Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh have just celebrated 72 years of marriage. The 93-year-old queen received the congratulations of all the closest family members on November 20, took part in an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace and resisted the storm around the third-born Andrea of York who “decided” to withdraw from real life after the deeper involvement in the Epstein scandal. On that particular day, however, Prince Philip did not see himself at the sovereign’s side.
Since he retired from public life – in August 2017 – the 98-year-old sees very little. He and the queen today live mostly in separate houses. If she spends most of the “working” year in the heart of London, he lives in Wood Farm, on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. In the last 12 months, Filippo attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella at Windsor Castle and we saw him – again at the castle – on the day he went to meet the new nephew, Archie, who came into the world last May.
This summer he then spent a few weeks at Balmoral,the residence of the queen for the holidays. William and Kate Middleton also visited them. But with the arrival of September, The Queen returned to London while he headed to Norfolk. Since then, British tabloids write, husband and wife have only seen each other a couple of times : a long weekend that the queen spent in Sandringham and once the duke went to Buckingham.
And according to experts from the royal family, the “crisis” that the family is going through also depends on the absence of the Duke of Edinburgh. He and the queen talk on the phone every day , let the knowledgeable know, but the prince is not close enough to intervene in sensitive family matters. As in the case of the now famous and disastrous interview given by Prince Andrea with the aim of clarifying his position but with the tragically opposite result. “If it were Filippo, ” say several sources, “he would have strongly opposed it. He has always had an iron fist with the younger generations ». Moreover, even the queen has always called it “my strength”. Obviously “three steps back”.