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PRINCE Philip and the Queen loved it when Royal functions went wrong, their grandsons reveal.

Prince William and Prince Harry separately recalled how the pair - who carried out functions side by side until Philip's retirement in 2017 - secretly loved it when things didn't go according to plan.

William said their lives were also so managed and scheduled they secretly loved it when there were disasters at the events. Harry said while everyone was so desperate to make things perfect - the couple were secretly on the lookout for mayhem.

The documentary was filled with personal tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh from his family - including rare contributions from his granddaughters Princess Louise and Princess Eugenie.

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PRINCE ANDREW MISSED BIRTH OF PRINCESS BEATRICE’S BABY TO HIDE FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWYERS AT BALMORAL

Andrew, 61, missed the birth of Beatrice’s first child, and his second grandchild, because he is in hiding 500 miles away in Scotland.

US lawyers want to serve papers accusing him of “rape in the first degree”.
Yesterday a Royal source said: “Andrew has made it quite clear that he wasn’t leaving Balmoral.

“It would appear the advice to him was to stay in hiding and miss the whole thing.”

Sarah Ferguson, who has been staying with her former husband at the Queen’s 50,000 acre retreat, made the 500-mile trip to ­London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

Beatrice, 33, gave birth to the 11th in line to the throne shortly before midnight on Saturday. The girl, weighing 6lbs and 2oz, is so far unnamed.

But it is thought Andrew will remain at Balmoral for three weeks as wrangling continues. The High Court on Friday gave his £1,000-a-day legal team a week to challenge its decision giving itself jurisdiction to serve the papers.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS?

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are looking to bring Lilibet and Archie to the UK for Christmas, a royal expert has claimed.

Royal author Katie Nicholl said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could stay at Frogmore Cottage, with the trip being “looked at as an opportunity” that could “pave the way for a healing of the family rift”.

The last time Meghan and Harry were in the UK for Christmas was back in 2018.

And Harry has only been back to Britain twice since quitting royal life last year.

Speaking to Closer, royal author Katie Nicholl said: “When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain.

“They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK.

“Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity. There may be a softening, which could pave the way for a healing of the family rift.”

ANDREW ‘SET TO FIRE SHAMBOLIC LEGAL TEAM’ AND IS ‘EXTREMELY WORRIED’ ABOUT CASE

Virginia Giuffre – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the 61-year-old in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

Andrew has always strongly denied the claims – but is now “in a full-on crisis” and is dissatisfied with his lawyers’ strategy of not publicly responding to Ms Giuffre’s legal bid, reports the Mirror.

The prince hired criminal defence solicitor Gary Bloxsome, a partner at Blackfords law firm, early last year and after Ms Giuffre announced her plans to sue, Andrew reportedly urged his team to release a statement denying her allegations.

But it’s understood he was overruled and is now considering ditching his legal team following emergency discussions with his team.

A source close to him told the Mirror: “The plan, if you can call it a plan, has been shambolic from the start.

“Now it’s all come to a head. He is extremely worried and the crisis talks are so he can get off the back foot. He knows he’s in a full-on crisis.”

HOW MANY CHILDREN DO QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP HAVE?

The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together – Charles, Prince of Wales, born 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, born 1950; Andrew, Duke of York, born 1960; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, born 1964.

They have eight grandchildren:

Prince William Prince Harry Peter Phillips Zara Phillips (now Tindall) Princess Beatrice Princess Eugenie Lady Louse Windsor James, Viscount Severn.

PRINCE HARRY BELIEVES QUEEN ‘WILL BE OKAY’ WITHOUT PHILLIP

Prince Phillips commemorative documentary will air tonight on BBC One.

Many of his relatives will feature on the BBC special including Prince Harry.

During his interview on “Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers”, Harry said: “More than anything I miss his sense of humour.

“But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there.”

However, the royal appeared confident in his grandmother’s strength.

He added: “I also know she will be ok without him.”

THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP 'LOVED IT WHEN IT WENT WRONG'

Prince William says the Queen and Prince Philip loved it when "something went wrong".

He said they were lived their lives with people constantly organising special events and putting on a show for them where everything is supposed to work and be managed carefully so they loved it when things did not go according to plan.

Prince Harry said you could see people running around trying to make sure everything was perfect while the pair secretly hoping it did.

PRINCE HARRY DESCRIBES HIS GRANDPARENTS AS THE "MOST ADORABLE COUPLE"

Speaking to the documentary on Prince Philip's life, Harry said: "The two of them together were just the most adorable couple".

