Dark Secrets You Never Knew About Prince Philip’s Life

After standing by Queen Elizabeth II’s side for 70 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has officially retired from his royal duties. The 96-year-old has been known for his off-the-wall comments and his naval service, but if you get into the details of his childhood and earlier years, then you’ll learn that Prince Philip has come quite a long way.

When Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth wed in 1947, the Greek Prince was seen as fairly undesirable by the British people. Despite his royal heritage, the prince’s sordid past certainly raised some eyebrows. Though Netflix’s The Crown addresses some of Prince Philip’s past, here are the dark secrets you probably never knew about his life.

In exile from the beginning

Prince Phillip stands while wearing a uniform.

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Prince Phillip was born in 1921 to Princess Alice of Battenberg and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. His father Prince Andrew was the King of Greece’s brother.

However, when Prince Philip turned 1, his uncle was effectively removed from the throne, and the family was forced to flee. Prince Phillip was carried away in a fruit crate.

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