Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have separate bedrooms.
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh have been married for 71 years now. However, the royal couple reportedly sleep in separate beds. According to the Queen’s cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks, this is a normal thing for the upper class to do. Hicks opened up about this in an interview with Sally Bedell Smith about her new biography for the Queen.
“In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms,” Hicks explained to Smith (via Daily Express). “You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around.”
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II met in 1939 at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth when the monarch was only 13 years old and Prince Philip was 18. She fell in love with the gentleman and they started exchanging letters. Their formal engagement was only announced when Queen Elizabeth II was 21.
According to “The Royal House of Windsor” documentary, Prince Philip proposed to Queen Elizabeth II when she was just 20 years old without informing King George, which made the latter angry. So, the king made ways to delay their wedding.
The king scheduled a family tour to South Africa without Prince Philip. “The family, us four, the royal family, must remain together with of course additions at suitable moments,” he wrote to his besotted daughter.
Following their royal wedding, Prince Philip had to make a huge sacrifice to his career when the king passed away as his wife had to take over the throne. The Duke of Edinburgh was forced to resign as a Royal Navy commander as he promised to support Queen Elizabeth II.
“Philip knew that their carefree days were over,” Annie Bullen wrote in “Prince Philip: The Duke of Edinburgh.” “He understood the family days in his beloved home, Clarence House, were behind him and that they would have to move to Buckingham Palace. He also knew that there was no chance of further service in the Royal Navy.”
“Although he was powerless to prevent the move, he decided to modernise the way things were done at the palace,” Bullen added. “Some of the older courters were horrified, but on the whole Philip’s questions and changes went down well.”
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have separate bedrooms. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on Oct. 12, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Alastair Grant