Was Prince Philip Cheating on Elizabeth II? In “The Crown” he got close to the godson’s wife

Was Prince Philip Cheating on Elizabeth II? In “The Crown” he got close to the godson’s wife

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Penny was technically related to Prince Philip – in 1979 she married his godson Norton Knatchbull, the grandson of Louis Mountbatten. She and her husband live in the Broadlands, the same 86-acre estate where the Duke and Queen spent their honeymoon in 1947.

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In the early 1990s, a friendship blossomed between Philip and Penny. They got close after the death of Knatchbull’s daughter, 5-year-old Leonora (the girl died of liver cancer – ed.). Elizabeth’s husband comforted her grieving mother and helped her develop a new hobby of driving. For he believed that a sport he had practiced after retiring and quitting polo could be an effective distraction.

“It was Philip who encouraged Penny Romsey (now the Countess of Mountbatten) to start driving,” wrote Ingrid Seward in the biography “Prince Philip Revealed”. “She expressed an interest and asked him if it would be possible to train her daughter’s pony,” she added.

Their closeness, as well as the age difference, has led to speculation about an affair. The series Queen Elizabeth growled at Philip during a state visit to Russia, where he admitted that he had to look for “company” elsewhere. “I don’t want to be asked to give up on something when I haven’t done anything wrong,” states the prince, played by Jonathan Pryce.

There is no evidence that he and Penny were more than friends. Importantly, the Countess was liked by the other Windsor and often accompanied them in public appearances.

In 1991, she stood on the balcony during Trooping the Color with the entire royal family, and in 2006 she starred in the documentary “Ten Days That Made the Queen”. She often participated in the Royal Windsor Horse Show as a significant guest, while being photographed by the media. When Philip died, she was one of 30 people invited to his funeral, and this year she also attended the state burial of Queen Elizabeth.

The monarch’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, called the rumors of the Duke and Penny’s affair “nonsense.” It is also worth paying attention to the words of Philip to a reporter in 1991, who asked him about his alleged infidelity: “Good God, woman. Did you forget that for years I did not go anywhere without a policeman accompanying me? can something like this go? “.

Philip and Penny
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