Royal author Ian Lloyd said "duty was everything" for the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, who retired when he turned 95 after decades supporting the Queen.
Royal author Ian Lloyd said “duty was everything” for the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, who retired when he turned 95 after decades supporting the Queen. He added that also having “personal fulfilment” would not have crossed Philip’s mind.
Mr Lloyd, who has written a new book The Duke: 100 Chapters In The Life Of Prince Philip, told The Telegraph: “Prince Philip always had a profound respect for the Royal Family.
“Duty was everything. He didn’t think, ‘Is this appropriate for me?’ He didn’t over-analyse.
“This idea that you should also have personal fulfilment was not something he would have considered. It’s a different generation.”
The royal biographer added that while Philip is close to his grandson, he will see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to quit royal duties for a new life in America as a “dereliction of duty”.
Mr Lloyd said: “He adores him and sees a lot of himself in him.
“The fact that this is Harry’s wife will not have helped.
“He will definitely see their decision to move abroad as a dereliction of duty.”
Former actress Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are said to have left senior royals blindsided when they announced plans to step back as working royals in January 2020.
The couple officially ended royal duties on March 31 and are now living in a mansion in California with their young son Archie.
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