Revealed: What the Queen and Prince Philip hate when they share same bed


It is no secret the Royal Family likes comfort, and when it comes to seeping, they seem to be very strict about certain things. For example, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh reportedly sleep in separate bedrooms, in part because it is a tradition among the British upper class and in part because it is a more practical arrangement. Prince Philip’s cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks, explained to royal biographer Sally Bedel Smith: “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms.

“You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around.

“Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes.

“It is lovely to be able to choose.”

The arrangement has clearly worked for Her Majesty and the Duke, as the two have been married for more than 72 years.

Having connecting bedrooms to avoid the other one’s snore is not the only thing the Queen and Philip are firm about, though.

In a 2007 report by the Daily Mirror, royal correspondent James Whitaker revealed: “Both the Queen and Prince Philip dislike duvets and prefer sheets and blankets.”

It has been speculated, the couple especially does not like them when they sleep in the same bedroom, because they get too hot.

The late Mr Whitaker reported that the Duke of Edinburgh prefers sleeping completing naked.

He wrote: “When he walked into Philip’s bedroom one morning, royal valet James MacDonald was embarrassed to find Elizabeth in a silk nightgown and Philip naked.

“’Prince Philip didn’t care at all,’ said MacDonald.

“‘Pyjamas? Never wear the things,’ Philip once said.”

In Netflix series The Crown, which follows the early years of the Queen’s reign and her marriage to Philip, viewers were shocked to find that actor Matt Smith indeed stripped off for a set of bedroom scenes.

Claire Foy, who plays Elizabeth in the £100million series, said that nudity was included in the show to keep it realistic.

She revealed: “A crucial thing is that Philip sleeps naked. That’s a fact.

“That was something that we found out.

“They weren’t put in – it’s just the fact that there are bed scenes.

“And what do you do, put Philip in a pair of pyjamas? That’s not right for the character.”

Speaking at a Netflix event in New York in 2016, Mr Smith joked that the nude scenes were actually “the best bit of acting I did in the whole series”.

He added: “No word of a lie, it was my most truthful moment.”


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