Queen lost crucial weapon to hold Royal Family in line with Prince Philip’s death

Prince Philip was 'the centrepiece of the royal family' says expert

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The Queen lost her best weapon to keep the Royal Family in line and together when Prince Philip died this year. Charlie Rae, the former royal editor of The Sun, told GB News that Philip held much of the family together. He noted that “it was a pity he is not around today to knock a few more heads together”.

Mr Rae told Alastair Stewart: “Prince Philip was the centrepiece of the Royal Family.

“While the Queen was the Queen, Philip was was the one who did the knocking of heads.

“It’s a pity he is not around today, Alastair, to knock a few more heads together.”

The remarks come ahead of next week’s airing of the BBC One programme Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.

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In a teaser clip from the programme, Prince Charles discussed details of his last ever conversation with his father.

On the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, in April this year, Charles spoke to Philip about arrangements for his 100th birthday.

Charles recalled that he told his father: “We’re talking about your birthday.”

Philip replied: “Well I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”

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Charles said: “I knew you’d say that!”

Harry also contributed to the programme with an interview held in California.

The programme is Harry’s first ‘family project’ since he quit his role as a senior working royal last year.


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He praised the way his grandfather supported the Queen, saying: “From my grandmother’s perspective, to have someone like that on your shoulder for 73 years of marriage.

“It doesn’t get better than that.”

A number of other royals, including Prince William, also spoke to the BBC One programme, which will be broadcast on Wednesday evening.

Earlier this week, it was also ruled that the Duke of Edinburgh’s will is to remain secret for at least 90 years to protect the “dignity and standing” of the Queen.

The High Court ruled Philip’s will to be sealed and not be open to public inspection.

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