EXCLUSIVE: Prince Philip was generally known as the tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who appeared impatient and demanding throughout public appearances – however the royal lit up when he might chill out round kids.
“I used to be fortunate sufficient to movie Prince Philip on quite a few events,” True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen informed Fox Information. “The one factor that has all the time stood out to me is his sense of enjoyable. His sense of naughtiness, his sense of wanting to speak to individuals who weren’t impressed by him. He wished to speak to actual folks. So he was completely sensible when kids have been round. As a result of they weren’t impressed by him. And he liked that.”
Bullen, an award-winning documentarian, has been making applications in regards to the British royal household for practically 20 years and has labored with Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles, for eight.
“I used to be filming with the Duke of Edinburgh one time and I had my son with me,” Bullen recalled. “It was about carriage driving and the duke was an excellent carriage driver. He actually wrote the rule guide right here within the U.Ok. There’s a factor referred to as ‘the suicide seat’… properly, somebody talked about this, and my youngest son was simply fascinated by the story. The duke actually leaped in and began telling this story in actually gory element. My son was simply in awe as he informed this story. And Philip simply liked it. He actually was only a man who wished to attach with folks.”
“Philip would speak about how folks anticipated him to be very formal,” Bullen shared. “However he actually simply wished to chop by way of all of the flummery and get folks to see him for what he was.”
Bullen mentioned he by no means forgot how keen Philip was to attach together with his son.
“I feel one of many causes he was presumably drawn to kids is as a result of they weren’t impressed by him,” he defined. “They didn’t see him as this nice royal determine. They simply noticed him as a reasonably fascinating previous man. Through the years, you’ll see him lifting kids over limitations to return and meet the queen. He would wave kids ahead. He actually wished to make a distinction for younger folks and simply liked partaking with them.”
“There was one time the place I used to be filming and I used to be simply in awe at his capacity to have interaction with younger folks,” Bullen shared. “He genuinely took the mickey out of them and poked enjoyable at them in a extremely heat, partaking method that they liked. You simply couldn’t imagine that this was a member of the British royal household. However I feel that was his best legacy – making a distinction within the kids he met all through his life.”
Philip handed away on April 9 at age 99. In his lifetime, Philip fulfilled greater than 20,000 royal engagements to spice up British pursuits at residence and overseas. He headed a whole lot of charities, based applications that helped British schoolchildren take part in difficult out of doors adventures and performed a outstanding half in elevating his 4 kids.
From 1956, he was Patron and Chairman of Trustees for the biggest youth exercise program in Britain, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a program of sensible, cultural and adventurous actions for younger people who exists in over 100 international locations. Thousands and thousands of British kids have had some contact with the award and its well-known tenting expeditions.
Philip is survived by the queen and their 4 kids — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — in addition to eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The Related Press contributed to this report.