The Crown: What was Prince Philip like as a young man? Did he really sleep naked?
MATT SMITH has bared all to play a young Prince Philip in the new Netflix series The Crown, portraying the Duke of Edinburgh as a frustrated and emasculated husband to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. But what is Philip like in real life?
What was Prince Philip like as a young man?
The Crown follows the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and her marriage to Prince Philip.
In the show, Philip grows increasingly frustrated with his wife’s new role as the monarch as he is forced to give up his naval career in literally walk in his wife’s shadow.
In one heated scene, he rages at Elizabeth: “You have taken my career from me, you have taken my home, you have taken my name. What kind of marriage is this? What kind of family?”
The fictional Philip also insists that the Royal Family become known as the House of Mountbatten after his adopted surname.
Smith’s depiction is largely based on Philip’s real-life persona. The young Duke of Edinburgh reportedly tried to convince his wife to take on his name after their marriage.
Sir Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother are said to have advised the Queen to keep the family name as Windsor, much to her husabnd’s disappointment.
Philip is famously said to have remarked: “I am nothing but a bloody amoeba. I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.”
After the death of Churchill and her grandmother, the Queen issued a declaration that men who do not hold Royal styles will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
In the series, Philip also develops an obsession with flying after his naval career is brought to an end. The real Philip is also a keen flyer who has accrued over 5,000 hours in the air.
How did Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth meet?
Philip first met Elizabeth, then 13, at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth during the First World War in 1939.
The 18-year-old was then a Prince of Greece and Denmark and was serving in the British Royal Navy.
The two wrote letters to each other after their initial meeting and began courting when Philip returned to London after a post-war stint in the Far East.
Philip proposed in the summer of 1946. The Queen reportedly accepted without first consulting her father King George VI and the Queen Mother as is royal protocol.
When was Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s wedding?
The couple’s engagement was officially announced in July 1947 after the King requested that they wait until Elizabeth turned 21. The wedding took place in Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947.
Was Prince Philip’s mother really a nun?
In The Crown Philip’s mother arrives at his wedding to Elizabeth dressed in a full nun’s habit.
In real-life his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She later became known as Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark after marrying Philip’s father.
After spending time in a mental institute, she founded a nursing order of nuns known as the Christian Sisterhood Of Martha And Mary in 1949.
Alice sold all of her jewellery to fund the convent, with the exception of diamonds that were taken from her tiara to be reset in an engagement ring for Elizabeth.
Does Prince Philip really sleep naked?
Viewers were shocked to find that Smith strips off in the series for a set of racy bedroom scenes.
Claire Foy, who plays Elizabeth in the £100 million series, said that nudity was included in the show to keep it realistic.
She revealed: “A crucial thing is that Philip sleeps naked. That’s a fact. That was something that we found out.
“They weren’t put in – it’s just the fact that there are bed scenes. And what do you do, put Philip in a pair of pyjamas? That’s not right for the character.”
Speaking at a Netflix event in New York, Smith joked that the nude scenes were actually “the best bit of acting I did in the whole series.”
“No word of a lie,” he added. “It was my most truthful moment.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK