During the initial conversation, Charles explained that he spoke with his father at Windsor Castle in April 2020, delicately bringing up the subject of his upcoming 100th birthday.
“We’re talking about your birthday,” Charles said, knowing that Philip wasn’t too interested in the idea. He also noted that his father was slightly hard of hearing at the time, so he repeated himself again at a louder volume: “We’re talking about your birthday and whether there’s going to be reception!”
Charles recalled his father’s response: “Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”
“I knew you’d say that!” Charles replied.
A trailer for the Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers program was first released on September 11, where Charles and his sons teased their memories with their grandfather.
“He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we’ve done, really,” Prince William explained in the trailer.
“We were lucky to have him for nearly one hundred years,” Charles recalled during the preview.
The BBC announced the forthcoming documentary on September 8, noting the film was initially conceptualized to mark the milestone 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. Following Philip’s death in April 2020 at age 99, the documentary became a memorial project instead.
The televised special will feature interviews with the royal couple’s four adult children, eight adult grandchildren (which includes the Duke of Cambridge, 39, the Duke of Sussex, 36, and Tindall, 40) as well as other royal family members and Philip’s longstanding household staff.
“The documentary-makers have been inside Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library, exactly as they were during his seven decades at the heart of royal life,” the U.K. TV network explained in a press release. “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivaled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history — by those who knew him best.”
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers premieres in the U.K. on Wednesday, September 22 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.Listen to the Royally Us podcast for everything you want to know about our favorite family across the pond.
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