Prince Edward is not nearly as well known as his siblings, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. The Earl of Wessex is currently 11th in line to the British throne and tends to stay out of the limelight often. However, the Earl is still involved in the royal family business and has taken on a majority of his father’s responsibilities after Prince Philip announced his retirement last year.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward reveals in “Prince Edward: A Biography” that Prince Philip broke centuries of tradition by joining Queen Elizabeth II in the delivery room when she gave birth to her third son.
Ms Seward writes that, Philip “took a concerned interest in the proceedings”.
The editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine adds that, as a young girl, the Queen had wanted to marry a farmer, live in the countryside and have lots of animals.
“Above all she wanted four children – two boys and two girls," the 1995 biography claims.
Prince Philip broke centuries of tradition by joining Queen Elizabeth II in the delivery room (Image: Getty)
The Queen had married a sailor, not a farmer but her other wishes had been fulfilled.
Ms Seward adds that Her Majesty was convinced that she was going to have another little girl, and was not bothered to think of boys names. Indeed, only