Written by : Chris Kitching
Persistent rumours that Prince Philip has had a series of affairs during his marriage to the Queen have resurfaced in a new book just days before the royal couple’s 70th anniversary.
The book claims the Duke of Edinburgh has been romantically linked to a string of famous women and close friends.
His alleged mistresses include the stage actress Pat Kirkwood, TV presenter Katie Boyle and Susan Barrantes, the mum of Sarah Ferguson, his son Prince Andrew’s former wife.
The book describes gossip about wild parties as Prince Philip visited the outer reaches of the Commonwealth – without the Queen or their children – over four months in 1956.
None of the claims has been proven and there are now questions over the timing as they are dug up just before the Queen and Prince Philip mark their platinum wedding anniversary.