Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, has had to give up some of his hobbies and interests due to his age, however, royal biographer Ingrid Seward has revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh has found new passions and interests to keep himself busy and active.
In her book Prince Philip Revealed she reveals that the Duke has grown fond of cooking shows, especially those that feature cooking queen Mary Berry. In her book, she writes: “He also loves watching cooking programmes.
“He loves Mary Berry. He’s addicted to those cooking programmes.”
But he isn’t the only royal with the cooking show star, as his great-grandchild Prince Louis, Prince William and Kate’s third child, also loves her shows.
Last year, during a BBC Christmas special, which saw Prince William and Kate join up with Mary herself for a special show, the Duchess revealed that her two-year-old had a soft spot for the chef.
The two talked on a range of topics, especially focusing on the importance of providing good and nutritious meals to children and involving them in the kitchen. During the conversation, Kate told Ms Berry that her youngest son could recognize her whenever she popped on TV. She continued saying that it helps that he had seen her face on multiple spines of her cooking books at Kensington Palace.
Another sweet fact the Duchess revealed, much to Ms Berry’s surprise, that Mary had been one of the first words that Prince Louis said.
Earlier this year an insider spoke to The Sun, continuing the story: “Prince Louis likes nothing better than to check on Mary Berry cookbooks.
“He loves the pictures, points out all the things he wants to eat, with The Very Chocolate Cake, Plum Crumble seeming to be hot favourites, and fruit scones being a must.
“Whenever he sees Mary on the television, he whoops and claps his hands.”
At the moment, Prince Philip is staying at his five-bedroom cottage at Sandringham, Wood Cottage.
This house became his main residence after she officially stepped down from public duties back in August 2017. In March both he and the Queen decided to spend the months of self-isolation at Windsor Castle. The two then went to Balmoral Castle in August, before they returned to Norfolk sometime in September.
In his life, the 99-year-old had a passion for polo, shooting, fly-fishing and carriage driving, among other things.
The two royals have been married for over 70 years.
After turning 50, the Duke gave up polo and started driving the historical carriages the Royal Family has been collecting throughout the years. In 2017, while speaking about his carriage driving skills, he joked that he would regularly smash his Balmoral Dogcart.
He said: “It had to be rebuilt up every year because it got smashed regularly.
“I drove in Poland in the international, I didn’t smash it up that time, but it usually got smashed.”
The Duke was also an avid fan of shooting, being part of multiple parties in his life, but was forced to stop after undergoing surgery in 2011.
Ms Seward noted: “Philip had to give up shooting after he had a stent inserted in his heart in December 2011.
“The fear was that the recoil of the gun when it was fired might dislodge the stent.”
The Duke had to receive treatment for a blocked coronary artery at the Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire just a few days before Christmas 2011.
Since then Prince Philip also picked up fishing, the expert reveals. She wrote: “Since then, he has been obsessed with fishing and it has become his main outdoor activity after carriage driving.”