PRINCE PHILIP celebrates its birthday on Monday amid claims by royal experts that the Duke of Edinburgh leads a separate life to the queen and lives “miles apart”.
The duke of Edinburgh turns 98, two years after the announcement of his farewell to royal life. But although he may mark the big day with his wife, royal spectators claim that the couple “live different lives” and do not see each other “for weeks”. It was previously claimed that the couple settled in this “new rhythm” of married life and spends more time in later years.
A royal source explained that “the queen feels that the duke has earned a good retirement”.
The source added: “She knows him too well, if he was still at the center of royal life, he felt he should be involved.
Being at Wood Farm means that he is not too far away, but far enough away to relax. “
Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “As fairly well documented, the duke divides his time between Wood Farm at Sandringham Estate and Windsor Castle, more Norfolk than Berkshire because things are more relaxed there.
As a result, he is sometimes weeks away from the queen, but they talk on the phone every day. “
Philip has reportedly set up a retirement base at Wood Farm cottage on his and the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in green Norfolk.
He said: “Unlike most married couples, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh often live miles apart, while Prince Philip now spends almost no time at Buckingham Palace.
“This is due to the fact that he is now retired and prefers to live in one of his other houses.
“The Duke has always considered Buckingham Palace a workplace.
“It is in the middle of London’s busy London and may not offer the same peaceful tranquility as Windsor Castle or Sandringham House.
“Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch.
“Since our 93-year-old queen is still working, she will spend most of her time at her workplace here.”