The Duke of Edinburgh would get into trouble with the Queen for playing a practical joke on his grandchildren which involved squirting mustard on the ceiling, members of the royal family have revealed.
Prince William recalled Philip’s sense of fun in a BBC One documentary being screened on Wednesday which features personal and poignant tributes to the duke, who died in April, from more than a dozen members of the royal family.
Both William and the Duke of Sussex also separately told how the Queen and Philip would enjoy it if things went amiss on royal engagements, while the Prince of Wales said his father’s attempts to teach him carriage driving failed because Charles kept laughing hysterically.
William said Philip loved to play a game at family barbeques using a squeezy mustard tube.
The duke said:
Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall also told of the mustard escapades, with Zara saying:
Mr Phillips added:
The siblings also spoke about how the duke loved technology but would get frustrated with new gadgets.
Mr Phillips said:
Both William and Harry said the Queen and Philip looked forward to unexpected events while carrying out their official duties together over the decades.
Harry, who was filmed separately, chuckled and echoed William’s thoughts, saying:
Harry, using a cricket analogy, said Philip, who died two months before his 100th birthday, had a “fantastic innings”, scored a six, but “didn’t actually wanna get to a century”.
He spoke of the Queen’s bond with the duke, but said he knew the monarch would be “OK” without him. Harry said:
He described the Queen and Philip as “the most adorable couple”, who were very much in love.
Harry revealed how Philip would get his flying hours in while on official tours. He said:
William described his grandfather as “the heart of the family” and expressed his admiration for Philip giving up his very successful career in the Navy to support a woman – the Queen – in the 1950s. The Duke said:
Charles laughed as he remembered Philip trying to teach him to carriage drive.
The prince said:
Princess Eugenie told how the duke gave her a touching bespoke handmade painting he had done of a bunch of flowers as a wedding present, as the documentary looked at Philip’s artistic skills.
“It was so nice, it’s now sitting in my house in London and I’m so proud of it, you know?” she said.
The royal family, who started to be interviewed for a programme to mark Philip’s 100th birthday, also spoke of the duke’s no nonsense approach, with William saying: “There’s no games played. He’s very up front”.
Alexandra McCreery, Philip’s archivist who worked with him for more than 30 years, described him as “quite tough” but a “very fair boss”.
“There was tremendous love for him, love for the office, loyalty to the private secretaries. They looked after us and, and we worked jolly hard for them so it was. It was a good ship to be in,” she said.
The Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall and Lady Louise Windsor are among the others who feature in the broadcast.
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will air on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.