How Did Prince Philip Treat Diana?
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Diana, Princess of Wales, had a complex relationship. While they were never close, they did share a mutual respect for one another. In 1992, Prince Philip allegedly wrote to Diana: “I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla.” This was a clear indication of his support for Diana and his disapproval of Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
At an inquest into Diana’s death in 2007, the duke’s then-private secretary, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, told the jury Prince Philip had been nothing but supportive of her. He said the prince had “always been very sympathetic and understanding” towards Diana. He also noted that Prince Philip had been “very concerned” about Diana’s welfare and had made efforts to keep in touch with her.
Prince Philip also reportedly tried to protect Diana from the media and public scrutiny. In a 1995 BBC documentary, Diana said that Prince Philip had offered her advice on how to deal with the press. He had also given her advice on how to handle her divorce from Prince Charles.
Prince Philip and Diana may not have been close, but it is clear that the Duke of Edinburgh was supportive of her and tried to protect her from the public scrutiny she faced. He was sympathetic to her struggles and offered her advice when needed.