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One of my favourite authors has written Before the Crown, the wartime love story between a very young Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, RN.
I asked Flora Harding to tell me about it.
Sophie I say a very young Princess Elizabeth. But actually she and Prince Philip must have known each other all their lives. Weren’t they related?
FLORA Yes, they’re both directly descended from Queen Victoria and part of an extended network of royal relatives. They would have come across each other at odd family occasions like weddings or George VI’s Coronation.
But there was a five-year age gap. They don’t seem to have had much to do with each other until the famous encounter in 1939. Continue reading