Prince Philip was a ‘fair boss’ and could be ‘quite tough’, a former member of his staff has revealed.
The office can be seen in the new BBC documentary “Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers” which aired on Wednesday, September 22.
The documentary makers went inside the palace to meet his staff and find out how he operated during his seven decades of public service.
The documentary explored the pine room, where the prince’s private secretary would sit along with the five ‘office girls’ he had working for him.
Alexandra said: “He came into the office a lot. He could be quite tough. If he asked you a question and you didn’t know the answer you would say, ‘I don’t know, I’ll find out,’ rather than trying to bluff. You would never bluff.
“But he was a very fair boss and there was a tremendous love for him, love for the office, loyalty to the private secretaries. They worked hard for us and we worked hard for them. It was a good ship to be in. There was a huge amount to learn.”
The programme also shows the huge library at with a giant glass chandelier hanging from the ceiling, which has hundreds of old books on the shelves.
All of the books were arranged into categories, and one shelf even features toy models of the political names of the 1940s and 1950s.
One of his favourite possessions from the library is a model of HMS Magpie, which he took command of in September 1950 at the age of just 29.
The Prince’s study was shown as being far calmer and was described as a “practical room with ‘no frills”.
He used a dictograph telephone which had buttons connecting him to his private secretary, the Queen’s private secretary and the office girls.
The Duke was well known for being a fan of technology, but it was revealed he sometimes struggled.
Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, revealed: “I just have memories of him getting a new printer or laptop and hearing him from his office shouting at us.
“He couldn’t get the printer to print. He loved technology and gadgets but it didn’t always work. It was always quite entertaining to see him try to figure it out.”
His desk contained a picture of the Queen and the book “Men, Machines and Sacred Cows”, a collection of essays, lectures and speeches delivered by the Prince on topics such as science, technology and design.
When asked if she misses him, Alexandra said: “Enormously. I don’t think that people understood what he had given. He has been involved in so many areas of this country’s public life.”
The programme had been made to mark the Duke’s 100th birthday in June, but he died two months before reaching that milestone.
More than a dozen royals including all of the Queen and Philip’s children – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex took part.
The show’s makers also interviewed the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall.
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