Prince Philip shock: The British tradition that Duke of Edinburgh cannot stand


Prince Philip, 98, retired from official royal business two years ago. Since that time he has been enjoying his retirement, spending most of his time at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. But while he is enjoying many aspects of retirement, there is one British pastime that he cannot stand.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born into the Greek and Danish royal families in 1921.

After a difficult childhood which included his family being exiled from Greece and losing several members of his family, he was educated in Britain.

The Duke married the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

When he married the Queen, he became a naturalised British citizen, but that did not mean he adopted all of its ways and customs.

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Royal butler Grant Harrold said in a BBC Three documentary that the monarch is also very particular with how she brews and drinks her tea. 

He added that she usually serves it before milk.

He told the BBC: “I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup. 

“She will also use a strainer. 

“It is also a myth that members of Royalty use their pinky when drinking, I have never seen that happen once.”

While Prince Philip is not adventurous with his tea drinking, he is reportedly more spontaneous and curious with his food palette.

Unlike the Queen who is said to prefer plain or relatively bland food, Prince Philip is a keen foodie.

He even reportedly made the palace staff swap dinners with him because he liked the look of theirs better.

Darren McGrady, a former Buckingham Palace chef, told Marie Claire: “He came into the kitchen and said, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’ 

“And I said, ‘I have these little one-inch eyes of lamb meat for you, your Royal Highness.’ 

“He looked and said, ‘What’s that—what are they?’ 

“And I said, ‘Oh, those are chops, Your Highness.’ He wanted to know who they were for, and I said, ‘staff.’ 

“And he said, ‘Oh, can’t we have those?’ 

“I ended up giving him these big meatier pieces, and the staff had the other pieces.”


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