He said the pair had gone through so much together during their 73-year marriage and that had created "an incredible bond between two people".

PHILIP ORDERED HARRY TO ‘COME BACK ALIVE’ FROM AFGHANISTAN

PRINCE Harry reveals the Duke of Edinburgh ordered him to “come back alive” before he went off to war in Afghanistan.

Harry, 37, opens up about his dry sense of humour in a touching television tribute to his grandfather, who died in April aged 99.

Harry filmed his segment in California separately from the rest of the Royal Family.

His brother William and dad Charles were among others remembering Prince Philip in the hour-long BBC special.

CAMILLA DESCRIBES PHILIP AS A "GREAT SURVIVOR"

Reflecting on her father in law's early life she said he was moved around constantly as a small child and she was not sure if he even knew whether his mother was alive when she first committed to a sanitarium when he eight.

She said it must have taken a lot of strength to survive all of that. Similarly his eldest daughter, and reported favourite child, Anne, said he was "ultimately a problem solver" because of his upbringing.

Prince Charles said Philip did not speak often about his childhood but had heard from his aunts - Philip's older sisters - about how difficult it was.

PRINCE WILLIAM CALLS PRINCE PHILIP "THE HEART OF THE FAMILY"

Speaking about his grandfather as part of a documentary on his life, Prince William paid tribute to Philip as "the heart of the family" who was so crucial to anything the family did.

He said he was closer to him as an adult than he had been as a child but Philip had always been there.

He added that people "always knew where they stood with that" and said he believed people found that "refreshing".

THE LIFE OF PRINCE PHILIP

PRINCE ANDREW ‘ACCEPTS’ SERVED LEGAL PAPERS OVER VIRGINIA ROBERTS SEX ASSAULT CLAIMS BUT WILL ‘COME OUT FIGHTING’

The legal papers were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, in Los Angeles on Monday.

Virginia – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the Duke in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun that his firm served the legal papers to Andrew Brettler by FedEx and email.

Andrew, 61, now has 21 days to respond to Virginia’s accusations of rape, sexual assault and sexual battery.

The Duke has now accepted “the inevitable” – but he intends to “come out fighting”, sources told the Daily Mail.

Virginia’s attorney, Boies, said he expected the prince’s lawyer to apply for a “reasonable” extension to respond to the complaint – and suggested they would likely agree.

WHY WAS PRINCE PHILIP NOT A KING?

The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

The law relating to succession doesn’t relate to bloodline – only gender.

The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

WHAT TIME IS THE PRINCE PHILIP DOCUMENTARY ON?

The documentary will air tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Officially titled, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, it is will be a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death in April.

Many promo clips have already been released but the family and Philip’s friends are set to recount his extraordinary life journey from a baby refugee from Greece to Britain’s longest royal consort.

DID PHILIP'S SISTER DIED IN A CAR CRASH?

Philip’s third sister was Cecilie, who was born on June 22, 1911.

Tragically she was the first of Prince Andrew and Princess Alice’s children to die. 

Cecilie was just 26 when she passed away in a plane crash on November 16, 1937.

The flight had been going from Darmstadt to London, and it later emerged that pregnant Cecilie gave birth while on the plane.

A Belgian enquiry concluded that the captain had tried to do an emergency landing in bad weather due to the labour.

As her husband, Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, and two of Cecilie’s other children were with her on the flight, their other daughter Joanna was adopted by another royal family.

WHO WAS PRINCESS ALICE? (CONTINUED)

Sigmund Freud believed her symptoms were the result of intense sexual frustration, and recommended "X-raying her ovaries in order to kill off her libido."

She saw little of Philip when he was a child after being committed to a sanatorium.

When the war ended, she founded an order of nuns in Greece and famously wore her nun’s habit at the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

She was invited by her son and daughter-in-law to live in Buckingham Palace after there was a violent coup by right-wing military generals in Greece in 1967.

She died two years later in 1969, aged 84.

WHO WAS PRINCE PHILIP'S MOTHER?

Born Princess Alice of Battenberg in Windsor in 1885, Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece, becoming Princess Andrew of Greece.

A great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Alice was born deaf, she married Prince Andrew of Greece, and was then exiled when the Greek royal family was overthrown.

Despite her disability, she learned sign language and became fluent in English, German, and Greek.

She served as an army nurse in World War I, and was awarded the Red Cross by King George V for her work.

After giving birth to Prince Philip, she suffered a mental breakdown and was subsequently abandoned by her husband and detained in a Swiss infirmary where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

WHO WERE PRINCE PHILIP'S PARENTS?

