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Prince Charles says Prince Philip was ‘marvellous at arranging silly games’

The Prince of Wales has recalled ‘the fun of having young parents’ and how his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was ‘marvellous at arranging silly games’ in a documentary remembering the Queen’s husband. 

In a BBC tribute programme to Prince Philip, airing on Wednesday, Prince Charles, 72, says ‘there were lots of chasing around and mad things’ when he was a child.

In an unusual show of unity, senior members of the Royal Family have come together to share memories that reveal the late duke’s domestic side, and in a sneak preview clip, shared by Clarence House today, Philip, a young Charles and Princess Anne can be seen riding bicycles as their aunt, Princess Margaret, chases after them.

During Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, the heir to the throne says of his late father: ‘He was marvellous at arranging silly games. I mean, the fun of having obviously young parents was… there were lots of chasing around and mad things.’

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 The Prince of Wales (pictured with his father as a child) has recalled ‘the fun of having young parents’ and how his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was ‘marvellous at arranging silly games’

In a BBC tribute programme to Prince Philip, airing on Wednesday, Prince Charles (pictured), 72, says 'there were lots of chasing around and mad things' when he was a child

In a BBC tribute programme to Prince Philip, airing on Wednesday, Prince Charles (pictured), 72, says ‘there were lots of chasing around and mad things’ when he was a child

The Queen was just 22-years-old when she gave birth to her first son on 14 November 1948, while Prince Philip was 27. 

In another preview video, shared on the Royal Family’s Instagram account, Anne, 71, remembers fishing with her father in Scotland.

‘I always said I couldn’t catch anything and he’d say, “Nonsense, come with me,”‘ she explains. ‘And after I had been casting for about half an hour, he said, “I see what you mean.”‘

Archive footage accompanying the princess’ remarks shows a young Anne trying to fish alongside her father. 

In an unusual show of unity, senior members of the Royal Family have come together to share memories that reveal the late duke's domestic side, and in a sneak preview clip, shared by Clarence House today, Philip, a young Charles and Princess Anne can be seen riding bicycles as their aunt, Princess Margaret, chases after them (pictured)

In an unusual show of unity, senior members of the Royal Family have come together to share memories that reveal the late duke’s domestic side, and in a sneak preview clip, shared by Clarence House today, Philip, a young Charles and Princess Anne can be seen riding bicycles as their aunt, Princess Margaret, chases after them (pictured)

In another preview video, shared on the Royal Family's Instagram account, Anne (pictured as a child), 71, remembers fishing with her father in Scotland

Prince Philip filmed fishing

In another preview video, shared on the Royal Family’s Instagram account, Anne (pictured as a child, left), 71, remembers fishing with her father (pictured right) in Scotland

'I always said I couldn't catch anything and he'd say, "Nonsense, come with me,"' Anne *(pictured) explains. 'And after I had been casting for about half an hour, he said, "I see what you mean."'

‘I always said I couldn’t catch anything and he’d say, “Nonsense, come with me,”‘ Anne *(pictured) explains. ‘And after I had been casting for about half an hour, he said, “I see what you mean.”‘

Meanwhile, another clip captures Prince Edward as a child sitting in a rowing boat with his father.

The Earl of Wessex recalls: ‘I used to go out with my father fishing and I can’t quite remember at which point I was then given charge of the oars but I then had to very quickly learn how to row a boat.’ 

Others appearing in the new film include Princes William and Harry, Princess Anne’s husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

But the partners of the Duke’s grandchildren, including the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, are not involved. 

Meanwhile, another clip captures Prince Edward as a child sitting in a rowing boat with his father (pictured)

Meanwhile, another clip captures Prince Edward as a child sitting in a rowing boat with his father (pictured)

The Earl of Wessex (pictured) recalls: 'I used to go out with my father fishing and I can't quite remember at which point I was then given charge of the oars but I then had to very quickly learn how to row a boat.'

The Earl of Wessex (pictured) recalls: ‘I used to go out with my father fishing and I can’t quite remember at which point I was then given charge of the oars but I then had to very quickly learn how to row a boat.’

Previous clips released by the BBC ahead of the broadcast this week make it clear that his loss is still felt keenly.

Zara, daughter of the Princess Royal, says, poignantly: ‘You never really prepare yourself for losing him because he was always there.’

The Duke of Cambridge adds: ‘He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we have done.’

But it is his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who sums it up most succinctly: ‘We were lucky to have him for nearly 100 years.’

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers is on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday. 


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