Prince Philip’s ‘history with other women’ over 70 years unveiled

PRINCE PHILIP has faced adultery rumours for the majority of his married life, and although there has never been evidence of such claims, one royal commentator has revealed the history of the Duke of Edinburgh's female associations.

PUBLISHED: 20:27, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:27, Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Philip and the Queen will be celebrating their momentous 73rd anniversary this November. Their marriage is often seen as an essential part of the Royal Family’s backbone, especially as their shared sense of duty and dedication to the crown have been unmatched. The Queen has described Philip as her “constant strength and stay”. However, their union has not always been seen as idyllic by the public.

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As the Queen has had to prioritise her royal duties, many believe Philip turned elsewhere for female attention.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward recalled the “public relations catastrophe” that emerged when Philip went on a long tour around the Commonwealth in 1956 until February 1957.

She explained: “Before long, rumours began to circulate – and even to be reported in the American press – that the Duke of Edinburgh was involved with another woman, whom he had been meeting regularly at the apartment of a court employee.”

Philip was reportedly “incandescent” and “deeply hurt” about the rumours, but despite the Palace’s denial of such claims, the speculation continued over the years.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince PhilipQueen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (Image: Getty)

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) marrying Prince Philip in 1947Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) marrying Prince Philip in 1947 (Image: Getty)

Ms Seward explained a whole host of women from aristocratic circles or the entertainment industry began to be linked to the Queen’s husband.

Though, the biographer added: “Not one iota of hard evidence of his supposed affairs has ever emerged.”

Similar claims had also been swirling around in 1948, when Pat Kirkwood, a stage performer, started dating Philip’s society photographer friend Sterling Nahum.

On a night out, Philip seemed to “monopolise Pat on the dance floor”, according to Ms Seward — a night which triggered a 50-year myth that they were romantically involved.

She later told a journalist: “I would have had a happier and easier life if Prince Philip, instead of coming uninvited to my dressing room, had gone home to his pregnant wife on the night in question.”

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The Queen and Philip are considered the backbone of the current Royal FamilyThe Queen and Philip are considered the backbone of the current Royal Family (Image: Getty)

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