The Duke of Edinburgh had “very close female friendships”, according to the royal expert, with Countess Mountbatten – who attended Prince Philip’s funeral – the “longest and most significant” of them
- Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April, had close friends, expert says
- His most significant friendship was probably with Countess Mountbatten
- But the Queen respected the relationship – and even invited her to her funeral
Prince Philip had a number of “very close friends,” according to prominent royal expert Robert Jobson, author of the upcoming book Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip, who died on April 9 this year at the age of 99, has had various close friendships with women throughout his life, according to Jobson.
A woman – whom Jobson declined to name – told him her relationship with the late Duke of Edinburgh was so close that “people will think we went to bed together” – although she made it clear that they did not. had never done so.
He added that among his female friendships, Prince Philip’s “longest and most significant” was with Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Jobson made the comments when referring to a recent episode of The Royal Beat on True Royalty Television.
Discussing some of the conversations he had with women associated with the late Duke of Edinburgh while writing the book, Jobson said: “Some of the quotes [are] of very close friends he had.
One of them said, ‘People will think we went to bed together. But you know, we never did, but I had a very close physico-chemical connection with him “”.
“It was a very weird quote, you know. “
According to the author, the Duke of Edinburgh’s most enduring female friendship was probably with Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
Jobson said: “He had several friends. But probably the longest and most significant was with Countess Mountbatten.
“The Queen accepted the friendship between the Duke and Penny, and… it shows you how mature the Queen was when she invited her to the funeral.
“There were very small numbers and she was there. I think it shows some respect.
Prince Philip, pictured here in 1953 wearing the uniform of the Royal Air Force Marshall, is said to have shared close friendships with a number of women throughout his life
Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, shared a lasting friendship with the Duke of Edinburgh, according to a royal expert. She was one of the few guests at his funeral
Royal commentator Robert Jobson, author of an upcoming book on Prince Philip, described the queen as “mature” for inviting Countess Mountbatten to the funeral
Countess Mountbatten was one of 30 mourners at her funeral on April 17, as Covid restrictions meant the original guest list of 800 was to be reduced.
The Countess is also said to be a close friend of the Queen, 95. Informally known as “Penny,” she was introduced to the monarch and her husband in 1975.
While people have speculated on his female friendships throughout his life, there is no evidence that Prince Philip was unfaithful to the Queen, and in fact the rumors seemed to annoy him.
Speaking to a reporter in 1992, he said: “Have you ever stopped to think that in the past 40 years I have never moved without a police officer accompanying me?
“So how the hell could I get away with something like this?” ”