Known for many things, associated with many events, called by many names, the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip stands as a man of interesting character. A character that seems to have begun to surface as early as his teen years while he studied in a strict boarding school in Scotland- where he was described as an ‘…undefeated spirit’- and later solidified during his years if active service in military during the WW2 as he faithfully accounts.
He was a man who spoke with such clarity that it seemed almost impossible not to know exactly what he meant. Obviously a deep thinker, he conveyed his thoughts and perspective on matters with sincerity, while avoiding sounding modest.
And when it came to his accomplishments? He communicated contentment in the little parts he played in remarkable events. However, he often joked about those events in which he took a great part of. And he was a funny man indeed. Nicknamed the ‘Duke of Jokes’, he stood as the Royal Chaplain of Jokes, mastering how to employ humor to convey his thoughts properly. Even though he did this with much maturity, cracking jokes and laughter have been a bright part of his life since he was a teenager as documented in his school report.
He spoke about major events that have taken place in his life without attempting to stir any emotional response from those who heard him. One would easily be convinced by how sincerely he communicated his outlook of things, past or present, regardless of what people thought about him or those things.
He openly acknowledged the difficulties and disappointments he has had to face in his life. Sharing them with the same boldness with which he faced them.
‘No regrets whatsoever… ‘ he commented when asked if he regretted joining the Navy instead of joining the Air Force, which was his dream.
‘…. if I had joined the Air Force, I would have been pushing up the daisies ‘ he said, allowing the facts of reality guide him rather than the spontaneity of emotions.
He valued culture and respected people’s opinions. His comments drove to guide rather than to cause an abrupt change in the minds of those he addressed. He valued friendship and even though he kept his close relationships away from the public eye, he often found solace in them.
As he grew, he grew with a sense of responsibility. He found purpose in his responsibilities. At a certain time, a poll was taken in England about who the masses felt should be the next Prime-Minister. Most people chose him. Prince Philip shunned any discussions about it and when he finally spoke as regards the matter, it was with a sense of satisfaction. There was no need to become Prime-Minister, there was no need to even consider it as a hypothetical, simply because it was not going to happen. He knew it was not going to happen, because he knew his place.
For a man, he played the role of the Title with a great sense of responsibility. Prince Philip more than Royalty, was a man.