Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2011 - Princes - 352 pages
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One of the most recognisable men in the United Kingdom, Prince Philip has been consort to Queen Elizabeth II since 1947. The patron of several charities and organisations he is rarely out of the public eye.

Yet, very little is known about the Prince's early life. He was born Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu, to Prince Andrew and Princess Alice of Battenberg. At the time, the Greco-Turkish War was raging and in 1922, when he was just one year old, Philip and his family were forced to leave their country.

Prince Philip's adolescence was a rootless one. Educated in France, England and then Germany, he had little contact with his parents; his mother was admitted to an asylum and his father moved alone to Monte Carlo. His three sisters all married Germans, one an officer in the SS. Yet, this young prince was to be married to the most eligible young woman in the world; Princess Elizabeth.

Through exploring Prince Philip's early life, Philip Eade uncovers much about his past that is far from widely known; his relationship with his family, his schooldays in Nazi Germany and later, his alleged infidelities and his extraordinary correspondence with Princes Diana during her divorce from his son.

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User Review  - LauraBrook - LibraryThing

An ER win, I sadly have to say that I'm glad I didn't lay out any cold hard cash for this book. Told from before his birth up through the first year of his marriage to the future Queen, I had a ... Read full review

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User Review  - apurdie - LibraryThing

I read this as a companion to Pamela (Mountbatten) Hicks's memoir, Daughter of Empire, a really fascinating look at life in the British upper class and royal circles in the early 20th century. Pamela ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Philip Eade read History at Bristol University. After a year in Spain and a brief career as a criminal barrister, he took up journalism and has since written for a range of publications including Euromoney, Marie Claire and the Daily Telegraph. His first book, 'Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters' was published in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim.

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