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Prince Philip's Legacy Was to Help Usher the Monarchy into the 21st Century, Andrew Morton Says

Gaone Pule
Apr 14, 2021
09:30 A.M.

English journalist and writer Andrew Morton reflected on the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy to elevate the monarchy in the 21st century.

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Andrew Morton made a virtual appearance on "Steph's Packed Lunch" to remember Prince Philip, who recently passed on at age 99. Morton also discussed whether there would be a reconciliation between his grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, following the Oprah interview.

On the lunchtime show's Twitter page, Morton was quoted saying, "He was the one who wanted to democratize, as far as reasonably possible, the monarchy," he spoke of Prince Philip.

Andrew Morton poses during Sant Jordi day celebrations on April 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain | Photo: Getty Images

Andrew Morton poses during Sant Jordi day celebrations on April 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain | Photo: Getty Images

PRINCE PHILIP’S LEGACY

Morton further explained that the Duke went against the wishes of Winston Churchill and his wife, the Queen, to get the coronation televised. "He's the one behind the Royal family film of 1969," he said.

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The 68-year-old added His Royal Highness was the head of the family and the head of the “firm” while noting that his rule was law. When asked if there could be healing between Prince Harry and his brother, Morton said people watching the burial would like to see a reunion.

“I think everybody watching the funeral would want to see some reconciliation between William and Harry and his father,” he said. Morton shared that the damaging interview still reverberates even today.

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He added that he hopes it does not overshadow the tribute to Prince Philip if everybody looks at the lip readers of what they say about the siblings' interaction that it will undercut homages to him.

Prince William and Prince Harry attend a photocall during their training at Raf Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William and Prince Harry attend a photocall during their training at Raf Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury | Photo: Getty Images

ROYAL SIBLINGS’ DRAMA

Princess Diana’s biographer stated the princes should have a “damn good row and makeup” like their grandmother and her sister Princess Margaret did throughout their relationship.

The royal expert likened the siblings to the Queen and her late sister, adding the comparisons are “many and obvious.” Morton revealed the princes’ rivalry was not the first within the Royal family as Her Majesty and Princess Margaret were like salt and pepper back in the day.

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Queen Elizabeth II poses alongside her sister Princess Margaret | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II poses alongside her sister Princess Margaret | Photo: Getty Images

QUEEN ELIZABETH & PRINCESS MARGARET’S RELATIONSHIP

Despite their differences, the sisters were fiercely loyal to each other, according to Morton. Princess Margaret – who died in 2002 at age 71 – was someone who understood the Queen in a way no one else could,” said Morton.

He told People in March that the siblings knew each other intimately from birth. Morton added there is a unique intimacy between the duo brought up together, which he found riveting.

Prince Philip and Prince Charles attend the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during a visit to Poundbury on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Philip and Prince Charles attend the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during a visit to Poundbury on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images

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PRINCE CHARLES’ NEW TITLE

Meanwhile, following the 94-year-old monarch's husband's death, their son Prince Charles is said to inherit his dad's title as he will follow in his footsteps. Morton revealed the Prince of Wales went to see his father in hospital in February and passed on the family baton.

According to Morton, Prince Charles is now the head of the family and has taken the Duke of Edinburgh’s title. The 72-year-old remains Prince of Wales even after inheriting his late father’s title.

A captured moment between Prince Harry and his grandfather Prince Philip | Photo: Getty Images

A captured moment between Prince Harry and his grandfather Prince Philip | Photo: Getty Images

PRINCE HARRY ON HIS GRANDFATHER’S DEATH

Buckingham Palace confirmed on April 9 that Prince Philip died one month after he was discharged from a 28-day hospital stay. Following the announcement of his departure, his grandson, the Duke of Sussex, broke his silence on the news of his passing.

The 36-year-old mourned his grandad by sharing a statement stating he would always remember him as the master of the barbecue, the legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

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