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Prince William reveals Prince Philip’s favourite prank
Prince William has revealed his late grandfather’s favourite prank in a new documentary. According to William, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had a go-to prank that involved a tube of mustard and a big old mess.
In the documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, William describes the prank thusly, “He used to take the lid off and put it in your hands… and then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling. He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”
William added, “He enjoyed those jokes, he enjoyed messing around the children and being a grandfather.”
Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, also remembered Philip’s pranks fondly: “I can’t remember exactly what he says but he ends up slamming your hands together…. It goes all over the ceiling.” Her brother Peter Phillips added: “I actually think the marks are still there.”
The documentary features all four of Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s children, along with their grandchildren. It was filmed before and after Philip’s death on April 9, and was originally planned to mark his 100th birthday on June 10th.
In another clip from the documentary, William revealed that the Queen and Philip “loved” when things went wrong during public appearances. “They’ve lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time and so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot.
“Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed. They love it.”
Prince Harry also features in the documentary, making it the first time he has worked on something with his family since stepping back from royal duties in January 2020. “More than anything I miss his sense of humour. But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there. I also know she will be okay without him.”
At the time of his death, Prince Philip had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, making him the longest-serving royal consort in world history.
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