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Prince Philip was ‘a relatively penniless prince’ before marrying the Queen, says expert

Prince Philip dies at the age of 99

The Duke of Edinburgh reportedly questioned whether he was “very brave or very foolish” to marry into the Royal Family. In a collection of articles looking back on Prince Philip’s life, royal author Gyles Brandreth explained how the Duke had “no home to call his own” before entering the Firm.

Prince Philip died last Friday aged 99 at Windsor Castle and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

Mr Brandreth looked back to when the Duke proposed to the then Princess Elizabeth.

He explained that when Prince Philip proposed to his future wife he was "a relatively penniless prince, with a rackety family and no home to call his own".

Writing for the Mail Online, the royal biographer said: "On the morning of his wedding, just after breakfast, Philip asked Patricia Mountbatten: 'Am I being very brave or very foolish?'

The Queen and Prince Philip

Prince Philip was “a relatively penniless prince” before he proposed to the Queen (Image: getty)

The Queen and Prince Philip

Prince Philip questioned whether he was “very brave or very foolish” to marry into the Royal Family (Image: getty)

"I asked Lady Mountbatten once what she thought he meant by that. 'He was apprehensive,' she said.

“'He was uncertain — not about marrying Princess Elizabeth, but about what the marriage would mean for him. He was giving up a great deal.'

"For a start, that very morning Philip had stopped smoking cigarettes.

“The King was a heavy smoker — it was a family habit: Queen Mary was a smoker, too.

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The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding was held in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey (Image: getty)

"And having seen the effect cigarettes had on her father, Princess Elizabeth had asked Philip to give up."

Prince Philip and the Queen were married for more than 70 years.

The Duke was born in Greece into the Greek and Danish royal families.

However, his family was exiled from Greece when he was 18 years old.

Philip went on to join the British Royal Navy aged 18 and soon began corresponding with Elizabeth.

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Prince Philip timeline (Image:

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding was held in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.

Last week, a statement from the Palace spoke of Her Majesty’s “deep sorrow” to announce her husband’s death.

The Palace has since announced that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

On the same day, a national minute’s silence is planned to be observed at 3pm when the funeral begins.

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