Prince Charles says his father Prince Philip was ‘marvellous at silly games’ in new documentary

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Prince Charles earlier this month  (PA)
Prince Charles earlier this month (PA)

The Prince of Wales has said his late father Prince Philip was “marvellous at arranging silly games” in a new documentary paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

In Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, the Royal Family come together to share memories about the Duke who died earlier this year aged 99.

In the documentary, which airs on Wednesday, Prince Charles spoke of the joys of having a young mother and father as he remarked “there were lots of chasing around and mad things” when he was a child.

The Queen was 22-years-old when she gave birth to Charles and Prince Philip was 27.

Prince Charles, 72, said: “He was marvellous at arranging silly games. I mean, the fun of having obviously young parents was… There were lots of chasing around and mad things.”

In earlier clips, Prince Charles also praised his father’s skills at a BBQ.

The Prince of Wales said about his father: “He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form. And if I ever tried to do it he… I could never get the fire to light or something ghastly so (he’d say): ‘Go away!’”

Prince William and Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall all also feature in the documentary.

In earlier clips released of the documentary, the Duke of Sussex spoke about how the Duke of Edinburgh gave him the space to talk about serving in Afghanistan.

Harry was twice deployed to Helmand province during the UK’s military operations.

In a BBC tribute programme to Philip, the Duke of Sussex described how his grandfather would “never probe” but listen.

During Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, Harry said: “Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter of fact and just said, ‘Make sure you come back alive’… then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of, ‘Well you made it. How was it?’ That’s how he was.

“He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.”

Prince Philip – the nation’s longest-serving consort – died aged 99 on April 9, just two months before he would have turned 100.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will air on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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