Queen Elizabeth went ‘weeks’ without seeing Prince Philip after he retired in 2017, but they kept in touch by talking ‘regularly’ on the phone, says new book

Queen Elizabeth went 'weeks' without seeing Prince Philip after he retired in 2017, but they kept in touch by talking 'regularly' on the phone, says new book

  • According to a new book, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have gone “weeks” without seeing each other.
  • The Daily Mail published an excerpt from Gyles Brandreth’s new book ‘Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait’ on Friday.
  • Brandreth writes that the royal couple kept in touch by talking on the phone “regularly”.

According to a new royal book, Queen Elizabeth would go “weeks” without seeing her husband, Prince Philip. The book, titled “Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait,” was written by royal biographer and friend of the royal family, Gyles Brandreth.

The Daily Mail published an excerpt from Brandreth’s book on Friday, detailing the Queen’s relationship with her husband before his death. According to Brandreth, the royals stopped seeing each other regularly after the Duke of Edinburgh retired in 2017.

However, the Queen and Prince Philip spoke “regularly” on the phone during their time apart, Brandreth details in her book.

Brandreth writes in the book that the Queen realized their relationship seemed strange, but it worked out for them. The royal expert noted that the Queen understood Philip did not want “to be agitated” and wished “to see his days his way”.

In 2020, the Queen and Philip spent less time apart, Brandreth writes in his book. When lockdown hit the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, the royal couple reportedly found comfort in spending more time together, according to Brandreth.

The two traveled to Scotland, Sandringham and Windsor, Brandreth says in his book, and remained close until Philip’s death in April 2021.

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Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip photographed on November 18, 2007.

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In “Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait”, Brandreth writes that the queen hardly left Philip’s side during the last weeks of his life. Despite her best efforts, however, she was unable to say hello properly. According to the book, members of the royal staff were unable to wake her up in time to see him before she died.

After Philip’s death, Brandreth writes that the Queen had a “renewed determination” to uphold her royal duties because Prince Philip “would not approve” of any form of self-pity. “There is no magic formula that turns pain into happiness, but being busy helps,” Brandreth said quoting the Queen.

He worked until the last months of his life when his health began to deteriorate rapidly. According to Brandreth, Queen Elizabeth was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer before she died.

Buckingham Palace representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait” will be released on December 8th.

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