Prince Philip asked a confidante on the day of his historic wedding to Queen Elizabeth II ‘am I brave or foolish’, it has emerged.
In a series of articles looking back on the late Prince’s life royal biographer Gyles Brandreth said that when he proposed to his future-wife he was ‘a relatively penniless prince, with a rackety family and no home to call his own.’
The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday and his funeral is set to take place on Saturday.
On Wednesday it emerged that the Queen had returned to royal duties, just a few days after her loss.
She hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel formally stood down as Lord Chamberlain.
The Duke of York has said his mother is bearing up stoically and the family have been rallying round to support her.
The Duke of Cambridge has pledged to uphold Philip’s wishes and continue to support his grandmother the Queen and “get on with the job”.
In a piece for the Mail Online Mr Brandreth looked back on the time that Philip proposed to his future wife the Queen.
He said: “On the morning of his wedding, just after breakfast, Philip asked Patricia Mountbatten: ‘Am I being very brave or very foolish?’
“I asked Lady Mountbatten once what she thought he meant by that. ‘He was apprehensive,’ she said. ‘He was uncertain — not about marrying Princess Elizabeth, but about what the marriage would mean for him. He was giving up a great deal.’
“For a start, that very morning Philip had stopped smoking cigarettes. The King was a heavy smoker — it was a family habit: Queen Mary was a smoker, too. And having seen the effect cigarettes had on her father, Princess Elizabeth had asked Philip to give up.”
Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and was the longest-serving consort in British history.
He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.
His death has left the Queen with “a huge void in her life”, their son Prince Andrew said.
The Duke of York said his mother was “feeling it more than everybody else” but was nonetheless staying “incredibly stoic”.
Royal sources said the Queen was incredibly grateful for being able to be with Prince Philip in his final hours before he died peacefully on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.