Revealed: Why Prince Philip missed the birth of his eldest son – ‘he was restless’

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Although Prince Harry had taken an active role in the birth of his son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, attitudes were very different when Prince Charles was born. In her book, ‘My Husband and I: The Insider Story of 70 Years of Royal Marriage’, royal expert Ingrid Steward described the reaction to Prince Charles’ birth. Such was the privateness of childbirth at the time, that Charles’ birth by Caesarean was never officially disclosed.

Writing in her book, Ms Ingrid also revealed what the Duke of Edinburgh was doing at the time.

With the Queen’s father, King George VI, Prince Philip “paced the floor” while the Her majesty went through childbirth according to his Private Secretary at the time, Mike Parker.

Writing in her book, Ms Ingrid spoke of the moment when Charles was born.

Ms Ingrim added: “Eventually Parker took the Duke off for a game of squash.

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“‘Well, time stretched a bit and he was getting restless’, Mr Parker recalled.

“When the King’s Private Secretary Tommy Lascelles bought the good news, Philip bounded upstairs into the Buhl Room, which had been converted into an operating theatre.

“He then held his firstborn, still wearing his sporting flannels and open-necked shirt.”

The Duke is currently into the second year of his retirement from royal duties.

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Philip, however, caused controversy earlier in the year after he was involved in a car crash while driving near the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

Driving his Land Rover, the Duke collided with a car carrying two passengers and a child.

Following the crash, the Duke voluntarily surrendered his driving licence and has since divided his time between Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate and Windsor Castle.

There have been reports that the Queen and Philip have settled in a new way of life and spend more time apart since the Duke retired from public life.

Speaking on the matter, a royal source told the Daily Mail: “The Queen feels the Duke has earned a proper retirement.

“She knows him too well, if he was still at the centre of royal life he’d feel he had to be involved.”

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