‘Warned me about you!’ Prince Philip in cheeky pop at journalist during UK State visit

Prince Philip ‘told it like it is’ says Marlene Koenig

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Royal historian Marlene Koenig recalled the time she met the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in 1992. Ms Koenig, who corresponded with Philip’s sister, Princess Sophie of Denmark and Greece, had travelled to the UK for a press trip. When meeting the prince, she told him having spoken to his older sister on previous occasions.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “He told it like it is. He did not suffer fools gladly.

“In 1992, during the state visit, I was covering for a British magazine and I got invited to the press reception.

“When meeting Philip, I said to him, ‘I correspond with your sister, Princess Sophie’.

“Prince Philip’s response was, ‘yes, she warned me about you’.”

Her comments come as the Queen spoke out for the first time since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh to thank well-wishers across the globe for the tributes paid to her husband which have “deeply touched” the royal family.

In a message released on her 95th birthday, the Queen said she and her family were in a “period of great sadness” but were comforted by words of praise for Philip who died peacefully at Windsor aged 99.

Her Majesty said the words of support received reminded her of the “extraordinary impact” the Duke had on people during his life.

The public has been leaving floral tributes with cards and letters at royal palaces in memory of the duke, and an online book of condolence has been opened offering people across the globe the opportunity to share their memories of Philip.

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The Queen said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and around the world.

“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”

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Philip’s family and friends gathered at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday to say their final farewell to the duke, who died peacefully on April 9.

His death came a few months before his 100th birthday, which was due to be the focus of royal celebrations this year, while the Queen’s 95th was to be more low-key.

After 73 years of married life, the Queen now reigns alone without the support of her “strength and stay”, as she famously described her late husband.

The royal family, following Covid guidelines, have been supporting the Queen and have been rallying around her since Philip’s death.

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