Boris Johnson's Supreme Court row triggers eerie royal memory for Prince Philip

BORIS JOHNSON’s prorogation of Parliament and the subsequent political fallout could trigger an eerie royal memory for Prince Philip, it can be revealed.

PUBLISHED: 12:51, Wed, Sep 25, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:03, Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Mr Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful. He was found to have misled the Queen, who had granted permission for the prorogation, sparking fury from both those who accuse Mr Johnson of being undemocratic and those who are slamming the Supreme Court’s decision. Even the Queen has come under fire from a Republican group, who claimed she acted “unlawfully” herself – and all of this is likely to bring back unpleasant memories for Prince Philip from his own history.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was born into the Greek royal family, who were exiled from the country when Philip was an infant.

He is a first cousin once removed of King Constantine II of Greece, who was King when the monarchy was abolished in 1973.

Constantine’s political actions arguably led to the 1967 military coup, the seven-year Greek Military Junta and ultimately the abolition of the monarchy.

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Labour MP Kate Osamor warned the Queen in August that such a fate could befall the British monarchy.

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She said: “The Queen should look at what happened to her cousin Tino, ex King of Greece, when you enable a right-wing coup! Monarchy abolished!”

The Greeks have a complicated relationship with the monarchy, having abolished it once before – between 1924 and 1935, when Philip was a child.

Friction between politicians and the royals led to great instability in Greece throughout the 20th century and ultimately ended in the demise of the country's monarchy.

Prince Philip is the first cousin of two previous Kings of Greece – King Paul who reigned from 1947 – 1964 and his older brother King George II, who reigned from 1922 – 1924 and again from 1935 – 1947.

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Trouble started brewing during the reign of Constantine I, who came to the throne in 1913.

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He disagreed with Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos over whether Greece should enter World War I, which led to the National Schism. 

Constantine forced the Prime Minister to resign twice but in 1917 he left Greece after the Allies threatened to bombard Athens, and his second son Alexander became King.

After Alexander’s death, and Mr Venizelos’ defeat in the 1920 elections, a referendum reinstated Constantine.

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