The news shocked the entire planet. On April 9, Buckingham Palace announced, with “deep sorrow”, the disappearance of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The 99-year-old patriarch of the British royal family died after seventy-four years of marriage with Queen Elizabeth II, for whom he was a “rock” throughout their reign strewn with pitfalls. But if the Duke of Edinburgh has always shone with his loyalty to the daughter of George VI, he also had a strong relationship with another woman. From her name Penelope Knatchbull (known as Lady Romsey then Brabourne), this woman was none other than the Countess of Mountbatten, wife of Prince Philip’s godson, Norton Knatchbull, Lord Romsey.
Thirty-two years younger to the Duke, Penny Eastwood is the daughter of Marian Elizabeth Hood and Reginald Wray Frank Eastwood. She married Norton Knatchbull in 1979, and has three children with him: Nicholas, Alexandra and Leonora. In 1991, however, the youngest died at the age of five from kidney cancer. It is on the sidelines of this drama that Penelope gets closer to Prince Philip, who imposes himself in solid support on which to rely. Their relationship will last thirty years, during which the Duke of Edinburgh will never seek to hide his complicity with the wife of his godson.
Rumors of infidelity around Prince Philip
Still, the relationship of Prince Philip and Penelope Brabourne has not failed to spill some ink. For several years, the Duke of Edinburgh was suspected of infidelity towards Queen Elizabeth II. These rumors were never confirmed, however, and Elizabeth II herself has let it be known that she will not stop Philip from dating other women than her. “It is a waste of time to try to change a man’s character”, confided the Queen of England a few years ago. Prince Philip’s funeral will take place on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Norton and Penelope Romsey © AFTONBLADET BILD