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PHILIP HONOURED
16:20 ET, Sep 22 2021Updated: 16:20 ET, Sep 22 2021

PRINCE Philip is to be honoured in a documentary about his life TONIGHT on BBC One.

The documentary will air tonight at 9pm and feature recollections from his loved ones - including grandson Prince Harry - about his life.

Some of the interviews were filmed prior to his death in April - as part of a planned documentary for his 100th birthday - and others were filmed afterward.

Philip was born in Corfu in 1921 as the grandson of King George I of Greece. His family were forced to flee the country when he was a small child and he was primarily raised in the UK - most famously at Gordonstoun school in Scotland.

It comes as Harry and Meghan Markle will demand major changes to the global vaccine rollout when they appear in New York later this week.

The Sussexes will broadcast live from Central Park for a Global Citizen Live event on Saturday - insisting the West makes more jabs available to poorer countries.

Harry and Meghan will "continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere", Global Citizen's website states.

It is the first time Meghan will appear in public since Lilibet's birth in June.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest updates...

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.”

WHAT WAS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S CAUSE OF DEATH?

Prince Philip died on the morning of April 9, 2021, at Windsor Castle.

The Duke’s cause of death was officially classed as old age.

The veteran royal spent his longest ever stint in hospital prior to his death.

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.

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.

KATE’S WINDERMERE ADVENTURE

KATE Middleton showed her adventurous side this afternoon as she visited Holocaust survivors at an adventure centre.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Air Cadet’s Windermere adventure training centre in the Lake District after it’s £2million makeover.

The Duchess jumped aboard a bike and raced along some country paths with members of the Air Cadets.

Kate, 39, looked in her element as she spoke to the staff and youngsters of the centre.

She donned a hard hat and safety equipment before switching her outfit to travel in the steam launched boat the Osprey from Wray Castle.

Read more here.

PRINCESS BEATRICE MAKES SURE TO MENTION HER STEPSON CHRISTOPHER WOOLF IN HER BABY ANNOUNCEMENT IN SWEET NOD

Princess Beatrice made sure to mention her stepson Christopher Woolf in her baby announcement in a sweet nod to the youngster.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen’s granddaughter, 32, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed their first child into the world on Saturday, September 18.

In the official announcement, the couple said they are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her older brother Christopher Woolf, known as Wolfie.

The Palace said today: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

“The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

“The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.”

WILL THE NEW BABY HAVE A ROYAL TITLE? (CONTINUED)

HOWEVER the new baby could still herself as a Contessa or “Nobile Donna” – meaning Noble Woman in Italian – because of her father’s aristocratic background, People.com reported.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is the son and heir of Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi who is the descendant of Italian nobility.

The Italian aristocracy was formally abolished in 1946 and the titles have no legal recognition but he is still heir to the ancestral seat of Mapelli Mozzi.

In addition his wife and any child he has can use an Italian honorific.

WILL THE NEW BABY HAVE A ROYAL TITLE?

Princess Beatrice’s daughter is not automatically entitled to a royal title under the British royal family’s rules.

Under the rules set out by King George V in 1917 only the grandchildren of the sovereign through the male line are automatically entitled to use the style prince or princess.

The new baby is the great-grandchild of the Queen and through her mother rather than her father.

The only exception is for the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince Wales – aka Prince George. But the Queen was able to issue letters patent to make an exception for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis who would otherwise have to wait until Charles became king.

This convention caused controversy when Meghan and Harry said their son Archie – who is also Prince Charles’ grandson – did not get the same treatment from the Royal Family.

During the Oprah interview, among their many claims, they said the palace told them Archie would not become a prince until Charles was king and some had suggested “they wanted to change the convention for Archie” so he never became a prince.

KATE MIDDLETON AND SOPHIE WESSEX ARE ‘NAUGHTY, FUN AND CHEEKY’

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Sophie, 56, who both married into royalty, are said to have an unlikely “unbreakable” bond, and are regularly seen having fun together at events.

From Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot, Kate and Sophie, who is married to Prince Edward, are often pictured in each other’s company in fits of laughter.

When the pair watched the rowing action during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, body language expert Judi James observed: “Kate’s eye-connect from under her hood suggests she is prompting Sophie’s response here and Sophie’s laugh involves a thrown-back head, closed eyes, open mouth and neck-baring that show she is really tickled by what she is hearing or seeing. 

“Kate looks delighted to have made Sophie laugh like this and the slight nose-wrinkling suggests she thinks she is being rather naughty here.”

One of their funniest photos occurred when Sophie – mum to Lady Louise, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13 –  fell into Kate in a rather ‘un-royal’ fashion as she entered her carriage at Royal Ascot in 2017.

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