Prince Philip presented as ‘alpha male’ but was placed in ‘beta role’, says royal expert

The late Duke of Edinburgh who died on Friday aged 99 was the longest serving consort to a monarch in history. Speaking in the inaugural issue of PEOPLE Royals, Ingrid Seward, a royal author, explained how Prince Philip served in his role.

“He was an alpha male in a beta role,” said Ms Seward, author of the new ‘Prince Philip Revealed’.

“For his immediate family – his legacy is in every scrap of land, in the way the royal homes are run the way the royal collection is displayed.

He had a huge influence over every aspect of royal life both private and public.”

Prince Philip served as consort to the Queen for more than 73 years.

Upon the coronation of the Queen in 1953, Philip had to adjust to the expected protocol that required him to stand and walk a few paces behind his wife.

To the public eye, he lived a life as a secondary to the Queen, but behind closed doors, he took a leading role in family discussions and key decisions on the Royal Family.

When researching her book, Ms Seward said she discovered a “softer” side of the Duke.

She said Philip had a “softer, shyer side of him,” and “a love of little babies and small children.”

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A statement from the Palace read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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