Philip was the 5th kid and only boy of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his wife, Princess Alice of Battenberg. His older sis were Princesses Margarita, Theodora, Cécilie, and Sophie. The late royal accompaniment, who died Friday at 99, came of a household of Greek aristocrats who led remarkable and vibrant lives in the 20th century, including 3 sisters who were wed to Nazis and a mama who was honored for saving Jews throughout the Holocaust.
The prince would stay near his mommy, who concerned live at Buckingham Palace in her final years, while he had a complex relationship with his sis, who were not even invited to his wedding. If you believe the royal household has drama, wait up until you become aware of Prince Philip’s side of the clan. Alice was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, making Philip and the Queen distantly associated.
She was born congenitally deaf but could speak plainly. When Philip was nine, his mom was admitted to a Swiss insane asylum where she was held against her will for over 2 years. Sophie likewise remained in contact with her sibling and was the godmother to Prince Edward.
The couple joined the Nazi party in May 1937.
Months later on, the family fulfilled a violent ending when Cécilie, eight months pregnant with her third child, died in a plane crash alongside her two boys and husband. Firefighters likewise discovered the remains of a child. He handled to prevent being carried out like lots of others connected to the strategy and lived up until 1960.
Christoph died in a plane mishap in 1943 and Sophie wed Prince George William of Hanover 3 years later on, going on to have another 3 children. When Philip was just 18 months old, the household was banished from Greece and settled in Paris, where they count on family members for handouts. It was there that Alice ended up being progressively more religious, began hearing voices, and declared that she was receiving divine messages.
Sophie was a guest at Herman Goering’s wedding in 1936 and, after having dined with Hitler, wrote that he was a “captivating and relatively modest man”. The couple called among their five kids, Karl Adolf, in honor of Hitler. After Alice was released, she essentially ended up being homeless, remaining in numerous German inns.
Alice did not see Philip again up until the funeral of her daughter Cécilie.
Who died in a plane crash at the age of 26 in 1937. Before she passed away, she penned a touching note for her youngest kid, “Dearest Philip, Be brave, and remember I will never leave you, and you will always discover me when you need me most. All my devoted love, your old Mama.” By 1930, Andrew’s marriage to Alice was efficiently over, and although the couple never divorced he decamped to the French Riviera with a girlfriend and passed away in 1944.
Philip had actually not seen his daddy since 1939. Andrew was a birth prince of both Denmark and Greece and related to the Romanov Dynasty. He served in both the Balkan Wars and the Greco-Turkish War and was exiled from Greece along with his family in 1922.
Sophie wed her second cousin, Prince Christoph of Hesse, when she was just 16. At the funeral service member of the family were photographed using Nazi uniforms. She was diagnosed as schizophrenic and, on the advice of Sigmund Freud, her womb was irradiated with x-rays in an attempt to prevent her supposed libidos.
Philip is said to have had a close relationship with Cecilie.
Who married her cousin Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. She had 3 children and died in 1969, weeks prior to her mother passed away. Theodora was the only one of Philip’s brother or sisters who did not believe Nazis were hubby product, deciding rather to wed her 2nd cousin Berthold, Margrave of Baden.
Margarita had six kids, 5 of whom made it through into the adult years, and remained in touch with her bro, even visiting after Princess Anne was born. Christoph was a director of the Third Reich’s Ministry of Air Forces and held the rank of Oberführer in the SS. He likewise served in the Luftwaffe Research Office.
Philip’s earliest sis married Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a German aristocrat who went on to end up being a Nazi, though he did eventually switch on Hitler. Gottfried was amongst the officers implicated in the “Operation Valkyrie” plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944, which was depicted in the 2008 war movie “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise. Alice ultimately settled in Athens, Greece, and throughout World War II hid a Jewish family on the top floor of her home, around the corner from a Gestapo headquarters.
Alice’s heroic actions were recognized by the Holocaust center Yad Vashem in Israel.
In 1993, the remembrance center bestowed the title of Righteous Among the Nations on Alice and a year later on, Philip traveled to Yad Vashem and planted a tree in her honor. Alice offered off her jewels and founded her own spiritual order, the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary, prior to building a convent and orphanage in a bad location of Athens. After a military coup in Greece in 1967, the increasingly frail Alice was convinced to live in Buckingham Palace with her son and household.
She died two years later on, leaving no ownerships after offering all her personal effects away.