Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have been married for over seven decades. But even if their marriage has been strong, it seems that the Duke of Edinburgh also had doubts before.
In a previous report by Daily Mirror, royal correspondent James Whitaker detailed an incident involving Prince Philip and one of his relatives. Before the ceremony commenced, the dad of four’s relative reminded the royal to have a great day.
Prince Philip reportedly told his relative that he doesn’t know if he’s being very brave or very foolish for marrying the monarch. The Duke’s comment might have had something to do with the fact that he was marrying a busy and successful woman, which means that he will always be in her shadow.
During the early years of their marriage, Prince Philip struggled with how he was always required to walk behind his wife. While speaking with an Australian man during their tour of the continent, the man told Prince Philip that his wife is more important than him.
“Ah yes, we have that trouble in our family too,” Prince Philip replied.
Meanwhile, another major problem between the Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty had to do with their choice of surname. After Prince Charles and Princess Anne were born, the Queen was adamant at giving her children the Windsor surname.
However, Prince Philip felt that the decision was unfair because he was the man, and he wanted his kids to use the Mountbatten surname. The royal couple reportedly waited 10 years before having more children until after they decided to combine both surnames for all four of their kids.
Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward used Mountbatten-Windsor as their surname while growing up. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, was also afforded with the same surname as a tribute to his great-grandparents.
Prince Harry and Markle’s son was born on May 6, and he was not given a royal title, unlike his cousins.