive’ attitude towards technology.
One insider went so far as to reveal: “The Queen Mother and Prince Philip never really got on.”
She also allegedly attempted to stop Philip’s plan to have Queen Elizabeth’s coronation televised – an event which was watched by a then-unprecedented 27-million people across the globe.
And it’s not the first time rumours of a feud between the pair have swirled.
The Netflix documentary series The Royal House of Windsor, regularly profiled the famous in-laws’ differences, especially surrounding Prince Charles, who was famously close to his grandmother.
“The Queen Mother was wary of Prince Philip,” the program claimed.
“She thought he bullied his son and failed to appreciate how sensitive he was.”
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