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Who is Prince Philip?

The controversial figure is known as much for his controversial comments, as loyalty to Queen and country. But who really is he? An ancient deity? A hideous racist? Or a simple family man and national treasure?

As a deity

Many Pacific Island cargo cults see Prince Philip as an ancient deity.

Cargo cults view the Prince as a God

Following a prophecy, and the impact of US troops on Pacific Island nations, many of these cultures believe the Prince is an ancient deity. Vanuatu's Kastom people worship Prince Philip as the second coming of their God. Explore

As a family man

Married for 72 years, and a dedicated father? That love and loyalty should define the Prince's memory.

A loving husband

Prince Philip married the Queen in 1947. Together, they weathered the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, the fall of Communism, and much more. In more than seven decades of marriage, their love was the only constant. Explore

A dedicated father

Prince Philip fathered four children with the Queen, and has stuck by them through scandal, divorce and even calls for their extradition. That kind of dedication is an absolute rarity. Explore

A caring grandfather

As Prince William described him to Matt Smith at a charity sports match:“Just one word—legend!” Explore

As a controversial figure

For decades, Prince Philip's comments drew criticism for their offensive and insensitive nature.

An unabashed racist

The Prince has been known for his racially insensitive comments, including "Still throwing spears?" to Australian Aboriginals. Explore

An old school sexist

The Prince has made a innumerable comments laying bear his old-fashioned and prejudiced views on women, such as 'British women can't cook'. Explore

A philanderer

The press has long accused the Prince of having passionate affairs during his marriage, including with a showgirl in the 1950s. Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 17:57 UTC