Prince Philip has been praised for fulfilling his duties to the Queen and the monarchy throughout his time in the Royal Family. However, the Duke of Edinburgh, who’s role is the Prince Consort, could have “risen very high” in a different career, an expert has claimed. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams spoke to Express.co.uk about the royal’s phenomenal legacy.
He said: “There’s no doubt that it’s the last job he would have chosen.
“He was someone that would have wished the chance to make his own career in his own way.
“He would have risen very high in the Navy.
“But he has been, as the Queen famously paid tribute to him, her strength and stay.”
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Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “The fact that she has been able to rely on him for absolutely invaluable advice is tremendous.
“He really shaped his own role as Consort, that’s included the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
“That has helped a huge number of people, I think it goes into millions.
“It’s not just the fact that he’s been attached to something like 830 plus organisations at one time.”
Prince Philip joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 and married the Queen in November 1947.
When his wife ascended to the throne in 1952, he was forced to leave active military service.
The Duke has reached the rank of commander by that time.
He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch in history.
The retired royal is also the oldest-ever male member of the Royal Family.