In the second season the “The Crown,” Philip is portrayed as a whiny cad who sneers in ~ the pomp the Buckingham Palace.

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Prince Philip and also Queen Elizabeth II come at the imperial Ascot race meeting on June 19, 1962. Claire Foy and Matt smith play the imperial pair in the Netflix present The Crown.AP file, Netflix
Netflix’s glossy royal household drama “The Crown,” currently in its second season, turns its viewers into amateur historians. (Who among us has actually not scurried turn off to Google in the center of an episode, itching for factoids about the Suez Crisis and also the Profumo affair?) The hit collection takes plenty of liberties through the historical record, of food — however NBC News is right here to assist you separate reality from fiction.

We’ll start with Queen Elizabeth II’s husband: Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh. In the 2nd season that “The Crown,” Philip (Matt Smith) is shown as a whiny cad that mopes approximately Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty (Claire Foy) suspects her consort is a cheater. Spoiler alert: disagreements ensue.

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But just just how much that this portrayal is true to life? stop investigate.

Is he really so ... Surly?

The british newspaper The Independent as soon as rounded increase 90 that Philip’s biggest gaffes. “British ladies can’t cook,” he apparently told the Scottish Women’s academy in 1961. And also to singer Tom Jones, ~ a 1969 performance: “What do you gargle v — pebbles?” and also to a 13-year-old aspiring astronaut: “You might do with losing a little bit the weight.”

OK, for this reason the duke can litter shade choose nobody’s business. Yet is that really the full picture? At the very least one chronicler says: No way.

“I think the a an extremely one-dimensional portrait,” claimed Sammy Bedell Smith, the writer of biographies about Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. “Yes, that has constantly loved to do the smart-aleck remark. But most often, he has actually deployed the irreverence come relax human being when they’re about the queen.”


The version of Philip ~ above “The Crown” can be “constantly smirking, continuous disgruntled” — however the real male is far much more of a well-liked gentleman who has actually “fully adopted his role” end 70 year of marriage, blacksmith said.

What around those alleged affairs?

Infidelity is one of the vital themes of the second season. (In that respect, “The Crown” is storage of “Mad Men,” just with fancier costumes.) The collection implies — v a hefty nudge-nudge, wink-wink — Philip lugged on v a real-life Russian ballerina, Galina Ulanova.


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It’s a juicy subplot, however there’s no hard proof of an affair between Philip and also Ulanova. And while Philip has actually been linked to various other women — including British actress beat Kirkwood — few rumors have been substantiated, according to Smith.

“This innuendo the he was running off and having assignations with showgirls is flatly false,” smith said. (That consists of all that organization with the ballerina, she added.) and also while "The Crown" shows Philip"s cronies chortling around his alleged occupations at the so-called Thursday Club, the genuine all-male get-together was an ext benign, according to Smith.

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Camilla Tominey, one editor and also columnist at the Sunday Express, said some storylines on the display are "a complete fabrication."


"The Queen and also the duke of Edinburgh have been married for 70 years — an exceptional milestone because that any pair but an especially one who have actually lived through the trials and also tribulations of imperial life through the world looking on," she said. "None of the much more controversial storylines in "The Crown" can adjust the truth that lock have had one of the longest, happiest and also most successful marital relationships in imperial history."

For what the worth: Philip has reportedly refuse rumors of dalliances.

“Good God, woman,” he as soon as said to a reporter who had actually asked around extramarital liaisons. “Have you ever before stopped come think that for years, I have never moved all over without a policeman accompanying me? So just how the hell could I obtain away through anything like that?”