Philip, The Prince of Greece written by John Carr & Constantinos Lagos and published by Pen & Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 288.
Many books have been written about the life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, yet there always seem to be corners of his long life that have remained unexplored. In this long look back into his early years, Constantinos Lagos and John Carr uncover hitherto unknown aspects of Philip’s life as a Greek prince and his gradual transformation from a mere appendage of the troubled Greek royal family to an enduring pillar of the British monarchy. For the first time, Lagos and Carr delve into neglected Greek archives for a fascinating picture of Philip’s early Greek life and the constant insecurity that dogged his steps as his father Prince Andrew of Greece and mother Princess Alice struggled to order their own lives in the maelstrom of unstable and often violent Greek politics in a Europe sliding towards world war. The Greek royal family, in which Philip has his roots, is dealt with at length, to bring out the particular family history and circumstances that played no small part in shaping his personality.
Anyone curious about how Prince Philip actually grew up will find in this book a wealth of eye-opening, often startling details that will add more brush strokes to the portrait of the often-elusive but real Prince Philip.
I must admit that I was chuffed about being asked to review this book, the reason being that some books about Royals can be rather dry and formal. But I suspected that any books about Prince Philip were not likely to be like that because of his character that we all came to see. Now this particular book has nothing of Philip as we came to know him today, it’s about his childhood and growing up as a young man as part of the Greek Royal family. It’s quite interesting and fascinating, quite heavy on the Greek experience but a really good read. I’m looking forward to the next book and the next stage of his life.