Prince Philip was born on June, 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu.

He was the youngest child of the couple and was their only son. 

Philip had four older sisters, Princess Margarita, Princess Theodora, Princess Cecilie, and Princess Sophie, who have all passed away.

Philip became the only remaining sibling after youngest sister Princess Sophie died back in 2001.

Prince Philip was born on June, 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg

Prince Philip was born on June, 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg

SOPHIE AND EDWARD’S ROYAL ROMANCE

When Sophie met Edward in 1987 she was a PR for Capital Radio, but it was six years before they started dating.

They then began a romance in earnest, but went to great lengths to avoid photographers, especially when Sophie began staying overnight at Edward’s three-room apartment in Buckingham Palace. When calling Sophie at her office, the Prince would use the name Richard — not that he fooled her colleagues for long.

Six years after they started going out, Edward proposed, with a £105,000 ring from Crown jewellers Garrard.

Starting a family was not straightforward. In 2001 Sophie suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

In 2003, the birth of daughter Louise was similarly dramatic. The baby was a month premature and Sophie lost nine pints of blood, had a caesarean and was in hospital for 15 days. In 2007 she had another caesarean giving birth to son James.

Last summer, during the break before the second lockdown, Edward, Sophie and their children, now 17 and 13, were among the first to stay with the Queen and Philip at Balmoral, and the last to leave.

LIES TO SMEAR NANNY

It was claimed in the documents that Bashir told Diana her husband was “in love with” Ms Legge-Bourke, who cared for William and Harry between 1993 and 1999.

Bashir denies spreading the smears.

However, whatever the source, Diana became so convinced of a relationship between Charles and Ms Legge-Bourke that she confronted the young woman at a Christmas party.

She is said to have approached the blameless nanny in 1995 and said: “So sorry about the baby.”

She even wrote a letter two years before her death claiming that Prince Charles was plotting to kill her so he could marry Ms Legge-Bourke.

HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DOES THE QUEEN NOW HAVE?

The baby is the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild, and arrives just over three months after little Lilibet Diana, Harry and Meghan’s second child.

The royal infant was also born just months after the death of their great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.

Beatrice was wed in a secret union in front of just 20 guests last July, and announced that she was pregnant in May.

The monarch’s large brood of great-grandchildren has swelled in 2021 – with Princess Eugenie welcoming baby son August in February and Zara Tindall her third child Lucas in March.

WHEN DID QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP GET MARRIED?

The then Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, as he was then known, on November 20, 1947.

They reached their platinum wedding anniversary in 2017 which marked 70 years since their big day.

The couple had met 13 years earlier, at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934.

After a third meeting in July 1939 our future Queen, who was just 13 years old at the time, is said to have fallen in love with Philip – and they began exchanging letters.

The couple became secretly engaged in 1946 and Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, ordered that any formal engagement was delayed until after his daughter’s 21st birthday – in April 1947.

Their engagement was officially announced in July of the same year.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had been married for 73 years before the Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021.

WHAT TIME IS THE PRINCE PHILIP DOCUMENTARY ON?

The documentary will air tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Officially titled, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, it is will be a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death in April.

Many promo clips have already been released but the family and Philip's friends are set to recount his extraordinary life journey from a baby refugee from Greece to Britain's longest royal consort.

WHERE IS THE NEW BABY IN LINE TO THE THRONE?

Princess Beatrice’s new bundle of joy is now 11th in line to the throne – pushing Princess Eugenie down a peg to 12th.

Princess Beatrice is 10th in line behind her father Prince Andrew – who is Prince Charles’ younger brother.

Beatrice, Eugenie and their children are still ahead of Princess Anne in the line of succession because at the birth of her and Andrew the Royal Family still had the rule that all boys were ahead of girls in the line.

That rule was abolished in 2014 but did not apply retroactively – so Princess Charlotte was the first to not be bumped down because of her little brother.

PRINCE ANDREW’S GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE OVER SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT IS ‘DAMAGING MONARCHY,’ COURTIERS BELIEVE

Royal aides are said to be increasingly uneasy about the “wall of silence” surrounding the under-fire duke, 61.

They fear the decision to apparently dodge legal papers filed in the US is making it look like he has something to hide.

Lawyers for US accuser Virginia Giuffre have tried seven times to serve a writ alleging “rape in the first degree”.

Andrew, who strongly denies the claims, is now at Balmoral in Scotland, seemingly out of reach of English and US courts.

But a royal source said: “There is growing disquiet over this lawsuit which also has wider reputational implications for the monarchy.”

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