Gyles Brandreth on the Queen’s ‘unique’ relationship with Prince Philip

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth has reflected on the special relationship the late Queen Elizabeth II had with her late husband Prince Philip.

Gyles, 75, marvelled about how “unique” the bond between the royal pair was, as the Duke of Edinburgh was one of the few people who could “treat the Queen normally”.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, he spoke about seeing the late couple together in the royal limousine while he was in the car just behind.

He said: “As they got into the car, the Duke of Edinburgh started talking, and the Queen began laughing…

“Then the Queen began talking and the Duke of Edinburgh began laughing…

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“I watched these two elderly people for an hour, chatting to one another, laughing. This is nice. This is what it’s all about.

“These two people have a relationship that is, for them, unique,” he added.

Gyles also provided some insight into the way the pair behaved behind closed doors.

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“The only person in the world who could treat The Queen normally, as a woman, was the Duke of Edinburgh,” he explained.

“And the only person in the world who could tell the Duke of Edinburgh, ‘Oh Philip do shut up!’ was the Queen – and she did!

“But it was those moments that they were alone together that I found particularly intriguing.”

Gyles has provided a rare insight into the life of our late monarch in his new book Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait.

The book has been described as “a personal account of the life and character of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, from the writer who knew her and her family for over fifty years”.

Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth, published by Michael Joseph, is available now.

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