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Prince Philip ‘was determined to try and save Charles and Diana’s rocky marriage’

Prince Philip was ‘determined’ to save Charles and Diana’s marriage and wrote a string of ‘tough but tender’ letters, his biographer has said.

In a series of articles looking back on the late Prince’s life royal biographer Gyles Brandreth said that when the marriage had been rocky he and the Queen urged a compromise.

It was said that after meeting with her he went on to pen a series of letters offering ‘tough love’ for the couple.

The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday and his funeral is set to take place on Saturday.

The funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday and will coincide with a national three-minutes’ silence.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana

Under government guidance which changed from Monday funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors.

While the final guest list has not yet been announced Prince Charles is expected to attend.

In a piece for the Mail Online Gyles Brandreth looked back at Prince Philip’s role in trying to reconcile his son Charles and then-wife Princess Diana.

He said that during the discussions Prince Philip confronted his daughter-in-law ‘with home truths’, inviting her to think about her marriage, ‘long and hard.’

Mr Brandreth said that the Prince was offering ‘tough love’ and that he went on to write letters to her.

Princess Diana and Prince Philip
It was said that the letters were ‘tough love’ from the Prince

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He said: “Some of his remarks were undeniably negative, but his underlying message was always positive. As for his purpose, it was characteristically practical: to guide her towards the possibility of a reconciliation with Charles.

“In one letter, he even drew up a numbered list of things — activities, interests, people — that the pair of them had in common. I doubt that the trained marriage counsellors could have done very much more.

“To be fair,’ acknowledges [former butler Paul Burrell], ‘Prince Philip did more to save the marriage than Prince Charles.'”

On Saturday only a handful of mourners from the Royal Family will be permitted to attend the event at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Because of laws in place to battle the spread of coronavirus anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from anyone not in the same household.

It was previously reported that the Queen will likely sit on her own during the funeral of her husband because of strict Covid rules.



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