Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is about to hit an incredible milestone in the record books.
It’s his birthday so he will be turning 98-years-old on 10 June meaning Prince Philip will be the oldest ever-male royal in British history, according to a new report.
Married to Queen Elizabeth since 1947, Philip is also the third longest-living British royal in history.
Preceding him was Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester who died in 2004 aged 102, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 aged 101.
You may think you can guess who the favourite member of the royal family is: Meghan Markle? Kate Middleton? The Queen herself, perhaps? These are all valid choices, and quite frankly, we’d agree with any one of them – but apparently we’d be wrong.
According to Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip in the first two season’s of hit Netflix series The Crown, the Queen’s other half is actually the most popular member of the family within the royal household.
Speaking to Variety, the British actor said: ‘One of the interesting challenges for me [in researching the role] was that I felt there was a sort of a misconception and a preconception about him, which reduced him a bit. And actually all the research I did found him to be brilliantly funny, very clever, very popular.’
‘In the royal house he’s the most popular of all of them. If you’ve talked to any of the staff, Philip’s the one they all love really.’
‘I think more than a lot of them, he’s a bit more of a man of the people,’ he continued. ‘The royal protocol hasn’t dogged him in quite the same way his whole life and there’s a sort of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and a cheekiness. I think he’s quite affable and open by all accounts with the staff. They all love him.’
Somehow, we don’t find that hard to believe.
The Crown, a drama that chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times, will return for its third season in 2019. However, Smith will be handing over his role as Prince Philip to Tobias Menzies as the series enters a new time frame. ‘I pass it on with a smile and a good luck,’ he told the publication.
‘I’d rather be doing two years on something than seven. I think it’s very difficult to sustain seven years doing anything creatively and I think that’s one of the virtues of the show.’