Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are getting ready to celebrate 70 years together, yet their platinum anniversary is being tarnished by new rumors of Philip’s infidelity. While the cheating rumors have not been confirmed, new allegations claim that Philip had affairs with multiple celebrities over the years.
According to Marie Claire, a new book by Ingrid Seward titled My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of Royal Marriage claims that Philip cheated on Elizabeth with a number of different celebrities, including Pat Kirkwood, Susan Barrantes, and Katie Boyle. These types of rumors are nothing new for the royal couple. They have faced similar allegations in the past and have always denied them.
Back in 1957, the rumors reached a point where Elizabeth felt the need to issue a response to the cheating allegations. At the time, a spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth explained how the reports were not true and that her marriage to Philip was perfectly fine. Prince Philip made a similar statement in 1992 and assured the public that having a secret affair is next to impossible for members of the royal family.
Despite all the denials, rumors of an affair have persisted over the years. According to the Mirror, Seward’s book claims that one of Philip’s affairs lasted over a four-month period. Seward says that Philip’s romance with Pat Kirkwood started in 1948 when they were introduced in the actress’s dressing room. The two allegedly hit it off and remained in contact for years. Kirkwood never confirmed the affair and denied that she slept with Philip right before she passed.
There have also been rumors that Philip had an affair with his childhood friend Helene Cordet. Philip reportedly fathered two of the actress’s children, though she denies the claims. Philip has also been linked to writer Daphne du Maurier, and actresses Anna Massey and Merle Oberon.
Philip and Queen Elizabeth continue to deny the cheating rumors and are getting ready to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. In addition to Seward’s new book, royal biographer Sarah Bradford also claims that Philip has cheated on his wife on multiple occasions.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark born on 10 June 1921 is the husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.
A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth (his third cousin through Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and second cousin once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark), whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.
After the war, Philip was granted permission by King George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents. He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was created Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became monarch in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was formally made a British prince in 1957.
Philip has four children with Elizabeth: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. He has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Through a British Order in Council issued in 1960, descendants of Philip and Elizabeth not bearing royal styles and titles can use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which has also been used by some members of the royal family who do hold titles, such as Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
A keen sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He is a patron, president or member of over 780 organizations and serves as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for people aged 14 to 24. He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family. Philip retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, at the age of 96, after having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
The accession of Elizabeth to the throne brought up the question of the name of the royal house. The Duke’s uncle, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, advocated the name House of Mountbatten, as Elizabeth would typically have taken Philip’s last name on marriage; however, when Queen Mary, Elizabeth’s grandmother, heard of this suggestion, she informed the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who himself later advised the Queen to issue a royal proclamation declaring that the royal house was to remain known as the House of Windsor. Churchill’s strong personal antipathy to Lord Mountbatten, whom he considered a dangerous and subversive rival who had lost India, may have contributed to this. Prince Philip privately complained, “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.”
On 8 February 1960, several years after the death of Queen Mary and the resignation of Churchill, the Queen issued an Order in Council declaring that Mountbatten-Windsor would be the surname of her and her husband’s male-line descendants who are not styled as Royal Highness or titled as Prince or Princess. While it seems the Queen had “absolutely set her heart” on such a change and had it in mind for some time, it occurred only eleven days before the birth of Prince Andrew (19 February), and only after three months of protracted correspondence between the constitutional expert Edward Iwi, who averred that, without such a change, the royal child would be born with “the Badge of Bastardy” and the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
After her accession to the throne, the Queen also announced that the Duke was to have “place, pre-eminence and precedence” next to her “on all occasions and in all meetings, except where otherwise provided by Act of Parliament”. This meant the Duke took precedence over his son, the Prince of Wales, except, officially, in the British parliament. In fact, however, he attends Parliament only when escorting the Queen for the annual State Opening of Parliament, where he walks and sits beside her.
Contrary to rumors over the years, the Queen and Duke are said by insiders to have had a strong relationship throughout their marriage, despite the challenges of Elizabeth’s reign. The Queen referred to Prince Philip in a speech on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 as her “constant strength and guide”.
As consort to the Queen, Philip supported his wife in her new duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament in various countries, state dinners, and tours abroad. As Chairman of the Coronation Commission, he was the first member of the royal family to fly in a helicopter, visiting the troops that were to take part in the ceremony. Philip was not crowned in the service, but knelt before Elizabeth, with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her “liege man of life and limb”.